There are limited FNP specific programs in our directory for Idaho. You may consider an Online FNP program - there are 2 MSN programs in our directory with campus locations in Idaho.
Nurses who graduate from MSN programs that prepare nurse practitioners are licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Idaho. This umbrella term includes nurses who are certified as Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Nurse-Midwives.
According to rules published by the Idaho Board of Nursing, requirements for licensure as an APRN include: current licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Idaho; completion of an accredited graduate or post-graduate APRN program; and current national certification in the specified APRN role. Temporary licensure is available to nurses who are awaiting the results of their certification examination.
Typical curriculum for MSN programs vary based on the specialization and track selected. Boise State University and Northwest Nazarene University offer MSNs that prepare students to be certified as Nurse Practitioners (NPs).
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NP programs should provide theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge that prepare students for national certification in their anticipated area of population-focused practice.
Entry-level core NP competencies are the same regardless of population-focus and include education in: Management of Patient Health/Illness Status, The Nurse Practitioner-Patient Relationship, The Teaching-Coaching Function, Professional Role, Managing and Negotiating Health Care Delivery Systems, Monitoring and Ensuring the Quality of Health Care Practices, and Culturally-Sensitive Care.
This coursework is supplemented with required clinical hours. Most NP programs can be completed in 2-4 years.