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  • Questions Applicable for All Students

  • Questions Applicable for Freshman Students

  • Questions Applicable for Transfer Students


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Questions Applicable for All Students

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

  • 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.

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 seek licensure prior to accepting a position in the School of Nursing. To see the listing of all state boards of nursing, go to https://www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm. 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.

Questions Applicable for Freshman Students

  • 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 your high school offers CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) classes, the class would be helpful. However, it is not a requirement for the Basic BSN.

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

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

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

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

  • No, superscoring for ACT or SAT scores is not done.

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

Yes, if retaking the ACT or SAT, the FWWSON would consider new scores received after the December 1 deadline on a space available basis during review in spring/summer.

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

  • We have no way of knowing what the applicant pool may consist of by the December 1 deadline, and space may still be available for freshmen admission consideration.

  • Yes, prospective students are still encouraged to apply.

  • Those who do not meet all of the minimum criteria will not be accepted for freshman admission and their major will remain as BS in Pre-Nursing-Basic BSN (PNRS).

  • Students declared as BS in Pre-Nursing-Basic BSN (PNRS) will be advised through the Advising, Career, & Exploratory Studies (ACES) office (aces@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2398)

  • 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 through non-freshman admission.

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

Questions Applicable for Transfer Students

  • When applying to UW, select Nursing - Pre-Basic BSN (Laramie Campus) (PNRS) as your major.

  • Students declared as BS in Pre-Nursing-Basic BSN (PNRS) will be advised through the Advising, Career, & Exploratory Studies (ACES) office (aces@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2398).

  • 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 through non-freshman admission.

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

  • 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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