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

Admission Criteria / Application to the Major

application deadline: February 1 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time)

Admission Statement

The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) Basic BSN Program uses a holistic approach to admissions. We are committed to academic and clinical rigor. We desire individuals with diverse backgrounds who are enthusiastic and have a strong work ethic. We value applicants who possess strong communication, critical thinking, and evolving leadership skills. We are looking for individuals who demonstrate respectful, professional, ethical, and caring behavior. Individuals with these qualities will be the best fit for our program.

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When to Apply

  • Application deadline is February 1 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) annually.

    • Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

    • It is identified that all materials should arrive at NursingCAS at least four weeks prior to application deadline to allow for timely processing and availability to FWWSON.

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

  • The Basic BSN application and requirements are reviewed annually and are available by November 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 Basic BSN Pre-Nursing major - PNRS).

    • Current UW students have already completed this step.

    • New to UW - Applicants do not need to apply separately to the University of Wyoming if seeking admission to the university for the same semester in which seeking admission to the nursing major for the program. Otherwise, if planning to start at the university prior to that semester, a separate university admission application/fee process would be necessary.
  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 required in all courses (with exception of CHEM 1000, which requires grade of B 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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  • Important Application Information
    Starting November 1 you will have the opportunity to apply to the Basic BSN Program at the University of Wyoming, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing.

  • What is NursingCAS?
    NursingCAS is the nation's only online application service for individuals applying to nursing programs offered at all levels. The service helps to streamline the application process while providing guidance, updates, and support to applicants every step of the way. On NursingCAS you will be able view our program details, requirements, deadlines, programs offered and other important information.

  • What are the benefits of applying through NursingCAS?
    NursingCAS allows applicants to use a single online resource to research and apply to any nursing program at participating schools nationwide. It is a convenient and cost effective option, as applicants only need to complete one online application and send one set of supporting materials, which cuts down on the repetitive nature of the process and data entry. You can sign up to receive emails from schools about new programs, upcoming deadlines, and available seats. There is also a customer service team available to help you, and you can check your status online or on your smartphone 24/7 to track your application.

  • Important Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Program Information

    • Any person seeking admission to the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing must apply through NursingCAS.

    • All applicants must submit ALL official transcripts to NursingCAS from all colleges attended including the University of Wyoming. NursingCAS must be in receipt of all completed course work through the semester prior to the application deadline.

    • Official transcripts sent to NursingCAS will be accepted as official at the University of Wyoming. Official University of Wyoming transcripts must be included in your NursingCAS application.

    • Applicants do not need to apply separately to the University of Wyoming if seeking admission to the university for the same semester in which seeking admission to the nursing major for the program through NursingCAS. Otherwise, if planning to start at the university prior to that semester, a separate university admission application/fee process would be necessary.

    • The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing requires a $30 transcript evaluation fee. NursingCAS requires a fee which is explained below.

  • When can I start my application on NursingCAS?
    Applicants may create an account on NursingCAS and start their application beginning October 15, 2014. Note that applicants are charged a fee to use NursingCAS. For undergraduate level degree programs, you will be charged $45 for the first program selected and $30 for each additional program selected.

  • Who should I contact with questions about NursingCAS once I start my application?
    NursingCAS has a dedicated customer service team available to applicants. Contact customer service for any questions or concerns including inquiries about application status, verification, receipt of supporting materials, how to complete the application, uploading documents, or submitting reference requests.

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Application Packet

Applicants are required to meet the specified Admission Requirements which includes a complete application packet. A complete application packet means that all required materials as identified have been completed by the applicant through the NursingCAS Application and/or it's accessible for verification as noted by the FWWSON no later than the February 1 (by 11:59 p.m. - Eastern time) application deadline unless specified otherwise.

The following links provide directions for Fall 2015 admission consideration

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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 applicants (up to 48) 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 address 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 may 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 – F2015’.
    - 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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English Language Proficiency Policy

Refer to 'English Language Proficiency Policy' for this policy.

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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 10/30/2014

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