Becoming an LPN in Idaho
The state of Idaho strives to improve the availability of healthcare for all people, including the health of their nurses. They believe that high standards of nursing education and practice will foster involvement in the processes that shape the policies, benefiting the entire community. As the nursing demand grows, more students flock to approved programs for licensing. While Idaho participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allowing nurses from other NLC state to practice without additional licensing, other state LPN's can attain their license via endorsement. The Bureau of Labor Statistic does not have updated statistics of LPN jobs available in the latest data pull identifying ten year growth projections from 2014-2024 in Idaho.
Program Details1122 North Liberty St, Boise, ID 83704 Request Information315 Falls Ave, Twin Falls, ID 83301 Request Information1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Request Information921 South 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209 Request Information500 8th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501 Request Information1000 W Garden Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 Request Information
Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.
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Idaho LPN Licensing Requirements
Becoming an LPN in Idaho is not a painful process, but the applicant must keep in mind that certain job functions may not only require quick thinking but may also require physical strength and endurance. To meet state education requirements, individuals must attend an approved nursing program, as well as complete the NCLEX exam—state-required testing to prove the applicant is ready for the field of nursing. The following must also be submitted along with the required application for licensure:
- Headshot (passport-style) photograph—indicating the date the photo was taken.
- Affidavit of graduation submitted by applicant’s nursing program.
- Fingerprint card and criminal background check.
- NCLEX Acknowledgement.
Idaho Applications and Forms (http://ibn.idaho.gov/IBNPortal/BoardAdditional.aspx?Board=IBON&BureauLinkID=930)
Idaho is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact which means that nurses in compact states must register a primary state of residence, but can work in multiple compact states without additional licensure.
LPN's for states outside of the Nurse Licensure Compact (or NLS is a set of 24 states that allow nurses to distinguish a primary state but work in multiple NLC state without additional licensing) can apply for an Idaho license by endorsement provided he or she submits the following:
- Proof of licensure in another state for a minimum of 2 years.
- Original transcripts from state-approved nursing program equivalent to the state of Idaho
- Pass the NCLEX or SBTPE.
- Fingerprint card and criminal background check.
- Employment reference from the 3 year period preceding the application.
- Foreign applicants must also submit a course-by-course review and English proficiency.
- See (https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm)
Idaho LPN licenses expire on August 31st every even-numbered year.
Additional ID Nursing Resources
Idaho Board of Nursing
280 N. 8th Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: (208) 334-3110
Fax: (208) 334-3262
1. Idaho Nurses Association (http://www.idahonurses.org/)
LPN Salary: Idaho vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
Idaho LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPN's in Idaho was $39,500. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Idaho (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=16&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Idaho Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information obtained from the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Idaho. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Boise City 920 $19.34 $40,220 Idaho Falls 330 $17.62 $36,650 Coeur d'Alene 280 $20.72 $43,090 Pocatello 220 $19.18 $39,900 Lewiston 80 $19.03 $39,590