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.

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:
https://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 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.

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

Learn more about Idaho LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Idaho 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.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Boise City920$19.34$40,220
Idaho Falls330$17.62$36,650
Coeur d'Alene280$20.72$43,090
Pocatello220$19.18$39,900
Lewiston80$19.03$39,590

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

LPN Programs in Idaho

ProgramDetails
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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