Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
  
2024-2025 Catalog

Admission to Western’s Nursing Program


The Nursing Department provides information to all students via the nursing program website. In addition to the regular college admission requirements, prospective nursing students must meet the admission requirements of the nursing program and complete the prerequisite courses to be considered for admission. Admission into the program is granted only in the fall semester. Interested applicants should contact the Nursing Department for specific requirements.

Associate Degree in Nursing Admission

Application process: Admission Eligibility Requirements

  1. Complete Western’s admission process.
  2. Complete the Nursing Program admission application by March 31st. Online applications are accepted for fall entry from January through March annually.
  3. A minimum 2.5 grade point average is required for prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring Semester.
  4. Courses required for the nursing degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  5. Applicants to the nursing program must take the ATI TEAS entrance exam.  
Admission Ranking:
  • Cumulative score of grade point average of prerequisite courses
  • ATI TEAS® entrance test - Adjusted Individual Total score
  • Completed required general education courses - 1 point for each course
  • Successful completion of nurse assistant course - 1 point

Admission into the nursing program is competitive, and enrollment is controlled.  Qualified applicants with the highest points are admitted into the nursing program on a space-available basis. Applicants will be notified in writing of the admission process results. Qualified applicants who have not been admitted are ranked (according to cumulative points) and placed on an alternate list. If positions become available to accommodate additional eligible applicants, those on the alternate list will be notified. Applicants who are not admitted must re-apply for the following year. Re-applicants will be subject to the same scrutiny and consideration as initial applicants. Applicants who are admitted but decline entrance into the program must re-apply.

Prerequisite Coursework:
Must be completed before the end of the Spring term of the application year.
  • BIOL 1010 General Biology with lab (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1010 English Composition I (3 credits)
  • MATH 1400 College Algebra (or higher) (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 credits)

To apply for the Nursing Program

  1. Complete Western’s admissions process.
  2. Achieve a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale from prerequisite and nursing courses.
  3. Complete prerequisite courses with a “C” or better.

Progression in the Nursing Program

A “C” or better grade must be maintained in all nursing courses for a student to progress from one semester to the next. A student receiving a semester grade of “D” or “F” in any of the required general education courses must retake the course and earn a “C” or better.

Advanced Placement Admission

Graduates of practical nursing programs or Practicing LPNs may apply to enter the second year of the nursing program as advanced placement students based on space availability if requirements are met. Admission into the program is granted only in the fall semester.

Advanced placement admission process:
  1. Complete Western’s admission process.
  2. Complete the Nursing Program admission application by March 31st. Online applications are accepted for fall entry from January through March annually.
  3. A minimum 2.5 grade point average is required for prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring Semester.
  4. Courses required for the nursing degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  5. Be a graduate of a practical nursing program with transferable credit. Graduates from vocational, technical, or other programs with non-transferrable credits must take the Nursing I (NURS 1100) and Nursing II (NURS 1200) finals and pass with a “C” or better. The grade earned on each final will be the grade earned for each nursing course and will be calculated into the grade point average. The license of LPN (licensed practical nurse) must be unencumbered.
  6. Take the ATI PN predictor exam and receive a score of 90% probability of passing NCLEX-PN before the end of the Spring semester.
  7. Advanced Placement students may be required to demonstrate abilities via proficiency demonstration.
Admission Ranking:

Cumulative score of:

  • ATI PN predictor score
  • Grade Point Average - prerequisite and nursing courses only
  • Complete required general education courses - 1 point for each course
Advanced placement prerequisite coursework: 
Must be completed before the end of the Spring term of the application year.
  • BIOL 1010 General Biology with lab (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1010 English Composition I (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1000 General Psychology (4 credits)
  • MATH 1400 College Algebra (or higher) (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 2015 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 credits)

Transfer Student Admission

Transfer student admission is based on space availability if requirements have been met. Nursing courses already completed must be comparable to Western nursing courses. Interested applicants should contact the Nursing Department for specific requirements.

Career Mobility

Students who graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become registered nurses. The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a statewide curriculum that you can transfer seamlessly to the University of Wyoming to complete your bachelor’s degree online.  Students earning an Associate Degree in Nursing may continue to advance their education by pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate in nursing.    

Expenses

Students in the nursing program will incur certain expenses, including clinical apparel, lab fees, and testing fees, in addition to the student expenses listed by the College. Clinical learning experiences are held in various agencies, including out-of-town experiences so that travel expenses will be incurred.

Wyoming State Board of Nursing Policies to Protect the Public

The background history information must be reported in writing to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (WSBN) when applying for certification as a nursing assistant or for licensure as a nurse (PN or RN): all charges, arrests, citations, or convictions for any criminal offense including, DUIs and felonies even if pardoned, expunged, dismissed or deferred. WSBN also requires notification of a history of charges related to abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property; having a history of physical or mental disability which may make you unable to practice nursing; having a history of abusing or being addicted to any controlled substance or alcohol. The WSBN requires an official background check of all applicants. Applicants will not be denied the opportunity to take the competency examination for Nursing Assistants, Practical Nurses, or Professional Nurses; however, the WSBN may deny certification or licensure based on history revealed through the background check and history information. Please refer to the WSBN website for additional information regarding the application process and contact information.

Clinical Record Requirements

The Nursing Program follows the requirements established by our clinical partners and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations for immunizations for healthcare providers.

Students admitted to the program must provide official documentation of each item listed below. All requirements must remain current throughout enrollment in the program. Detailed information is provided upon admission notification. 

Clinical Vaccine Policy

Clinical agencies can mandate vaccines for students and staff, including COVID-19. The College is not obligated to waive rules/regulations and to provide substitute or alternate clinical experiences based on a student’s request or vaccine preference. Suppose 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. In that case, the student (a) may be disenrolled from the program, or (b) may not be able to fulfill the clinical requirements, thus failing the course. 

A student who fails to meet the above clinical requirements may be dismissed from the program.

The Wyoming State Board of Nursing approves the program and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The next site visit will be in 2028

Wyoming State Board of Nursing
120 Hobbs Ave. Suite B
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: 307-777-7601
https://nursing-online.state.wy.us

 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
info@acenursing.org
www.acenursing.org