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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) for Fall 2017

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 November 1 for the following fall admission.

  • Fall 2017 will be the last time the program admits to the fall junior year of the program.
    (Refer to Freshman/Non-Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major links on the Basic BSN home page for information related to changes in the program and future admission process.)

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Admission Requirements

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

  1. University of Wyoming Admission

    Admission to the University of Wyoming (UW) is required by the February 1 application deadline.

    Those who are not current/active UW students will need to apply separately to the university. Application/admission criteria can be found on the UW Admissions website,

  2. Official Transcripts

    UW must be in receipt of official transcripts from all other colleges/universities attended through the end of the fall 2016 semester so that the FWWSON has access to those by the February 1 application deadline. This includes transcripts for coursework that may have only included unsatisfactory grades and/or course withdrawals. In addition, official scores must also be on record with the university documenting any exam/test scores [e.g. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Math placement (ACT, SAT, MPE)].

    Official transcripts and exam/test scores should be sent to the UW Admissions Office. Applicants should verify that complete transcripts and exam/test scores are on file with the university prior to the application deadline. The FWWSON has access to UW transcripts.

  3. Prerequisite Courses and Scholastic Requirements

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

    A grade of C or better is required in all courses except for CHEM 1000, which requires a grade of B or better. A minimum nursing grade point average (NGPA) of 2.75 calculated on the prerequisite courses is required. (See Basic 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.

  4. CNA Certification

    • Active/Current CNA Certification (LPN Licensure can also satisfy this requirement).

    • An application without evidence of current CNA certification (or LPN licensure) by the February 1 application deadline will not be considered.

      • However, for those with upcoming state board renewals noted below, a decision has been made by the Basic BSN Admission Committee that applicants will not be required to renew certification specifically for the purpose of applying to the nursing major component of the program for fall 2017.

        - Wyoming certification expiring December 31, 2016
        - Colorado certification expiring January 31, 2017

      • For applicants whose certification does not fall into one of these categories, please contact Basic BSN staff (307-766-4292) with questions related to your certification for applying for fall 2017.

  5. A Complete Application Packet


*Requirements for admission are changing after fall 2017; refer to Freshman/Non-Freshman Admission links on the Basic BSN home page.
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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. UW Residency Status (as defined by UW)


*Criteria for admission are subject to change.
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About NursingCAS

  • 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.

  • When can I start my application on NursingCAS?
    The Basic BSN application will be available November 1, 2016. Applicants create an account on NursingCAS in order to start their application. 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 2017 admission consideration.

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Admission Procedures and Notification Process

Refer to 'Admission Procedures and Notification Process' for this process.

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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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Technical Standards for Admission

Refer to 'Technical Standards for Admission' for this policy.

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Updated: 10/18/2016


Call (307) 766-4292

Need a CNA Course?

Contact your State Board of Nursing. The link below will help you find the contact information for your State Board of Nursing.

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