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Application Requirements

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

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

Step 1: Apply to the College of Southern Idaho (to become a student and get a student ID number).

*Acceptance to College does not guarantee placement to the program*

Step 2:Effective January 1, 2019- Students applying to the Licenced Practical Nursing Program to start Fall 2019 are no longer required to take the entrance exam (HESI). The scoresheet will be updated shortly. Students applying to the program for the February 15th deadline are encouraged to check this website for additional updates. Updates will be communicated as they become available.

Take the designated nursing entrance exam (HESI). This test measures basic essential skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, science and English and measures entry level academic readiness of nursing program applicants. The time limit for this test is approximately 240 minutes. This test can be completed at the CSI testing center or other approved testing sites. For more information about the CSI testing center.

  • Students must score in the satisfactory category or higher (70%) to be considered for the LPN program. The HESI test must be completed and passed at the satisfactory level or higher by the application date.
  • Students will only be allowed to take the HESI Test a total of 2 times in each application period. You can repeat the HESI test one time in each application period to reach the satisfactory level with a 30 day waiting period between each test.
  • If you take your HESI test at a testing center other than CSI, you will need to submit a copy of your results with your application materials.

To prepare for the HESI test or if you do not reach the satisfactory level within your two attempts, there are resources available. In the CSI library, there is the HESI pre-test study manual. Available for purchase through the HESI website, there are learning strategies, HESI online practice assessments, study manuals. You can even purchase your HESI transcript, if needed. Click here for more information about the HESI test.

The HESI test has a cost of $42.00 per assessment that must be paid with a credit/debit card online at the HESI website before you take the test.

Follow these instructions to create an account and pay for the exam: HESI registration instructions

After you have set up an account and paid for the test online; print the receipt and take it to a CSI testing center to take the test. Allow four (4) hours to take the test.


Step 3: Complete, print and turn in an application to the Licensed Practical Nursing program.

Step 4: The following must be submitted or postmarked by the application deadline in order to receive points on the score sheet:

  1. Application to Practical Nursing program;
  2. Official high school transcript or GED/HSE (with graduation date) to the Office of the Registrar;
  3. Official college transcripts (from all other schools, not CSI) to the Office of the Registrar;
  4. Copies of any of the following to the Health Sciences and Human Services Department, if applicable:
    • Current copy of CNA license (front and back),
    • Copy of health-related field credential (i.e. RT, EMT, Paramedic, ST, MA, etc.),
    • HESI test results (only if the test was NOT taken at a CSI testing center),
    • Documentation of health-related work.

High school/college transcripts may be turned in personally to Office of the Registrar located in the Taylor Building or mailed to College of Southern Idaho, Attn: Office of the Registrar, PO Box 1238, Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238.

application and copies of licenses may be turned in personally to the Health Sciences and Human Services main office or mailed to College of Southern Idaho, Health Sciences and Human Services Department, Attn: Tammy Pehrson, PO Box 1238, Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238.

Course Expiration: 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.

Entrance Requirements

Step 1: You must be able to meet the mental and physical eligibility requirements.

Step 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

Contact Information and Location:
Contact Person: Tamara Pehrson
HSHS Building  121
315 Falls Avenue  PO Box 1238
Twin Falls,  ID  83303-1238
Phone:  208-732-6727 or 800-680-0274,  ext.  6727
Fax:  208-736-4743 (This is a shared fax. Please use a cover sheet.)
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