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Practical Nursing Program


Tammy Pehrson

(208) 732-6727

Program Overview

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) practice in long term care facilities, physician offices, rural hospitals, home health, and administrative offices. LPN’s completing the program at CSI graduate with IV Therapy Certification. The Practical Nursing (PN) program is approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing and Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education. Upon satisfactory completion of the PN program the graduate is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN. Applying to this program is a separate application process from applying to the College or declaring your major.

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all Required Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Admission Requirements

Thirty (30) students are accepted each fall and spring semester, dependent on clinical placement. Given the competitive nature of the program, acceptance is determined on the highest points accrued, see PN Admission Score Sheet. There is not a wait list; students not accepted will need to reapply.


Application materials are due by or postmarked by September 15 or the February 15 deadline of each year.

To apply to the CSI Practical Nursing program, follow the steps below.

  1. Apply to the College of Southern Idaho. High school/college transcripts must be submitted to the College of Southern Idaho, PO Box 1238, Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238 by the LPN program applicaiton deadline. This process could take several weeks.
    *Acceptance to College does not guarantee placement to the program*
  2. Complete, print and turn in an application to the Practical Nursing program.
  3. The following must be submitted or postmarked by the application deadline in order to receive points on the score sheet:
    • Application to the Practical Nursing program.
    • Copies of any of the following, if applicable:
      • Current copy of CNA license (front and back),
      • Copy of health-related field credential (i.e. RT, EMT, Paramedic, ST, MA, etc.),
      • Documentation of health-related work.
      • Copy of your unoffical transcripts printed from your MyCSI.

    Application and copies of licenses may be turned in personally to the Health Sciences and Human Services main office
    mailed to:

    College of Southern Idaho
    Health Sciences and Human Services Department
    Attn: Tammy Pehrson
    PO Box 1238
    Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238

    All required Math and Science courses must be taken within 5 years of the application deadline to count toward application scoresheet, program acceptance, and program completion.

    The score sheet will only be used to rank applicants. There is no minimum score needed to apply. You will only receive points for documentation you provide


  1. You must be able to meet the mental and physical eligibility requirements.
  2. To start the 1st semester of the Practical Nursing courses, you must have successfully completed:
    • Pre-college level math course, if applicable, (MATH 025, MATH 099B, MATH 023, or MATH 043) or have a placement score into a general education math course.
    • A packet of information regarding the following requirements prior to starting the program will be sent to you upon acceptance:
      • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR card
      • Current immunizations
      • Current physical
      • Background check
      • Drug screen
      • Health Insurance

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing program, a student will be able to:

  1. Promote the human dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth of patients, oneself, and members of the health care team. [Human Flourishing]
  2. Provide a rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of patients within a family context. [Nursing Judgment]
  3. Assess how one’s personal strengths and values affect one’s identity as a nurse and one’s contributions as a member of the health care team. [Professional Identity]
  4. Question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition, and patient preferences. [Spirit of Inquiry]

Sample Career Opportunities

  • Licensed Practical Nurses

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices

Gainful Employment

The following majors are included in this program:

This information provided in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about Gainful Employment can be found at