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

BRAND Admission Criteria / Application

IMPORTANT: BRAND application deadline now November 1

Transcript Evaluation

Transcript Evaluation Request Process

When transferring credits to our BRAND program, students will find it beneficial to send transcripts to the School of Nursing for evaluation to determine placement in the curriculum. Upon completion of the evaluation, students will receive an email from the BRAND office with a copy of the evaluation results attached.

The UW Registrar's Office completes an evaluation of transcripts following admission to the University. Their office will determine whether or not students' courses are found to have UW equivalencies. Pending approval/clearance on all transfer discrepancies by both the School of Nursing and the Office of the Registrar, students' transfer evaluations will be considered unofficial. The Registrar is the official evaluator and the School further determines which courses are then applicable to the nursing curriculum. Evaluations processed by the School of Nursing are subject to change until they have been determined to be official.

Transcript review may take at least a month to complete after all transcripts have been received.

Transcript Evaluation Directions

Please follow these directions to initiate a transcript evaluation:

  • Transcript Evaluation Request Form

    Transcript Evaluation Request Form (WORD File)

    Download the above linked WORD document to the computer. Complete the form and email as an attachment to

  • $30 Transcript Evaluation Fee (non-refundable)

    The evaluation fee remains on the FWWSON records and is good for two years.

    The School of Nursing BRAND $30 transcript evaluation fee is paid online through the School of Nursing website. Go to the STUDENT FORMS Page for the "Fee Payment (School of Nursing Applications or Transcript Evaluation Fees)" link.

  • Transcripts

    Request official transcripts from all schools attended since high school to be sent directly to the School of Nursing (address is noted on the Transcript Evaluation Request Form) in order to be accepted as official. The BRAND office copies all official transcripts received, forwarding originals to the UW Admission Office. 

Scholastic Requirements

School of Nursing
BSN Program Scholastic Requirements

University and College of Health Sciences policies governing scholastic requirements (e.g. major changes, probation, and dismissal) apply to students enrolled in the School of Nursing. In addition to university/college requirements, the School of Nursing has the following scholastic requirements:

  1. Grade of at least a C in all required courses with one exception. Grade of B or better is required in CHEM 1000 (Introductory Chemistry).

  2. Prerequisites must be met with C or better prior to entering each nursing course.

  3. A cumulative Nursing G.P.A. (NGPA) of 2.75 (Basic BSN and BRAND) or 2.50 (RN/BSN) based on required courses is the minimum required for admission to the nursing major.

  4. Students must attain a 2.00 (C) or S in each nursing course, as well as a cumulative Nursing G.P.A. (NGPA) of 2.75 (Basic BSN and BRAND) or 2.50 (RN/BSN) based on required courses to progress.

  5. Single prerequisite, requisite, core, or nursing major course may not be repeated more than once.*

  6. Only a total of four prerequisite, requisite, or core courses may be repeated.*

  7. Only a total of two nursing courses in the major may be repeated.*


* RN/BSN Course Repeat Policy: If a student chooses to repeat a course in which a grade of C or better was previously earned, it will not be counted as a repeat by the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing


  • All nursing theory and combined courses must be taken for a grade.

  • Clinical courses are graded S/U only.

  • Students may petition an exception to the same School of Nursing policy only one time.


  • UW policy in effect for courses completed prior to Fall 2006:

    • First repeat: only the second credit and grade is used to calculate the cumulative GPA.

    • If repeated more than once, the second grade and all subsequent grades together with the grade points of these attempts will enter the computation of the cumulative average.

    • If a mark of W, S, or U is assigned in a repeated course, the previous grade assigned will stand except when an S or U is earned repeating a previous S or U. (see UW Catalog).

  • UW policy in effect for courses completed Fall 2006 forward:
    Students may repeat course work; however, credit earned in any given course (or equivalent course) is applicable toward a degree requirement only once. All grade entries remain on the student's record, but only the last grade earned will be calculated in the UW cumulative grade point average (see UW Catalog).

  • Students with repeated courses completed prior to and/or after fall 2006 may see both variances of the UW repeat policy reflected on their transcript. Courses repeated prior to fall 2006 will remain coded based on the previous policy.

Approved by AP Meeting 3/31/2010; updated by SoN Meeting 10/8/2014

Admission Criteria:

  • Previous Baccalaureate Degree

    Entry into the BRAND program requires students to have a completed baccalaureate degree prior to application to the program with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

  • Non-U.S. Citizens

    • If English is not your first language, you must submit TOEFL results (90 iBT total score with no component less than 21).

    • Please note that interviews of BRAND applicants are held in Laramie, Wyoming. No exceptions will be made.

  • Prerequisite Coursework - updated 1/30/2013

    Students should have all prerequisites by the end of fall semester prior to the summer in which they are seeking admission. Those students who use the spring semester to complete prerequisites should understand that their application will be reviewed, but those who have courses completed by December will have priority.

    There are prerequisite courses that must be successfully completed prior to starting this program (currently, there is no time limit on the required courses noted below if a student has had them in their previous bachelor's degree). "Successfully completed" means that students must have a C or better in all required courses, and a 2.75 minimum grade point average (GPA) for those courses. Please be advised that this does not guarantee admission.

    • PHCY 4450 (Pathophysiology) - 4 credit hours
      Must be upper division (3000/4000 level). Lower division/Community College level courses do not satisfy this requirement. A syllabus is required for course evaluation.

    • KIN 2040 and KIN 2041 (Anatomy lecture and lab) - 4 credit hours

    • KIN/ZOO 3115 (Physiology) - 4 credit hours

    • MOLB 2240 (Medical Microbiology) - 5 credit hours

    • PSYC 1000 (General Psychology) - 3 credit hours

    • FCSC 1140 or FCSC 1141 (Nutrition) - 2-3 credit hours

  • Active CNA Certification or LPN Licensure

    If not currently CNA Certified, then note on the application your plans for completing that certification. If proof of state board of nursing certification is not presented by May 1, any provisional acceptance to the BRAND Program will be revoked.

    CNA certification from any state will be accepted, but must be good through December 31 of the year of admission.

    See the Wyoming State Board of Nursing web site for listing of training programs in Wyoming - click on that link, scroll down that page for PDF link entitled "Training Programs-Wyoming".

  • Personal Essays

    Write a one-page essay for each of the questions asked in the application packet section of this page.

  • Three recommendations addressing adult learner capabilities

These forms are linked in the BRAND application packet section of this page.

  • Interview

    • The interviews will be held on the Laramie, Wyoming campus in February/March. No exceptions will be made.

    • The applicant will be required to complete an essay by hand immediately prior to the interview while on campus.

UW Admissions Process

UW Web site:
UW Admissions Web site:
Phone: 1-800-DIAL-WYO/342-5995 or (307)766-5160

Apply and become admitted to the University of Wyoming (declared major - "NUBR") for the summer session of the year of admission.

  • It is important for students to know what the University of Wyoming requires regarding admission criteria. Visit the UW Admissions site as noted directly above.

  • Complete the University of Wyoming application

    • Complete the University of Wyoming application and submit UW's separate application fee prior to the November 1 BRAND application deadline. Preferably students' admission status should be finalized by UW Admissions Office prior to the November 1 deadline. [Current UW students will have already completed this step; new transfer students will need to complete this requirement if not already done.]

    • Include copy of email or letter from UW Admissions showing acceptance into UW.

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Admission

When to Apply

IMPORTANT: BRAND application deadline now November 1

  • Application Deadline November 1

  • Applications are revised annually and are normally available on this site (linked under #1 below) by mid-September

  • Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed

How to Submit

  • Mail the application packet to:

    University of Wyoming
    Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing
    ATTN: BRAND Application Records
    Department 3065
    1000 E. University Avenue
    Laramie, WY  82071

  • OR Hand Deliver to:

    Health Sciences Center
    Room 351E

Application Packet

A complete application packet includes the following:

  1. BRAND Admission Application

    Download the BRAND Admission Application in PDF or WORD format below.
    (WORD Format) or (PDF Format)

    The deadline for the completed application packets to be in the BRAND office is November 1. A US Postal Service postmark of November 1 will be accepted. Hand delivery will be accepted during business hours prior to the deadline if November 1 falls in a weekend.

  2. School of Nursing BRAND Application Fee ($30.00) - non-refundable

    • Pay the fee through the Student Forms page - note the third bullet on the linked page, "Fee Payment for School of Nursing Transcript Evaluation Fees (non-refundable).
      Please note: if you have paid the transcript evaluation fee already, you will not need to pay a School of Nursing application fee. If you are unsure, please call the BRAND office at 307-766-6565.

  3. Personal essays

    • Directions for completing Essays
      - Each essay on a separate page
      - Each essay may not be more than one page long
      - Include name on the upper right corner of each page
      - Begin each essay by including the question/topic being addressed
      - Answers must be typed
      - Times New Roman - 12 pt. font
      - 1-inch margins
      - Double-spaced

    • Essay questions
      - What qualifications do you feel you have that would make you successful in the field of nursing?
      - Describe a time when you realized that you were not going to achieve a goal you had set. What did you do when this happened?

  4. Three BRAND Recommendation Forms

    • Download BRAND Recommendation Form

      (PDF Format)

    • Directions for submitting recommendation forms

      - Download form linked above - print out three copies
      - Students should give the copies to the three people they have chosen to be their recommenders
      - Ask recommenders to (a) fill out the form and (b) attach to the form a letter on their professional letterhead
      - Request the recommender enclose the form and letter in sealed envelope with signature of recommender across the seal. The sealed envelope should then be mailed to the student. Do not open the envelope, but submit as part of the application packet.

  5. Photocopy of active/current CNA Certification or LPN Licensure

  6. Official transcripts

    • What constitutes an official transcript?
      Transcript, if mailed or given to you directly by student's school, must be in a sealed envelope with the registrar's seal over the back flap. Students must not open the envelope.

    • Directions for transcript submission
      - Submit in packet official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended, and currently attending.
      - OR submit a note with packet advising the school that official transcripts have been sent to the School of Nursing or to UW Admissions.

    • Transcript deadline
      January 15 is the deadline for the BRAND office to receive official transcripts for courses taken in the fall semester.

  7. University of Wyoming Application (see UW Admissions Process above)

Admissions Timeline of Events

  • November 1:

    Admission deadline

  • January:

    • Admissions committee reviews completed application packets.

    • January 15: transcripts from fall semester due.

  • Early February:

    Selected applicants will be contacted by e-mail to set up a personal interview.

  • February:

    Personal interviews will be held in Laramie.

  • First part of March:

    Admissions committee will make final selections for admission to the next cohort which starts in May.

  • March 15:

    All applicants will be notified of the committee's selection decisions by this date

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