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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

Admission Criteria / Application to the Major

application deadline: February 1

When to Apply

  • Application deadline is February 1 annually.

  • Application to the School of Nursing is in the spring semester in which final prerequisite courses are being completed (typically sophomore year).

  • Postmarks by the deadline are not considered as meeting the application deadline (plan accordingly as the deadline may fall on a weekend in some years and therefore need to be submitted prior to the deadline).

  • The Basic BSN application documents are revised annually and are normally available on this web site by mid-December for the following fall admission.

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Admission Requirements

The following are requirements for admission to the nursing major component in the Basic BSN option*:

  1. Admission to University of Wyoming (declared major - NURS)
    - UW Admissions Website:
    - Phone: 1-800-DIAL-WYO/342-5996 or (307) 766-5160
    - Email:

  2. Completion of prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall in which seeking admission

  3. Active/Current CNA Certification (LPN Licensure can also satisfy this requirement)
    - An application without evidence of current CNA certification will not be considered.

  4. A grade of C or better and a minimum nursing grade point average (NGPA) of 2.75 calculated on the prerequisite courses are required (see BSN Program Scholastic Requirements for additional expectations).
    - Admission is a competitive process; applicants who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the major.
    - The NGPA is based on prerequisite courses completed at the time of application excluding Pathophysiology and Medical Microbiology.

  5. A complete application packet.

*Requirements for admission are subject to change.
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Admission Criteria

The following are the criteria used in the application review*:

  1. Nursing GPA (NGPA)

  2. Proctored Essay

  3. Professional Interview

  4. TEAS-V Test

  5. UW Residency Status (as defined by UW)

*Criteria for admission are subject to change.
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Application Packet

A complete application packet means that all required materials as identified in the Basic BSN Admission Application Packet Directions have been received from the applicant and/or it's accessible for verification as noted by the FWWSON no later than the February 1 application deadline unless specified otherwise.

The following links provide directions and application forms for Fall 2014 admission consideration (download files)

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Admission Procedures

Application packets are reviewed and evaluated by the Basic BSN Admission Committee of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing in mid-spring.

  1. The top 48 applicants meeting admission requirements/criteria are offered one of the following:

    • Full admission - to those top applicants who have completed all prerequisite courses at the time of application.

    • Conditional admission - to those top applicants who still have prerequisite courses in progress in the spring semester. (A conditional admission becomes a full admission upon successful completion - grades of C or better - of remaining prerequisite courses in the spring semester as well as maintaining a minimum 2.75 NGPA calculated on all prerequisite courses.)

  2. An alternate pool is established from remaining qualified applicants.

    • Alternates must be eligible for full admission if a position becomes available.
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Notification Process

Timeline for Notification

Admission decisions and notifications occur by mid/late March. Further notifications are not made until all prerequisite grades have been computed following spring semester. This should occur by mid/late June.

Means of Notification

Applicants should note that all application and admission contact/notifications are made through email (please be sure to identify email addresses as requested on application). Some contacts have response deadlines. No hardcopy mailings are sent out to applicants regarding admission status.

  • Current/Continuing UW students: Contacts/notifications are made through UW email.

  • New UW applicants/admits: Contacts/notifications are made through non-UW email as UW email does not activate until after registered for courses.

  • All application/admission email correspondence generated by either the FWWSON or the applicant should have an identified ‘Subject’ line as ‘Basic BSN Application – F2014’.
    - Consistent use of a specific ‘Subject’ line
    will ease tracking within email for all concerned.

  • Be sure that emails sent by the FWWSON are not blocked for any reason resulting in inability to receive notifications.

If applicants have not received an email through their UW account (non-UW as applicable) by timeline identified above, please contact Debbie Shoefelt at or

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NCLEX Eligibility

Refer to 'NCLEX Eligibility' for this policy.

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Physical Requirements

Refer to 'Physical Requirements' for this policy.

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Last updated 12/13/2013

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