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

Basic BSN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page

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  1. How can I get more information about the Basic BSN Program?

  2. Why Wyoming? Why should I come to the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing?

  3. Why do I need a BSN?

  4. Is acceptance to the Basic BSN program based on a point system? If so, what is that point system?

  5. Could I send my transcript to an advisor who could help me determine if my coursework transfers to UW, and who could also tell me what classes I would still need to take?

  6. I will be a junior in high school this year. What classes do you recommend I take if I plan to pursue a nursing degree at UW?

  7. Do I have to achieve any minimum scores on the ACT or Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

  8. Can I be licensed as a Registered Nurse if I have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony?


  1. How can I get more information about the Basic BSN Program?

    Please visit the Basic BSN link under "Programs" on this site.

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  2. Why Wyoming? Why should I come to the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing?

    • University of Wyoming - The University of Wyoming is large enough to provide students with the experiences and resources they need, and small enough to provide personalized education.

    • Laramie - UW's home - is nestled between two mountain ranges, bringing quick access to outdoor recreation or calming walks in the fresh mountain air.

    • Area - A dose of the big city is less than two-and-a-half hours away to metropolitan Denver, Colorado (and the always refreshing return to Laramie's light traffic and clean air!). Activities/amenities available in this area include skiing in the Snowies, hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, charity walks and runs, exceptional local hospital, no income tax, and the list goes on!!

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  3. Why do I need a BSN?

    • A BSN prepares leaders for the present and future healthcare environment.

    • A BSN provides the foundation for graduate study. Graduates can use their UW BSN degree as a springboard into the School of Nursing's graduate level Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator programs.

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  4. Is acceptance to the Basic BSN program based on a point system? If so, what is that point system?

    • The Nursing Grade Point Average (NGPA), calculated on the prerequisite nursing coursework plays a key role in the admission criteria. The Basic BSN program requires a minimum of 2.75 NGPA on the prerequisite courses, but in a competitive year accepted students' GPAs may not fall below 3.0.

    • Other criteria include: an essay; letters of recommendation; and TEAS-V testing.

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  5. Could I send my transcript to an advisor who could help me determine if my coursework transfers to UW, and who could also tell me what classes I would still need to take?

  6. I will be a junior in high school this year. What classes do you recommend I take if I plan to pursue a nursing degree at UW?

    • High school students should consider enrolling in college preparatory courses with an emphasis in the sciences, math and the humanities. Some schools provide health-related classes as well, which would be beneficial. If a high school offers CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) classes, that would be helpful, since the Basic BSN program requires that students be current CNAs (or LPNs) upon application to our program. Also check into the "Getting Started" page for high school students.

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  7. Do I have to achieve any minimum scores on the ACT or Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

    • Yes, in order to declare pre-nursing, students must have either a math placement score of 3 or an ACT math score of 23. These scores allow students to take College Algebra their first semester along with both Biology and Chemistry. Pre-nursing students need to be able to take those three courses that first semester in order to be on track for their subsequent science curriculum and to stay on track within the pre-nursing curriculum. Also check into the "Getting Started" page for high school students.

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  8. Can I be licensed as a Registered Nurse if I have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony?

    • If students have been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, they should contact the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (1-307-777-7601) or the state in which they plan to take the NCLEX [go to https://www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm to see listing of all state boards of nursing] prior to accepting a position in the School of Nursing. State boards of nursing control who is eligible to sit for the NCLEX after completing the requirements of an educational program. If students cannot take the exam, they cannot be licensed as a registered nurse.

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