Associate Degree in Nursing
Prepare for professional practice as a registered nurse in the complex and constantly evolving healthcare environment of today. Nursing is a challenging and rewarding career with countless job opportunities and a variety of career paths.
The ADN is one of the quickest routes to becoming an RN. Graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN examination can enter the workforce in an entry-level position while advancing their career in a specialty area. ADN graduates also have the opportunity to continue on a streamlined pathway to earn an optional bachelor’s degree in nursing.
The CWC nursing program uses a team-based learning strategy that emphasizes student preparation out of class followed by the application of knowledge in class. TBL facilitates active learning through the use of small group classroom activities. This student-centered approach brings real-world meaning to concepts explored in the classroom while enhancing professional skills in teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. TBL prepares graduates for professional nursing practice and promotes lifelong learning skills.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Central Wyoming College located in Riverton, Wyoming, is accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at
Additionally, the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Central Wyoming College is approved by the
Wyoming State Board of Nursing
130 Hobbs Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
Further information regarding Wyoming nursing education may be found at https://wsbn.wyo.gov/education
Potential Limits to Receiving Licensure
Only graduates of state board approved nursing programs are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). A passing score must be achieved to earn the legal title of “registered nurse.” Admission to the program is not a guarantee of professional licensure.
There are a number of reasons that the Wyoming State Board of Nursing may deny, revoke, limit, or suspend a nursing license. The Board protects the public by screening candidates for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe nurses. The law provides for denial of licensure for acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, duties, or abilities. The complete regulation (33-21-146) taken from The Nurse Practice Act may be viewed at https://wsbn.wyo.gov
Admissions occur once per year and classes begin in the fall semester. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that the required documentation has been received in the nursing office by the stated deadlines.
Admission Eligibility Requirements
- Applicants to the nursing program must complete the Application for Admission to Central Wyoming College. Admission to the college does not automatically infer admission to the nursing program.
- The Nursing Program Admission Application must be submitted on or before March 1. Online applications are accepted November 1 through March 1 for fall entry.
- Applicants to the nursing program must take the ATI TEAS - Test of Essential Academic Skills exam prior to the March 1 nursing application deadline. A minimum total score of 58.7 percent is required.
- A minimum 2.75 college cumulative grade point average is required. For program admission consideration, GPA is calculated using only the courses required for the nursing degree at CWC.
- Courses required for the nursing degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Students admitted to the program must meet certain Core Performance Standards , with or without accommodation.
Prerequisite requirements must be met prior to the program start date. Students enrolled in required courses in the spring semester during the selection process may be offered conditional admission, but must demonstrate successful completion of all prerequisite courses prior to May 31.
Prerequisite courses may be from CWC or other regionally accredited institutions of higher education and include:
- General Biology with lab (4 credits)
- English Composition I (3 credits)
- College Algebra (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
Students who wish to transfer college credit must arrange for official transcripts to be sent by the issuing institution directly to email@example.com or faxed to 1-307-855-2092. This does not include transcripts for coursework completed at CWC.
Official transcripts may also be directly mailed in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution to
Central Wyoming College
2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, WY 82501
Transcripts must be received no later than March 1. For courses in progress in the spring semester during the selection process, official transcripts showing course completion must be received by May 31.
The college registrar and nursing director will review transcripts to determine transfer credit eligibility. Evaluations may take several weeks to complete and results are sent to the student’s CWC email address.
Clinical Record Requirements
The Central Wyoming College Nursing Program follows the requirements established by our clinical partners, as well as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations for immunizations for healthcare providers. Students who decline vaccinations must provide titer reports and sign the vaccine declination form available in the nursing office at the college. In accordance with clinical agency policy, students enrolled in the program in Jackson and those attending clinical at Hot Springs Health may not decline the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Students admitted to the program must provide official documentation of each of the items listed below. All requirements must remain current throughout enrollment in the program. Detailed information is provided upon admission notification.
- Criminal background check from the designated company at www.cwcbackground.com
- Drug test
- HeartCode® Basic Life Support Certification by American Heart Association
- Immunizations: TB test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, seasonal influenza, and COVID-19.
Clinical Vaccine Policy
Clinical agencies have the option to mandate vaccines for students and staff, including COVID-19. The college has no authority to override agency rules/regulations and is not obligated to provide substitute or alternate clinical experiences based on a student’s request or vaccine preference. If a student refuses to be vaccinated and is not entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the disability laws, or is not entitled to a reasonable accommodation for a sincerely held religious belief, the student will be unable to fulfill the clinical requirements and must withdraw from the program.
Applications for Fall 2023 Admission are Closed
Before you begin the nursing application, be sure you have reviewed the “Prerequisites and Admission Eligibility” menu above. Nursing program admission decisions are based upon the fulfillment of these requirements.
Carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application form and pay close attention to accuracy in your online responses. Once your application is submitted, it will be held for review by the nursing selection committee. Applicants are notified of committee decisions in early April for the fall start.
Please submit the application form only once in the current cycle. If you have updates to any information that was submitted, contact the nursing office at 307-855-2226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Each year, 32 students are selected to enter the program on the main campus in Riverton, and 8 students are selected for the outreach campus in Jackson. Admission to the program is competitive and enrollment is controlled. Complete applications are reviewed and ranked using a two-tier system.
Tier I: Application Evaluation and Scoring
In Tier I, points are awarded in the following areas:
- Grade point average. A minimum 2.75 college cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale is required. GPA is calculated using only courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing at CWC. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. For applicants repeating a course in the spring semester during the selection process, the previously earned grade is used in admission point calculations. GPA is calculated to the hundredth place and is not rounded.
- TEAS - Test of Essential Academic Skills test score. The TEAS must be taken by March 1 and a minimum total score of 58.7 percent is required.
Points are calculated using a weighted formula:
- GPA is converted to a percentage and is weighted 40 percent
- TEAS score is weighted 60 percent
- Both numbers are added to determine total points
- A tie in total points will be broken using the GPA first, then the TEAS score second
Bonus points for work experience as a certified nursing assistant. Five points are added to the admission points total for applicants who meet the following criteria:
- Current CNA licensure listed on the Wyoming State Board of Nursing registry
- Continuous employment as a CNA for the past one year providing direct patient care for a minimum of 30 hours per week
To receive bonus points, you must contact the nursing director at the college and provide a valid license number. Additionally, a letter verifying current employment must be written on company letterhead and sent directly from a human resource official at the employing agency to the CWC Nursing Director at 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501 by the March 1 program application deadline. Documentation must include job title, hours worked per week, date of hire, and verification of current employment. The employer’s contact information must also be included for validation purposes.
There are no exceptions to this provision. Other types of healthcare experience or part-time work as a CNA do not qualify for bonus points.
Tier II: Post-Selection Requirements
Applicants who accept an offer of admission to the program will advance to Tier II and must meet the following requirements before admission can be finalized.
- Criminal background check at www.cwcbackground.com
- Required immunization records on file in the nursing office at the college
- Official transcripts received in the records office at CWC documenting completion of outstanding prerequisite courses in progress in the spring semester-
Full admission is contingent upon completion of Tier II requirements. Students will receive instructions from the nursing office for fulfilling these requirements. Failure to meet the requirements by May 31 will result in a rescinded admission offer.
Applicants are notified of admission decisions via postal service 4-6 weeks after the March 1 application deadline and will receive (1) a letter of acceptance, (2) an offer for placement on the alternate list, or (3) a letter of non-acceptance. An alternate list is maintained for each cohort in the event an applicant declines acceptance. Students ranked on the alternate list will be notified if an opening occurs.
An applicant who is notified of admission to the program must return the Acceptance Reply Form in order to reserve a position in the class. Admission may not be deferred or rolled over to a later term. If an accepted applicant opts to withdraw their application, notification of withdrawal must be received by the nursing office in a timely manner. Failure to notify the nursing office of intent to withdraw the application may affect future consideration for admission.
Students not accepted to the program who are interested in reapplying must complete the Nursing Program Admission Application prior to the March 1 deadline in the next admission cycle, and submit official college transcripts reflecting coursework completed since the last application, if applicable.
Graduates complete 66 total program credits leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing. The curriculum includes a combination of general education and professional nursing courses. Once prerequisite coursework requirements are met, the program is designed to be completed in two academic years (four semesters). Enrolled students must complete the required nursing courses in sequence. The recommended ADN Program of Study is designed to help students with long-range planning. Students should work with their academic advisor in planning their schedule.
General Education and Support Courses
|BIOL 1010||General Biology (LSCI)||4|
|ENGL 1010||English Composition I (WRI)||3|
|ENGL 1020||English Composition II (WRII)||3|
|MATH 1400||College Algebra (MATH)||3-4|
|POLS 1000||American & WY Government (POLS)||3|
|PSYC 1000||General Psychology (SOC)||3-4|
|ZOO 2015||Human Anatomy||4|
|ZOO 2025||Human Physiology||4|
|UNST 1005||University Studies (UNST)*||1|
Professional Nursing Courses
|NURS 1100||Professional Nursing Care in Health Promotion||8|
|NURS 1110||Pharmacology in Health Promotion||1|
|NURS 1200||Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with
|NURS 1210||Pharmacology in Chronic Illness||1|
|NURS 2300||Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with
|NURS 2310||Pharmacology in Acute Illness||1|
|NURS 2400||Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with
|NURS 2410||Pharmacology in Complex Illness||1|
The on-campus nursing classroom is a state-of-the-art teaching space that is equipped for distance delivery by means of video conferencing technology allowing real-time interaction with students and faculty at an outreach site in Jackson, Wyoming. All nursing courses have an online classroom to handle announcements, topic outlines, discussion boards, and other communication from the faculty. Student response systems allow for enhanced participation during class and provide instructors with instant feedback related to student understanding of content.
Active classroom learning strategies used to assist the student in meeting outcomes include team-based learning activities, case studies, group work, demonstration and return demonstration, practice worksheets, concept mapping, textbooks and eResources, and ATI online products.
Team-based learning is an instructional approach designed around modules that are presented in a three-step cycle: (1) student out-of-class preparation and review, (2) in-class readiness assurance testing, and (3) application-focused exercise. An appeals process encourages students to review the material, evaluate their understanding, and defend the choice they made. This approach to learning fosters the development of high-level thinking skills and brings real-world meaning to concepts explored in the classroom.
Simulation and Skills Laboratories
The simulation and skills labs present a sophisticated and innovative learning environment in which students synthesize didactic and clinical knowledge as they transition into professional practice. Here you will apply concepts learned in the classroom to hands-on skills practice. The simulation lab is occupied by life-size mannequins, from infant through adult, that simulate symptoms, diseases, and conditions that nurses are likely to see in an actual patient care setting. The labs are fully furnished with supplies and equipment to create a realistic hospital environment.
High-fidelity clinical simulations are integrated throughout the curriculum and provide realistic and challenging scenarios to assist students in developing clinical judgment and decision-making skills. These scenarios allow students to respond to patient situations and learn correct interventions in a controlled environment, thereby decreasing risks inherent in practicing skills on live patients. A debriefing area allows for discussions and reflective learning following a simulated learning experience.
Online virtual clinical experiences may be used to enhance onsite instruction when clinical learning opportunities in the community are limited.
Direct Patient Care Clinical
Clinical rotations begin in the first semester of the program. Each core nursing course has a clinical component whereby students are placed in a clinical setting and engage in learning experiences where they provide direct care to patients under the close supervision of a nursing professional. Our main objective is the careful selection of a variety of community agencies whose clinical opportunities meet the goals of the nursing program.
In the fourth semester of the program, a merit-based, preceptor-guided clinical experience may be available to qualifying students. The purpose is to provide students an opportunity to apply all elements of prior learning into an authentic clinical practice situation and to facilitate transition into practice. During the preceptorship, students will provide direct patient care under the guidance of a registered nurse preceptor.
Most testing is done is a computer laboratory to resemble the style and format of the national licensing examination. In certain situations, a secure online test proctoring service may be used. In that event, the student must have access to a computer with microphone capabilities and a webcam for test-taking purposes.
The program uses innovative and emerging teaching strategies and technologies to engage students in the learning process. Students accepted to the program must be computer literate and have high-speed internet access. Students must supply a mobile device that is small enough to fit into the uniform pocket and capable of supporting the required software products. The college uses the Canvas Learning Management System to deliver hybrid and online course content.
Technology is integrated into the nursing curriculum in a variety of ways, including
- mobile apps
- electronic health records
- interface with the online classroom
- group work in Google Drive
- simulation management platform to manage, operate and report simulation activities in the lab
- automated exam proctoring services
Students wishing to transfer credit into the nursing program must meet the following requirements:
- The transfer applicant must complete the Application for Admission to Central Wyoming College.
- A minimum of 25 percent of credits toward degree completion must be earned at Central Wyoming College.
- Transfer applicants must arrange for official transcripts to be sent by the issuing institution directly to the records office at CWC.
- The CWC registrar and nursing director will review courses for transfer credit eligibility on the basis of course equivalency.
- Coursework accepted for transfer must be from regionally accredited postsecondary institutions. Life experience and military training are not accepted for transfer.
- Nursing course transfer credit is limited to courses completed at ACEN or CCNE approved programs.
- International transcripts must be translated by an approved credential evaluation service prior to the nursing application deadline.
- Courses considered for transfer credit must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Pass/fail courses are assigned a grade of C.
- A minimum 2.75 college cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale is required. GPA is calculated using only the courses required for the nursing degree at CWC.
- The transfer applicant must provide a syllabus for each nursing course completed. The nursing director and faculty selection committee will review the syllabus(es) to determine content similarity. Placement in the nursing program is dependent upon comparable knowledge and skills between programs.
- Nursing courses accepted for transfer must parallel CWC nursing degree requirements. The most recent course must have been completed within one semester of the date of enrollment in the CWC program.
- The transfer applicant may be required to take a subject matter exam and demonstrate skill competency for previously completed courses. Remediation may be offered as needed.
- Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to transfer into the nursing program and includes
- English I (3 credits)
- Biology (4 credits)
- College Algebra (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy (4 credits)
- Transfer applicants who attended another nursing program must arrange for the administrator to send the CWC nursing director a formal letter that addresses the applicant’s prior academic performance.
- Applicants who have failed or have withdrawn from more than one nursing course are not eligible for transfer.
- Applicants accepted for transfer are required to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screen, and must meet the immunization requirements of assigned clinical agencies.
- Admission is considered on an individual basis and is limited to available space and adequate clinical resources.
Enrolled nursing students may be considered for program-specific scholarships provided they meet stated criteria and complete the CWC scholarship application. The online scholarship application form is available November 1 thru March 1 and must be completed annually. Some scholarship awards also require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the CWC financial aid office. Failure to complete this form may affect award eligibility. Nursing scholarship awards are determined in May and recipients are notified via their CWC student email account in early June.
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Expected Level of Achievement
- National Council Licensure Examination Pass Rate
CWC Nursing Program ELA:
80% of graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.
NCLEX pass rate for spring 2022 nursing graduates: 93%
- Program Completion Rate
CWC Nursing Program ELA:
65% of students who enter first-semester nursing courses will complete the program on time within four semesters. 80% of advanced placement students who enter the program in third-semester nursing courses will complete the program on time within two semesters.
Program completion rate for spring 2022 CWC nursing graduates: 67.4%
- Job Placement Rate
CWC Nursing Program ELA:
80% of graduates are working as registered nurses within six months of graduation.
Job placement rate for spring 2022 nursing graduates: 100%
- Average college cumulative GPA for students selected to enter the nursing program in fall 2022: 3.57
- Average TEAS score for students selected to enter the nursing program in fall 2022: 76.84%
Additional Opportunities in Nursing
Advanced placement in the Associate Degree Nursing Program is available for licensed practical nurses. Interested applicants must contact the nursing director.
- Applicants must have active unrestricted certification as a licensed practical nurse.
- Applicants must complete the Application for Admission to Central Wyoming College.
- Applicants must arrange for official transcripts from other colleges or universities to be sent by the issuing institution directly to the records office at CWC prior to March 1 for fall entry.
- Applicants are required to take the ATI TEAS exam prior to March 1 for fall entry. A total score of 58.7 percent or higher is required. The TEAS may only be taken twice within 12 months of the application deadline. The highest passing score is used. TEAS scores are valid for 24 months.
- Applicants are required to take the PN Comprehensive Predictor prior to March 1 for fall entry and must score at or above the national mean of 69.1 percent.
- Applicants who achieve the required score on the PN Comprehensive Predictor will be awarded a maximum of 16 credits in nursing from CWC.
- Applicants must enroll in NURS 1400 (LPN Transition) in the summer session prior to advanced placement in the third semester of the ADN program.
- All courses required for the ADN must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- The following courses must be completed prior to advanced placement in the third semester of the program:
- General Biology with lab (4 credits)
- English Composition I (3 credits)
- Math 1400 or higher (3 credits)
- Psychology (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (8 credits)
- LPN Transition (2 credits)
- Remaining courses required for the ADN must be completed prior to graduation, and include
- English Composition II (Business Communications or Technical Writing may be substituted) (3 credits)
- American & Wyoming Government (3 credits)
- Students entering with advanced standing must meet current immunization requirements and submit to a criminal background check and drug test.
- Advanced placement must be recommended by the nursing director and faculty selection committee and is dependent upon available space and adequate clinical resources.
NRST 1510: Nursing Assistant (4 credits)
A certified nursing assistant is an individual who has successfully completed an approved training program and has passed the state certification examination. As a CNA, you will work under the supervision of nurses and other licensed healthcare professionals to provide basic care to patients in a variety of settings. Nursing assistants are the primary caregivers in meeting the day-to-day needs of patients, and play a significant role in relaying information about the condition of patients to members of the healthcare team.
The nursing assistant course is available to anyone 16 years of age or older. Becoming a nursing assistant could be a stepping stone for continuing your education. CNAs have the opportunity to move up a career ladder to potentially higher-paying jobs such as a CNA II and medication aide.
This course is taught in a blended format that includes online activities combined with hands-on skills practice in the campus lab followed by direct patient care in a clinical setting under the supervision of an instructor. At times, the clinical agency that provides training opportunities will offer employment to students who demonstrate ability. The nursing program follows the requirements established by our clinical partners, as well as Centers for Disease Control guidelines and recommendations for immunizations for healthcare providers. Prior to the first clinical day, students must provide certain immunization records and submit to a criminal background check and drug screen.
Most nursing assistant courses are four to six weeks in length and are not restricted to a semester-length schedule. It doesn’t take long to become a nursing assistant and you will continue to learn once you find employment. Classes are offered on the Riverton campus during the summer session, while classes in Jackson take place in the fall, spring, and summer sessions. For registration information, contact a CWC academic advisor.
Students who complete the course are eligible to test for state certification. The certification examination is conducted monthly at various test sites throughout the state. Your instructor will provide you with application and fee information. Successful completion of the nursing assistant course does not guarantee certification.
NRST 1550: Certified Nursing Assistant II (2 credits)
This course provides CNAs an opportunity to prepare for practice in an expanded role in healthcare settings. You will develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction and hands-on activities in the campus lab. Emphasis is on sterile techniques, wound care, capillary blood glucose, discontinuing IV catheters, urinary procedures, respiratory procedures, and tube feeding.
To enroll, the student must be a certified nursing assistant, 18 years of age or older, and have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Enrolled students must pass a comprehensive written examination and a final skills practicum at the required level. Students who complete the course are eligible to apply for state certification through the Wyoming State Board of Nursing. There is a $10 fee and licensure candidates must record 1500 work hours as a CNA on the application form.
For more information, contact Stacey Stanek at 307-855-2226 or email email@example.com.
NRST 1600: Medication Aide (6 credits)
If you are a currently licensed CNA II and want to advance your career, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
The role of the medication aide is to give daily medications, either prescription or non-prescription, under the direction of a registered professional. The aide must administer the right medication in the indicated dosage at the correct time, and then record dosages and monitor for adverse reactions.
This 100-hour course consists of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of supervised clinical practice. Enrolled students must pass a comprehensive written test and a final skills practicum at the required level. Completion of the course qualifies the student to take the national examination to receive certification as a Medication Aide-Certified (MA-C) through the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.
Not all states permit the use of medication aides and those that do vary widely in their training requirements and what medication aides are permitted to do.
For more information, contact Stacey Stanek at 307-855-2226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
307-855-2226 or 1-800-735-8418, Ext. 2226
Meet your faculty
Stacey StanekNursing Director and Professor of Nursing
Stacey is the contact person for students who are applying to the nursing program.
Amy HernandezProfessor of Nursing
Amy began working as a registered nurse in 1997 and loves bringing her experience to the classroom.
Melissa SperryNursing Instructor
Melissa joins the CWC nursing team with experience in multiple areas of nursing practice.
Anne NezProfessor of Nursing
Anne Nez brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to the classroom.
Elizabeth OliverInstructor of Nursing
Liz Oliver has a strong background in acute care in rural settings and has spent a great deal of time mentoring new nurses.
Terry WilsonInstructor of Nursing
Terry Wilson brings more than 34+ years of nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings.
Anna BalerNursing Instructor
Anna is a nursing instructor at the CWC outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.
Jim KniolaNursing Instructor
Jim brings with him nine years of nursing experiences from his time spent working in ICU, home health, and teaching at a four-year university in Michigan’s upper peninsula.
Lacey GibbensNursing Instructor
Lacey is a nursing instructor at the CWC outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.