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Idaho Nurse Practitioner Certification

In the state of Idaho, NPs fall into the category of advanced practice professional nurses (APPNs). APPNs also include RN anesthetists, certified nurse–midwives, and CNS.

NPs in Idaho diagnose and assess patients, establish and execute management plans for chronic or acute disease and illness, and advise patients on how to prevent disease and illness as well as promote good health. NPs may prescribe pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments. In addition, they establish collaborative relationships with other health professionals to provide optimum health care. In Idaho, NPs can become family NPs and act as primary care providers for patients in a variety of settings. Programs to become family NPs include an emphasis on rural health issues.


The Idaho Board of Nursing regulates Idaho NPs. According to the Board of Nursing, an NP is a licensed professional who has successfully completed a nationally accredited nurse practitioner program.

Advanced education required by the Idaho Board of Nursing for NPs includes a minimum of a master’s degree. The degree must be in a specialized area, such as acute care, adult care, pediatric care, family care, geriatric care, or Ob/Gyn care. At least 30 hours of the studies must be in the area of pharmacological care.

Because there are few campus-based universities in the state of Idaho that offer master’s degree nursing programs, there is a shortage of NPs. Idaho State University does offer a master’s degree in nursing science. However, many students cannot attend Idaho State University because they do not live near the campus. For this reason, internet-based nursing programs are ideal for many Idaho students pursuing their NP certification. Some Board-approved, online programs are provided by: South University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, and University of Cincinnati. Because clinical hours are required to become an Idaho NP, the faculties of internet-based programs arrange clinical sites that are as close to the student’s local community as possible.

Once you have earned your master’s degree in nursing, you must pass a national certification examination in your area of specialty. Then, you must receive a document of certification by a national certifying body recognized by the Idaho Board of Nursing.

APPNs in Idaho must renew their licenses every 2 years. They can expect to earn an average of $70,000 to $80,000 per year in mid-career, but salary rates vary depending on location, area of specialty, and experience.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014