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BRAND Admission Criteria/Application

IMPORTANT: BRAND application deadline extended to December 1 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 August 26, 2016, 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.

    • All applicants must submit ALL official transcripts to NursingCAS from all colleges attended including the University of Wyoming. NursingCAS must be in receipt of all completed course work through the semester prior to the application deadline.

    • Official transcripts sent to NursingCAS will be accepted as official at the University of Wyoming. Official University of Wyoming transcripts must be included in your NursingCAS application.

    • If planning to take classes from the University of Wyoming prior to starting the BRAND program, a separate University of Wyoming application must be submitted.

    • The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing requires a transcript evaluation fee. Pay the fee under the Student Forms section of the School of Nursing website. NursingCAS requires a fee which is explained below.

  • When can I start my application on NursingCAS?

The BRAND application will be available August 26, 2016, through NursingCAS. It is recommended you create your NursingCAS account as soon as possible to allow NursingCAS time to verify official transcripts. Note that applicants are charged a fee to use NursingCAS. For undergraduate level degree programs, you will be charged $45 for the first program selected and $30 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 or higher prior to starting 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 spring 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) - 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.

  • Personal Essays

    Two personal essays will be uploaded as part of the NursingCAS application. Please refer to NursingCAS for complete information.

  • Three references addressing adult learner capabilities

    The three references will be requested through NursingCAS. Please refer to NursingCAS for complete information.

  • 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

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When to Apply

  • Application deadline has been extended to December 1 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 has been extended to December 1.

  2. School of Nursing BRAND Application Fee  - non-refundable
    - Applicants will pay the evaluation fee through the School of Nursing website under the "Student Forms" page by selecting the “Fee Payment for School of Nursing Transcript Evaluation Fees”.

  3. Personal Essays
    - Upload to NursingCAS
    - Since the application will not be opening up until August 26, 2016 as noted earlier on this page, the two essay questions are listed below so that you can thoughtfully prepare your answers:

    • 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?

    • What qualifications do you feel you have that would make you successful in the field of nursing?

  4. Three BRAND References
    - Instructions in NursingCAS

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

  6. Official Transcripts
    - Upload to NursingCAS (instructions available in NursingCAS application)

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Admissions Timeline of Events

  • December 1:
    Application 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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Updated: 05/18/2017

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