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Basic BSN Admission

Non-Freshman Admission to Nursing Major

Non-Freshman Admission Statement

The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) Basic BSN Program uses a holistic approach to non-freshman 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 September 1 annually (plan accordingly as the deadline may fall on a weekend in some years; therefore must be submitted prior to deadline).

  • Application to the School of Nursing occurs in the fall semester in which completing final pre-clinical courses (typically sophomore year).

  • Basic BSN non-freshman admission application and requirements are reviewed annually and are available by the end of June for the following spring admission.

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Admission Requirements

The following are requirements for non-freshman admission to the Clinical Component for Basic BSN *:

University of Wyoming Admission

Admission to the University of Wyoming (UW) is required by the September 1 nursing application deadline if seeking Non-Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major for the spring semester.

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

Official Transcripts

UW must be in receipt of official transcripts from all other colleges/universities attended through the end of the summer semester prior to the fall in which applying so that the FWWSON has access to those by the September 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)].

Send official transcripts and exam/test scores 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.

Final Admission Review in January

  • Final fall grades are due by January 6. The FWWSON has access to UW transcripts.

  • For applicants taking courses through another institution during the fall semester:

    • UW must be in receipt of official final transcripts reflecting grades for the fall semester so that the FWWSON has access to those by the January 6 deadline.

    • Applicants unable to meet the January 6 deadline, please contact Basic BSN staff (307-766-4292) to discuss potential options.

Pre-Clinical Courses and Non-Freshman Admission Scholastic Requirements

Admission is a competitive process, and the number of unfilled seats may be very limited. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee non-freshman admission to 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.

  • Students must earn a grade of C or better (or S) in all pre-clinical courses (except for CHEM 1000, which requires a grade of B or better) for non-freshman admission consideration.

  • In addition, a minimum cumulative Nursing GPA (NGPA) of 3.00 based on required courses in the Pre-Clinical Component is required for non-freshman admission consideration.

  • No single course in the Pre-Clinical Component may be repeated more than once.

  • A total of three courses in the Pre-Clinical Component may be repeated.

English Language Proficiency Policy

Refer to 'English Language Proficiency Policy' for admission requirements related to non-native English-speaking students.

A Complete Application Packet

A complete application packet means that all required materials are complete and submitted by the applicant and/or are accessible for verification as noted by the FWWSON no later than the September 1 application deadline unless specified otherwise


*Requirements for non-freshman 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. UW Residency Status (as defined by UW)


*Criteria for non-freshman admission are subject to change.
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Application Packet

Applicants are required to meet the specified Admission Requirements, which include a complete application packet. Any missing and/or incomplete data may jeopardize the application and potentially be the cause for admission denial.

Application Packet Submission

Submit application packet to:

  • By Mail:
    University of Wyoming
    Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing
    ATTN: Basic BSN
    Dept. 3065
    1000 E. University Avenue
    Laramie, WY  82071

  • Hand Deliver:
    Debbie Shoefelt
    University of Wyoming
    Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing
    Health Sciences Center, Room 335

Application - Basic BSN Non-Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major

Download and complete application. The application file is set up in a table format to make typing/entry of your information easier. Do not otherwise alter the application.

Proctored Essay

A proctored essay is required as part of the application packet. Following review of applications, proctored essays will be offered to eligible applicants.

The FWWSON will administer a two-part proctored essay, completed within a two-hour time block. One part will consist of interview type questions to address in a written format. The other part will consist of a healthcare related article to read and address specified questions/topics to compose this part of the essay.

The proctored essay will take place at the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. No exceptions made. The FWWSON will contact eligible applicants via UW email (non-UW email for applicants not currently enrolled at UW) regarding the proctored essay scheduling process. Be sure to monitor email.

Disability Statement

If you have a physical, learning, sensory or psychological disability and require accommodations, please let the Basic BSN Office (Debbie Shoefelt – or 307-766-4292) know as soon as possible. You will need to register with, and possibly provide documentation of your disability to Disability Support Services (DSS) in room 109 Knight Hall. You may also contact DSS at (307) 766-3073 or Visit their website for more information:


*Requirements for non-freshman admission application packet are subject to change.

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Admission Procedures and Notification Process

Non-Freshman Admission Procedures & Notification Process

  • Applications must be complete and meet specified Admission Requirements in order to be reviewed.

  • Following review of applications, proctored essays offered to eligible applicants during fall semester.

  • Admission decisions and notification of placements occur around mid-January.

Means of Notification

All application and admission contacts/notifications made through UW email (non-UW email for applicants not currently enrolled at UW). Some contacts have response deadlines. No hardcopy mailings sent to applicants regarding admission status.

Please contact Basic BSN staff (307-766-4292) if email not received by timeline identified above.

Background Check

Students offered admission into the Clinical Component for Basic BSN are required by the College of Health Sciences to obtain and pay for a background check. Students are alerted through admission letters regarding when and where to obtain the background check; students should not begin process until asked to do so by the School of Nursing. If students complete the background check prior to receiving a School of Nursing admission letter instructing them to do so, the students must repeat the process. The results of the background check may determine final admittance to our program.

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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: 06/05/2019


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