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Prospective students should note that effective fall 2016, nursing schools in Wyoming will undergo a major curriculum redesign with the goal of implementing a common, competency-based statewide curriculum whereby students can start at any Wyoming community college and earn an associate degree, then transfer seamlessly to the University of Wyoming and earn a BSN or higher. Nursing program admission requirements and plans of study will change significantly at that time. Please consult an academic nursing advisor prior to registering for classes since information presented here is only in effect for students applying for admission in the fall 2015 semester.
A minimum college grade point average of 2.75 is required. GPA is calculated using only courses required for the AAS degree in nursing at CWC. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to entering the program. Students accepted to the program who are enrolled in prerequisite courses in the spring semester during the admission screening process will be conditionally admitted and must demonstrate successful completion prior to the fall semester of the current admission cycle. Prerequisites can be taken at CWC or any regionally accredited college or university and include:
A. Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (8 credits)
B. English I (3 credits)
C. Nursing assistant certification*
*Students entering the program must have active certification as a nursing assistant (CNA). Certification is not required at the time of application to the program; however, must be obtained prior to enrollment in the program in the first semester. The nursing office at the college will verify in-state CNA licensure with the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for incoming students. Students with out-of-state certification must present proof of licensure to the nursing office.
Students who wish to transfer college-level credit from other schools must make arrangements for official transcripts to be sent directly to the records office at CWC. The assistant director of nursing and registrar will review the transcripts and determine transfer credit eligibility. Evaluations may take several weeks to complete and results will be returned to the student in writing.
TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)
Applicants must take the TEAS V as part of the nursing program application process. The assessment must be taken prior to the March 1 application deadline and an adjusted individual total score of 58.7% or higher must be achieved. The TEAS may be repeated once during the academic year to improve your score. Only passing scores achieved within two years of the March 1 application deadline in the current admission cycle will be considered. Scores are sent to the location where your test was administered at no cost. You may have your TEAS transcripts sent to multiple schools by accessing the online store at www.atitesting.com. TEAS results sent to additional schools you select will be assessed a fee per each results report. If you are taking the TEAS at a location other than CWC or the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, scores must be electronically sent to CWC by ATI testing prior to the March 1 application deadline. Hand carried, faxed, or mailed results will not be accepted.
The nursing program requires extensive use of technology, including required textbooks delivered as eTexts, paperless clinical documentation and assignments, and regular interface with the online classroom. For this reason, students accepted to the program must be computer literate and have high speed Internet access. Students must also supply their own iPod touch/ iPhone/ iPad mini or comparable mobile device capable of supporting the products and small enough to fit into the uniform pocket. The nursing program uses Moodle as the course management system to deliver both hybrid and online course content.
Admission Points System
The Nursing Admission Committee selects applicants for entry into the program in March of each year using the following criteria and point scoring system. Applicants will be rank ordered according to total points.
1. College grade point average. A minimum college grade point average of 2.75 is required. GPA is calculated using courses required for the AAS degree in nursing at CWC. All courses required for the degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher. GPA will not be rounded for point determination.
2. Credits completed. This is determined by the total number of credits earned toward 33 general education and support course credits required for the AAS degree in nursing at CWC. Courses enrolled in during the admission screening process in the spring semester are excluded from point consideration.
3. TEAS V adjusted individual total score. A minimum score of 58.7% must be achieved.
Score (%) Points
Three points will be awarded to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who wish to be considered for admission in the first semester of the RN program in lieu of advanced placement.
All applicants are notified of Nursing Admission Committee decisions approximately 4-6 weeks after the March 1 application deadline and will either receive a letter of acceptance, an offer for placement on the alternate list, or a letter of non-acceptance. An alternate list is maintained for each cohort in the event an applicant declines acceptance. Students placed on the alternate list will be notified should an opening occur.
An applicant who is notified of acceptance must return the acceptance reply form in order to reserve a position in the class. If an accepted applicant decides to withdraw their application, notification of the withdrawal must be received by the nursing office. Failure to notify the nursing office of intent to withdraw application could affect future consideration for admission.
Students who are not accepted to the program but are interested in re-applying must complete the nursing admission application prior to the March 1 deadline each year and submit official college transcripts reflecting coursework completed since the last application.