Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Few professions offer a rewarding combination of high tech and high touch like a career in nursing. Careers in this field are more in demand than ever before and are extremely versatile. The program at CWC is designed to optimally prepare graduates for a career as a registered nurse and to practice in today's complex and constantly evolving healthcare environment. The curriculum has been planned so our ADN graduates can sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and enter professional practice while continuing on a streamlined pathway to an optional baccalaureate degree in nursing. Experienced nursing faculty members emphasize hands-on, team-based, learning with multiple patient care opportunities in a sophisticated simulation laboratory and at our partnering clinical agencies. We maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio, thereby helping to ensure our students receive a personalized education.
The Central Wyoming College Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Potential Limits To Receiving Licensure
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
Admission Eligibility Requirements
- Applicants to the nursing program must be accepted to Central Wyoming College.
- A minimum college cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required. GPA is calculated using only courses required for the associate degree in nursing at CWC.
- Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- The nursing application must be submitted prior to the March 1 deadline for admission into the program in the fall semester.
- The ATI TEAS 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.
Prerequisites Courses for Admission
Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering the program. Students enrolled in prerequisite courses in the spring semester during the admission screening process may be offered conditional admission, but must demonstrate successful completion prior to the start of classes in the fall semester. Prerequisite courses are used in calculating admission GPA.
Prerequisites can be taken at CWC or any regionally accredited college or university and include
- General Biology with lab (4 credits)
- English Composition I (3 credits)
- College Algebra (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
- UNST* (1 credit)
*Students who have a minimum of 12 credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA are exempt.
Official transcripts for coursework completed at other colleges or universities attended should be electronically sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 307-855-2092. This does not, however, include transcripts for coursework completed at CWC. Official transcripts can also be directly mailed in a sealed envelope to:
Central Wyoming College
2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, WY 82501
Transcripts must be mailed before the March 1 application deadline in order to be considered for fall admission. The nursing director 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.
Clinical Record Requirements
Once admitted to the program, students must provide official documentation of each of the requirements listed below prior to clinical placement. All requirements must remain in effect throughout enrollment in the program. A detailed checklist will be provided upon acceptance to the program.
- Criminal background check from the designated vendor at www.cwcbackground.com
- Drug test
- HeartCode® Basic Life Support Certification by American Heart Association
- Immunizations: TB skin test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, and seasonal influenza
Online Nursing Applications for Fall 2018 Admission are Accepted
November 1 through March 1.
Applications must be received by 11:59pm (MST) on the application deadline. No late applications will be accepted.
Nursing program applicants must be accepted to Central Wyoming College. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the nursing program-application to the nursing program is a separate process.
Carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application form. 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.
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Selection and Notification
Acceptance to the program is competitive and enrollment is controlled. Applicants are evaluated based on a two-tier system.
Tier I: Application Evaluation and Scoring
In Tier I, applicants are evaluated using a 100-point system. Points are earned in the following two areas:
- College grade point average. A minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA is required. GPA is calculated using all courses required for the ADN degree at CWC. All courses required for the degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in progress during the admission screening process are excluded from GPA calculation. GPA is calculated to the hundredth place and is not rounded.
- TEAS adjusted individual total score. A score of 58.7% or higher must be achieved for program admission eligibility.
Total points are calculated using a weighted formula:
- GPA is converted to a percentage and is weighted 40%
- TEAS score is weighted 60%
- Both numbers are added to determine total points
Tier II: Post-Selection Requirements
Applicants offered a position in the class must meet the following requirements by May 31 in the current admission cycle:
- Cleared criminal background check from the designated vendor
- Required immunization records on file in the nursing office at the college
- Completion of prerequisite courses with a C or higher
Full admission is contingent upon completion of Tier II requirements. Students offered admission will receive full instructions from the nursing office for fulfilling these requirements. Failure to complete requirements by May 31 will result in a rescinded admission offer.
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 in the current admission cycle.
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 withdrawal must be received by the nursing office. Failure to notify the nursing office of intent to withdraw application could impact future consideration for admission.
Students who are not accepted to the program but are interested in re-applying must submit the nursing admission application prior to the March 1 deadline each year and submit official college transcripts reflecting coursework completed since the last application, if applicable.
The CWC nursing program is a 66 credit program of study leading to an associate degree in nursing. Students complete 22 credits of general education courses, 8 credits of support courses, and 36 credits of professional nursing courses.
General Education and Support Courses
|General Biology with lab||4|
|English Composition I||3|
|English Composition II||3|
|American & WY Government||3|
Professional Nursing Courses
|Professional Nursing Care in Health Promotion||8|
|Pharmacology in Health Promotion||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Chronic Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Chronic Illness||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Acute Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Acute Illness||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Complex Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Complex Illness||1|
Once accepted, the professional portion of the program is designed to be completed in two academic years (four semesters). Enrolled students must complete the required nursing courses in the exact sequence. The recommended ADN Program of Study is designed to help students with long-range schedule planning. Students should work with their academic advisor in planning their schedule.
Additional Program Information
Additional information about program requirements, policies, and procedures is included in the Nursing Student Handbook.
The on-campus nursing classroom is a state-of-the-art teaching space that is equipped and engineered for distance delivery by means of video conferencing technology allowing real-time interaction with students and faculty at an outreach center 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 student 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 the learning outcomes include team-based learning activities, case studies, group work, demonstration and return demonstration, practice worksheets, concept mapping, textbooks, and ATI online products.
Team-based learning is a collaborative learning teaching strategy designed around units of instruction that are facilitated in a three-step cycle: student out-of-class preparation and review, in-class readiness assurance testing, and 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 content explored in the classroom.
Simulation and Skills Laboratories
The simulation and skills laboratories present a sophisticated and innovative learning environment in which students synthesize didactic and clinical knowledge as they transition into professional 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 a real patient care setting. The labs are fully furnished with supplies and equipment to create a more realistic hospital environment.
High-fidelity clinical simulations are integrated throughout the curriculum and used in conjunction with a variety of direct patient care experiences. Simulated learning experiences 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.
Direct Patient Care Clinical
Classroom instructors also teach in direct patient care clinical areas in local communities, which bridges classroom content with practical application in the clinical setting. Clinical rotations begin in the first semester of the program and continue throughout. Each core nursing course has a clinical component whereby students are placed in a clinical environment and engage in learning experiences in which they provide direct care to patients under the close supervision of a nursing professional. Our main objective is the careful selection of community agencies whose clinical opportunities meet the goals of the nursing program. The program offers students the advantage of a variety of clinical settings and nursing environments in which to complete the required clinical hours.
Most testing is done is a computer laboratory to resemble the style and format of the national licensing examination.
Technology Enhanced Learning
The program fosters the use of innovative and emerging pedagogies 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 also supply their own mobile device that is small enough to fit into the uniform pocket and capable of supporting the required products. The college uses Moodle as the course management system to deliver both hybrid and online course content.
Technology is integrated into the nursing curriculum in a variety of ways, including
- downloadable mobile apps
- audience response systems
- electronic health records
- interface with the online classroom
Enrolled students are eligible for general and private donor nursing scholarships, provided they meet stated criteria. In addition, Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WYIN) funding may be available to assist with educational expenses for qualifying students.
Applicants to the nursing program are strongly encouraged to complete the scholarship application in the event you are selected for entry into the program. The scholarship application can be completed online and is available between November 1 and March 1.
Check out Central Scholarships for more information.
Nursing Student Achievement Statistics
- National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for 2017 graduates: 93%
- Program completion rate for 2017 graduates: 70%
- Job placement rate for 2017 graduates: 100%
- Average cumulative GPA for students entering the program in fall 2017: 3.46
- Average TEAS score for students entering the program in fall 2017: 77.3%
Additional Opportunities in Nursing
LPN to RN Completion
Opportunities exist for licensed practical nurses with current unencumbered licenses to enter the Associate Degree Nursing Program with advanced standing. Interested applicants should contact the nursing director.
- Applicants must have active certification as a licensed practical nurse.
- Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of CWC and the nursing program.
- Applicants are required to take the ATI TEAS exam prior to March 1 for fall entry in the current admission cycle. A minimum adjusted individual total score of 58.7% must be achieved. The TEAS may be repeated once (total of two attempts) during the academic year to improve the score. Only passing scores achieved within two years of the application deadline in the current admission cycle are considered.
- Applicants are required to take the PN Comprehensive Predictor test prior to March 1 for fall entry in the current admission cycle and must score at or above the national mean of 69.1%.
- Applicants who achieve the required score on the PN Predictor are awarded a maximum of 16 credits in nursing from CWC.
- Successful completion of NURS 1400 (LPN Transition) will award 2 credits.
- The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher 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)
- All remaining courses required for the ADN degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to graduation from the program, including
- English Composition II (Business Communications or Technical Writing may be substituted) (3 credits)
- American & Wyoming Government (3 credits)
- Applicants 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 prior to March 1 for consideration for advanced placement in the fall semester of the current admission cycle.
- Advanced placement is at the discretion of the nursing director and faculty, and is dependent upon space available and adequate clinical resources.
What is a Nursing Assistant?
Nursing assistants, sometimes called nurse aides, are important members of the healthcare team. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an individual who has successfully completed a state board approved training program and has passed the national licensing examination.
As a nursing assistant, you will work under the supervision of nurses and other licensed medical professionals to provide direct care to patients in hospitals, clinics, long-term care centers, community health centers, and home health services. Responsibilities include maintaining patient hygiene, supporting doctors and nurses in medical procedures and technical treatments, patient charting, and explaining care instructions to patients. Nursing assistants provide individualized attention to patients and are the primary caregivers in meeting the day to day needs of patients. They play a significant role in relaying information about the condition of patients to other members of the healthcare team since they are the one having constant contact with patients.
Who Can Enroll?
The nursing assistant course at CWC is available to anyone 16 years of age or older. Becoming a nursing assistant could be a stepping stone for continuing your education and becoming a RN or seeking out other types of healthcare careers.
When is the Nursing Assistant Course Offered?
Courses are offered in Riverton, Jackson, and Thermopolis. Please contact the nursing office at the college for a current schedule of course offerings. The course is not restricted to a semester length schedule, which makes course offerings more opportune. It doesn’t take long to become a nursing assistant and you will continue to learn once you find employment
How Do I Register?
For registration assistance, contact an academic advisor at 307-855-2270. You may also contact the nursing office at 307-855-2136 or the Jackson outreach office at 307-733-7425.
Most nursing assistant courses are four to six weeks in length and the cost is affordable. Some community agencies may offer assistance with the costs of completing a course. Additionally, some employers may either pay for your training or reimburse you upon successful completion. At times, the agency that provides clinical opportunities for nursing assistant students will offer employment to students who demonstrate ability.
Cost considerations include tuition and fees, textbook and workbook, stethoscope, bandage scissors, uniform/scrubs, immunizations and laboratory work, background check, drug test, CPR card, and certification fees upon completion of the course.
You will attend a classroom learning environment prior to receiving hands-on patient care experience. The classroom and laboratory components comprise 40 hours. Additionally, there will be out-of-class assignments or homework requirements. The clinical component is 36 hours of actual patient care in a clinical agency where you will be under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.
Basic Life Support Certification
Students must successfully complete the HeartCode Basic Life Support course by American Heart Association. This will be taught during class time. You will not be allowed to attend clinical without current BLS certification.
Immunizations and Laboratory Work
Immunization requirements vary among clinical agencies and the student is expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the respective agency. A copy of your records must be presented to the instructor prior to the first clinical date. Check with your instructor for exact requirements, which may include any or all of the following: TB skin test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, and seasonal influenza.
Background Check and Drug Test
Per clinical agency requirements, a criminal background check and drug test are required. Information regarding how these are obtained will be provided the first day of class.
Upon successful completion of the course, students have the opportunity to submit an application to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for licensure as a certified nursing assistant. The certification examination is conducted monthly at various test sites throughout the state. Your instructor will provide you with scheduling information. The Wyoming State Board of Nursing determines eligibility to take the certification examination and is responsible for the oversight of nursing in the state of Wyoming. Successful completion of the nursing assistant course does not guarantee certification.
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Meet your faculty
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Paula enjoys assisting students to meet and exceed their potential.
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Anne brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to the classroom.
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Liz has a strong background in acute care in rural settings and has spent a lot of time mentoring new nurses.
Terry brings 30 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings.