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The UW FWW SoN will accept some Pathogenic Microbiology and some General Microbiology courses as the equivalent to the Medical Micro. Requesting a transcript evaluation will allow the BRAND program office to assist with choosing a course that will transfer into UW.
No. A copy of the CNA license has to be on file in the BRAND office by May 1, before classes start.

The program starts in May and finishes in August of the following year: 15 months (4 semesters).


There is no waiting list for the BRAND program. The application will be available on September 15, and the applications are due November 1 of the same year. Students who want to re-apply the following year are welcome to do so.

The BRAND program only has a statute of limitations on two prerequisites: PHCY 3450 and PHCY 4470; they must be completed within three years of the May start date.

Students can be admitted to the program without the Wyoming history course, but the course has to be completed before a student can graduate. It is not a petitionable requirement; it is a state statute. Students can take the course through UW or LCCC (Laramie County Community College) as an on-line course.

Yes, one may still apply even if prerequisites are not completed by November 1. However, applicants who have all of the prerequisite coursework done, and have their CNA license by November 1, are given preference. (This is not meant to indicate that everyone with the prerequisite coursework completed and the CNA license in hand is automatically accepted).

No. The first summer the students spend approximately every other week in Laramie for on-ground classes. The following fall and spring semesters the students are required to be in a clinical location in the State of Wyoming approximately 2 weeks out of each month. That time requirement can vary. The final summer semester each student does their senior residency in a location in Wyoming that is chosen by the instructors of the program. The program requires travel and flexibility, but the skills and education received by the participant is strengthened as a result of the diversity of experience provided by the different rural settings in Wyoming.

Yes. When the students start in May, the instructor starts the skills class knowing that all of the students have the CNA skills. So a certain level of proficiency is necessary, and the CNA license assures the instructor that those base-line abilities exist.

No. UW accepts a CNA license from any state.

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