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Basic BSN FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Questions Applicable For All Students

Questions Applicable For Freshman Students

Questions Applicable For Transfer Students


Questions Applicable For All Students

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

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

  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 Snowy Range, hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, charity walks and runs, exceptional local hospital, no state income tax, and the list goes on!!

  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 programs.

  4. 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 the 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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Questions Applicable For Freshman Students

  1. 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, the class would be helpful. However, it is not a requirement for the Basic BSN Program. 

    • Take high school English composition and public speaking classes seriously. Communication is KEY in nursing--both written and oral.

  2. Is there an advantage to taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school?

    • Yes, prospective students are encouraged to take more challenging classes. Advanced science and math classes may help students be more successful on the ACT Exam as well as in college courses.

  3. Do the university and/or the School of Nursing use a weighted high school GPA for freshman admission consideration?

    • No, a weighted high school GPA is not used.

    • The high school GPA is based on a 4.0 scale.

  4. Does the university and/or the School of Nursing superscore ACT scores for freshman admission consideration?

    • No, superscoring for ACT scores is not done.

    • The best scores for the ACT composite, math, and science will be used for admission review regardless of test date.

  5. If I plan to retake the ACT Exam after the December 1 priority consideration deadline, will those scores be considered?

    • Yes, as long as application to UW has occurred by December 1 and new scores have been received before January by the UW Admissions Office.

    • If retaking the ACT, new scores received after December may be considered for admission by the FWWSON on a space available basis.

  6. If I missed the December 1 deadline for priority admission consideration, should I still apply anyway to the university (identified with Basic BSN Pre-Nursing as my major choice)?

    • Yes, prospective students are encouraged to still apply after the December 1 priority deadline, but should do so as soon as possible for potential review in the spring/summer.

    • We have no way of knowing what the applicant pool may consist of by that deadline, and space may still be available for freshmen admission consideration.

  7. What if I don’t meet the minimum criteria for freshman admission to the nursing major, should I still apply anyway to the university (identified with Basic BSN Pre-Nursing as my major choice)?

    • Yes, prospective students are encouraged to still apply.

    • Those who do not meet all of the minimum criteria, but who do meet the minimum math and science requirements, will be reviewed by the FWWSON on a space available basis.

  8. If I am not admitted to the nursing major as a freshman, can I still work on required pre-clinical courses and seek admission to the clinical component of the program as those are completed?

    • Yes, those not admitted to the major as freshmen can still work on pre-clinical courses with the intent of applying when eligible for any unfilled seats in the clinical component of the nursing major.

    • Completion of pre-clinical courses is required by the end of the fall semester prior to the spring in which seeking admission.

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Questions Applicable For Transfer Students

  1. I am transferring to the university. Can I still work on required pre-clinical courses and seek admission to the clinical component of the program as those are completed?

    • Yes, transfer students and others not admitted to the major as freshmen can still work on pre-clinical courses with the intent of applying when eligible for any unfilled seats in the clinical component of the nursing major.

    • Completion of pre-clinical courses is required by the end of the fall semester prior to the spring in which seeking admission.

  2. As a transfer student, can I send my transcript to an advisor to help me determine if my coursework transfers to UW? Who can tell me what classes I still need to take?

    • All information about transfer evaluation can be found on the Transfer Evaluation page on this site. The process is explained at that location.
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Updated: 5/19/2017

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