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Wyoming Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide is designed to provide you with essential information on the nursing programs available in the state of Wyoming and online. Nursing students pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree in nursing are often able to specialize in such areas as nursing educator, nursing administrator, and nursing informatics. Students who need flexibility and convenience may want to choose an online bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing degree program that can be completed either partially or fully online.

Schools with Nursing Programs

  • 6 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 1 university offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 1 university offers a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

Institutional Facts for Schools with Nursing Programs

  • Highest graduation rate: University of Wyoming 55%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: University of Wyoming 27%.1
  • Highest net price: University of Wyoming $12,148.1
  • Lowest net price: Laramie County Community College $5,424.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Wyoming with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $11,856.2

Following you will find more information about undergraduate and master’s nursing programs in Wyoming and online.

Schools in Wyoming with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Central Wyoming College
Central Wyoming College offers an associate degree in nursing that prepares graduates to earn registered nurse licensure and work in modern healthcare environments. Admission is competitive and requires students to have a 2.75 college GPA, including prerequisite courses completed with a “C” or better. Advanced standing is available for current licensed practical nurses. In addition to classroom learning students complete simulation and skills labs as well as clinical experiences involving direct patient care. The associate degree nursing program at Central Wyoming College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Central Wyoming College also offers a nursing assistant certification program.

Western Wyoming Community College
Western Wyoming Community College’s associate degree in nursing emphasizes active and interactive learning experiences based on real-world case scenarios. Group and team cooperation are also emphasized in the curriculum, which includes courses such as Professional Nursing Care in Health Promotion, Professional Nursing Care in Acute Illness, and Professional Nursing Care in Complex Illness. An advanced fieldwork experience is also included in the program. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 to be considered for admission, and have earned a “C” or better on all prerequisites. Advanced placement for licensed practical nurses is offered based on space availability. Western Wyoming Community College’s nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming’s Basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for students who plan to pursue a career as a registered nurse. The four-year program encompasses both general college and nursing coursework. The nursing curriculum focuses on pathophysiology, developmental influences on health, nutrition, care of the older adult, and mental health and illness. Clinical practicums are required. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites or to move to a different locale in Wyoming to complete a practicum, which generally occurs in the spring semester of the senior year. Applications are due February 1 of each year. Through the University of Wyoming’s ReNEW program, students can start by getting their associate’s degrees at one of many of Wyoming’s junior colleges and later transfer to UW to pursue a BSN.

Master’s in Nursing Programs

University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming’s Faye W. Whitney School of Nursing offers an online, part-time Master of Science (MS) in Nursing program. The MS Nurse Leader program is for registered nurses who already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and wish to become leaders in their field. The MSN program prepares graduates to understand and lead in the complex and ever-changing modern-day healthcare system. Applicants must be current RNs with a BSN, with a preferred GPA of 3.0. To be admitted, you must submit an application, official transcripts, a self-reflective essay, a reaction paper, a CV, and pass an interview. Note that as of May 2017, the MS program at the University of Wyoming is currently under revision, so check the website before applying. The university also offers a Basic BSN program, a Bachelor’s Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree (“BRAND”) program, an RN-BSN program, a Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming (“ReNEW”) program leading to a BSN, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and a Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Wyoming

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Wyoming nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (https://nursing-online.state.wy.us/Default.aspx).

School ADN or LVN Program BSN Program Graduate Nursing Program ACEN/CCNE Accredited* NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate** Number Taking NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate*** Number Taking Net Price****
Casper College Yes No No ACEN 97.14% 35 82.22% 45 $6,606
Central Wyoming College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 92.59% 27 $5,506
Laramie County Community College Yes No No ACEN 92.68% 41 82.05% 78 $5,424
Northern Wyoming Community College-Gillette Yes No No ACEN 91.67% 12 96.15% 26 $8,085
Northern Wyoming Community College-Sheridan Yes No No ACEN 95.65% 23 92% 25 $8,085
Northwest College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 95.83% 24 $6,231
University of Wyoming (Accelerated BSN) No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 92.86% 28 $12,148
University of Wyoming (BSN) No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 90.91% 44 $12,148
Western Wyoming Community College Yes No No ACEN 100% 4 90.63% 32 $8,825

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=WY&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. Wyoming State Board of Nursing: https://nursing-online.state.wy.us/Resources/NCLEX%20Testing%20Results%20by%20RN%20Education%20Program.pdf