GCU’s Accelerated Nursing Program in the Boise Area

16-Month Accelerated Nursing Program Near Boise (Meridian, ID)¹

Grand Canyon University offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program near Boise to provide another location for aspiring nurses to make a career switch or begin their nursing studies in an area convenient to them. With three start dates a year and online courses,2 GCU’s nursing program near Boise (Meridian, ID) offers adult learners convenience as they complete their nursing studies. In-person immersive simulation and skills labs, along with your clinical rotations, provide you with the opportunity to exercise your hands-on nursing knowledge and skills.

Boise (Meridian, ID) ABSN Scholarship Offer
Up to $8,000 nursing scholarship available for those who qualify.³

Enroll in our accelerated BSN pre-nursing program in Boise (Meridian, ID) and receive a $2,000 scholarship per semester toward your tuition, if you qualify.3 Learn more about this scholarship opportunity.

Why Choose GCU for Your ABSN in the Boise (Meridian, ID) Area?

By enrolling in GCU’s accelerated nursing program in the Boise (Meridian, ID) metropolitan area, you have the opportunity to complete your BSN degree in 16 months.1 Your online nursing courses are also instilled with a Christian worldview,2 allowing you to combine your nursing knowledge with Christian principles and concepts such as compassion, respect for human dignity and ethics. After successful completion of this ABSN program, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®), and upon passing, will earn your RN license.

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In May 2023, registered nurses in the Boise (Meridian, ID) area had a median annual salary of $84,320, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.4

Nursing Career Outlook in Boise

Like in many other areas of the country, there is a significant nursing shortage in the state of Idaho. About 29% of Idaho’s RN workforce is aged 55 or older, creating the expectation that this shortage is expected to worsen.5 This is due not only to the retiring nurses but also to a reduced number of new nursing students to replace them. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2022, there are 6,330 RNs in Boise.6

Nursing options, such as the accelerated nursing program close to Boise (Meridian, ID), hold the potential to help fill these employment gaps and lessen the nursing shortage. By graduating educated nurses in 16 months,1 this ABSN program strives to add more job-ready RNs into the nursing workforce in an efficient, effective manner.

Accelerated BSN Program Near Boise (Meridian, ID) for Non-Nursing Degree Holders

With multiple nursing pathways available, GCU’s ABSN program near Boise (Meridian, ID) is designed for individuals who have either a non-nursing degree or for those with transfer credits or no prior coursework.

GCU is an institutionally accredited university,7 offering approved programs, such as the ABSN program, which reflect the quality of the university itself. Earning your BSN from an accredited university teaches you balanced, in-depth knowledge aimed to prepare you for your career as a nurse upon graduation.

Complete your nursing courses online and experience added convenience while earning your degree.

Your immersive simulation and skills labs can provide you with the opportunity to practice what you learn before interacting with patients.

Experience working in Boise (Meridian, ID) area hospitals and immerse yourself in applying your nursing studies and learning from healthcare professionals.

Those with a non-nursing degree, transfer credits or without any prior coursework may be eligible for our ABSN program. You must also complete the required pre-requisite courses before starting the program. To discuss your eligibility and learn how to enroll, fill out the form on this page to get in contact with a university counselor.

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Boise (Meridian, ID) Area Accelerated Nursing Program FAQs

If you’re looking to become an RN by enrolling in an ABSN program near Boise (Meridian, ID), our frequently asked questions can help provide you with more information on this career path.

This ABSN program takes 16 months to complete.1 Over that timeline, you can complete your online course materials in combination with attending in-person simulation and skills labs,2 as well as your clinical rotations around the Boise-Meridian area.

The first step for those wishing to become a nurse in this area is to explore nursing degree options near you. If you have a non-nursing degree, transfer credits, any prior coursework, or no prior coursework, you may be eligible for the Boise (Meridian, ID) area accelerated nursing program. To learn more about enrolling, fill out the form on this page.

If nursing is a career choice that you find rewarding and you’re looking to become an RN in the Boise (Meridian, ID) area, pursuing your BSN degree in this area may be well worth it. An ABSN program can help you transition from a previous career background to a career in nursing in 16 months.1 Additionally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in Boise, ID had a median annual salary of $84,320 in May 2023.4


Boise (Meridian, ID) ABSN Learning Site

Office Building 2 at Eagle View Landing
1144 S. Silverstone Way, Suite 200
Meridian, ID 83642

View our Postsecondary State Authorizations and SARA and State Disclosures information for Idaho.

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Explore Boise Attractions and Activities

The Boise area has much to offer you as an ABSN student. Located in the middle of the Rocky Mountain region of the Pacific Northwest, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful mountain landscape and natural attractions. Depending on the season, you may choose to go for a round of golf near the mountains, float down the Boise River, ski down the Bogus Basin or enjoy a scenic bike ride near the Boise Foothills.

Downtown Boise has more than 100 restaurants and shops for you to fulfill all your shopping and dining needs.8 You may choose to explore the many taprooms, cider houses or brew halls as well. The city also offers many unique and popular attractions, such as the Anne Frank Memorial, Boise Art Museum, the Discovery Center — an interactive science museum — as well as annual music festivals.

You will complete your hands-on immersive simulation and skills labs in Meridian, Idaho, just a few miles west of downtown Boise. This area has many scenic parks where you can take a stroll or hang out for an afternoon concert, as well as a waterpark, various dining options, multiple movie theatres and a popular shopping center known as The Village.

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If you’re ready to begin your nursing career near Boise (Meridian, ID), request more information.

Secondary Applicants must transfer a minimum of 60 of the required 123 credits or have completed a baccalaureate degree which includes nine prerequisite courses/labs and 10 general education courses prior to starting the core nursing courses, which can be completed in as few as 16 months. Direct Entry Applicants that do not transfer 60 credits but meet the minimum requirements can complete these credits through GCU prior to starting the core nursing courses. Depending on the state where student has enrolled or intends to complete the program, student may require additional courses. This may include, but is not limited to, additional general education courses, courses in the major, clinical courses, or a different course sequence. See University Policy Handbook.

While all courses are completed online, you will need to attend clinical, practicum and immersion hours in person locally.

3 MOU ABSN Boise Scholarship: This scholarship applies to tuition and fees only and is valued at $2,000 per semester for the Fall 2024 semester. The accelerated BSN Pre-Nursing Boise Scholarship is only valid for those applicants who meet all admissibility requirements including secondary acceptance into the clinical portion of your program. You must be enrolled full-time as a Ground Traditional student into the ABSN program and a clinical participant at the Boise location. Scholarship is renewable each semester, not to exceed $8000 in total. This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other GCU scholarships.

4 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Registered Nurses as of May 2023, retrieved May 1, 2024. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 to 2023 may be atypical compared to prior years. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers nationwide with varying levels of education and experience. It does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as registered nurses, nor does it reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country or a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries. Your employability will be determined by numerous factors over which GCU has no control, such as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, the graduate’s experience level, individual characteristics, skills, etc., against a pool of candidates.

Baul, C. (2023, Aug. 22). How Idaho’s hospitals are addressing the nursing shortage. Idaho Business Review. Retrieved Sept. 25, 2023.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (n.d.). May 2022 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates; Boise City, ID. Retrieved Sept. 25, 2023.

For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university approvals, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.

Visit Boise. (n.d.). Downtown. Retrieved Sept. 25, 2023.