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.

  • LPN Programs in Idaho

    Carrington College - Boise
    1122 North Liberty St, Boise, ID 83704
    (208) 779-3100 Visit Homepage
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    College of Southern Idaho
    315 Falls Ave, Twin Falls, ID 83301
    (208) 733-9554 Visit Homepage
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    Eastern Idaho Technical College
    1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404
    (208) 524-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Idaho State University - College of Technology
    921 South 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209
    (208) 282-2622 Visit Homepage
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    Lewis - Clark State College
    500 8th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 792-5272 Visit Homepage
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    North Idaho College
    1000 W Garden Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
    (208) 769-3300 Visit Homepage
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    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 (

    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.
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    Idaho LPN licenses expire on August 31st every even-numbered year.

    Learn more about Idaho LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    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 (

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Idaho LPN to RN programs page.