Idaho colleges expand shared health science degrees

Idaho State University and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine on Monday committed to expand shared health science degree programs and enhance research.

University officials said the colleges plan to expand jointly offered master’s degree programs in health administration, public health and health informatics.

The Idaho Capital Sun reports, Idaho State Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Rex Force also announced plans for a nurse anesthesia program, set to launch in fall 2025, along with plans for a dental hygiene program in the Treasure Valley and a mental health clinic in Pocatello this summer.

Dr. Force announced plans to partner with Lewis-Clark State College to train physician assistants in North Idaho.

Idaho State has added nearly 700 students to its programs serving a range of health care professionals in the past five years, including in nursing, physical and occupational therapy and mental health.