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BRAND Admission Criteria/Application

IMPORTANT: BRAND application deadline October 31 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time)

Transfer Evaluation

When transferring credits to the BRAND Program, students may find it beneficial to go to to access the UW Transfer Equivalency Self-Service site. This site can assist in discovering how courses taken at other institutions will transfer and can be used to earn a degree at UW. Transfer evaluation reports created on this site are NOT official but rather serve as a guide. Official evaluations are not completed until after being fully admitted to UW.

As part of the BRAND nursing major application process, transfer coursework will be evaluated by the School of Nursing to determine transfer equivalency of required prerequisite courses. Evaluation will also take into consideration the School of Nursing Program Scholastic Requirements (see below). A School of Nursing transcript evaluation fee will be assessed at that time and paid online through link identified within the NursingCAS application site for our program.

The UW Registrar's Office completes an evaluation of students' transcripts following their admission to the University. Their office determines whether or not courses are found to have UW equivalencies and/or University Studies (USP) attributes. Pending approval/clearance on all transfer discrepancies by both the School of Nursing and the Registrar, students' transfer evaluations are considered unofficial. The Registrar is the official evaluator and the School of Nursing 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.

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

  2. A cumulative Nursing G.P.A. (NGPA) of 2.75 based on required courses is the minimum required for admission to the nursing major.

  3. 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 based on required courses to progress.

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

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

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

  7. Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree or higher prior to starting the program with a minimum GPA of 2.5.


  • 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

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  • Important Application Information

Starting late August 2018, you will have the opportunity to apply to the BRAND Program at the University of Wyoming, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing.

  • NursingCAS Application

To access the NursingCAS 3.0 application, use the following link:

  • What is NursingCAS?

NursingCAS is the nation's only online application service for individuals applying to nursing programs offered at all levels. The service helps to streamline the application process while providing guidance, updates, and support to applicants every step of the way. On NursingCAS you will be able view our program details, requirements, deadlines, programs offered and other important information.

  • What are the benefits of applying through NursingCAS?

NursingCAS allows applicants to use a single online resource to research and apply to any nursing program at participating schools nationwide. It is a convenient and cost effective option, as applicants only need to complete one online application and send one set of supporting materials, which cuts down on the repetitive nature of the process and data entry. You can sign up to receive emails from schools about new programs, upcoming deadlines, and available seats. There is also a customer service team available to help you, and you can check your status online or on your smartphone 24/7 to track your application

  • Important Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Program Information

    • Any person seeking admission to the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing BRAND program must apply through NursingCAS and the UW Admissions Office.

    • All applicants must submit ALL official transcripts to the UW Admissions office from all colleges colleges attended by the October 31, 2018 application deadline.

  • When can I start my application on NursingCAS?

The BRAND application will be available late August 2018, through NursingCAS. Note that applicants are charged a fee to use NursingCAS. For undergraduate level degree programs, you will be charged $50 for the first program selected and $35 for each additional program selected.

  • Who should I contact with questions about NursingCAS once I start my application?

NursingCAS has a dedicated customer service team available to applicants. Contact customer service for any questions or concerns including: inquiries about application status, verification, receipt of supporting materials, how to complete the application, uploading documents, or submitting reference requests

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Admission Criteria:

  • Previous Baccalaureate Degree

    Entry into the BRAND program requires students to have completed a baccalaureate degree by December 2018 with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

  • University of Wyoming Admission

    Admission to the University of Wyoming (UW) is required by the October 31 application deadline.

    Those who are not current/active UW students will need to apply separately to the university. Application/admission criteria is 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 2018 semester so that the FWWSON has access to those by the October 31 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)].

    Official transcripts and exam/test scores must be sent 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.

  • Prerequisite Coursework - updated 4/02/2018

    The BRAND Program has seven prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be successfully completed by December 2018, with the exception of PHCY 4470, which needs to be completed by May 2019. “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. Applicants can have prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application. Please be advised that this does not guarantee admission.

    PHCY 3450 and PHCY 4470 must be completed within three years before the May start date.

    • PHCY 4470 (Fund Pharmacology) - 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.

    • PHCY 3450 (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 2021 or 2240 (Microbiology) - 4 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, please explain plans for completing that certification in the NursingCAS application (instructions available in NursingCAS). 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.

  • Interview

    • The interviews will be held on the Laramie, Wyoming campus in late November. No exceptions will be made.

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

  • English Language Proficiency Policy

    Nursing admission related to non-native English-speaking students taking the TOEFL for iBT.

    Non-native English-speaking students must submit TOEFL iBT result with a minimum total score of 90 iBT with minimum skill scores of:

    • Reading component no less than 21

      (high end of Intermediate level and levels for this criteria include High, Intermediate, & Low)

    • Listening component no less than 21

      (high end of Intermediate level and levels for this criteria include High, Intermediate, & Low)

    • Speaking component no less than 25

      (high end of Fair level and levels for this criteria include Good, Fair, Limited, & Weak)

    • Writing component no less than 23

      (high end of Fair level and levels for this criteria include Good, Fair, & Limited)

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When to Apply

  • Application deadline is October 31 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) annually.

    • Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

    • It is recommended that all materials arrive at NursingCAS at least four weeks prior to application deadline to allow for timely processing and availability to FWWSON.

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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Admission

Application Packet

A complete application packet includes the following. Please refer to NursingCAS for details about each packet item:

  1. BRAND Admission Application
    - Complete through NursingCAS. The deadline for the completed application packets to be in NursingCAS is October 31.

  2. Photocopy of active/current CNA Certification or LPN Licensure
    - Upload to NursingCAS

  3. Official Transcripts
    - Must be received by the University of Wyoming Office of Admissions by October 31, 2018

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Admissions Timeline of Events

  • October 31:
    Application deadline

  • November:
    - Admissions committee reviews completed application packets
    - Selected applicants will be contacted by e-mail to set up a personal interview
    - Personal interviews will be held in Laramie

  • First part of December:
    Admissions committee will make final selections for admission to the next cohort which starts in May
    All applicants will be notified of the committee's selection decisions by December 30

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Questions / Problems?

Updated: 10/31/2018

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