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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

College of Health Sciences

Nurse Educator Admission Criteria/Application

application deadline: February 1


Students are evaluated for admission to the MS program on four criteria. These criteria, in order of their importance, include:

  • Documentation of clinical expertise

  • Self-reflective essay

  • GPA

  • Letters of recommendation

Nurse Educator (MS) Admission

The graduate admission process at the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has changed. Students shall submit one application to the university. There is no longer an additional application to the School of Nursing. (The first bullet under "Application Items" below is a link that takes students directly to the graduate application site.)

The application site allows only a few characters in the form. Students need more specific guidance when submitting materials, so details follow:

  1. Application Deadline

    • February 1 is the annual application deadline for fall admission consideration for the FWWSON MS Nurse Educator Program.

  2. Application Items

    • Graduate Application Form

    • Clinical Expertise
      Being nationally certified in an area (e.g., critical care, oncology, medical-surgical, gerontology) is one way to demonstrate clinical expertise. If a student is nationally certified, that student should submit proof of that certification. If not nationally certified, a portfolio of materials should support their expertise. Items in the portfolio might include letter(s) from supervisor or peers that describe the student's expertise, staff education classes (based on the student's expertise) that they might have taught, awards they might have received in the workplace, and/or significant continuing education in their clinical area that support their expertise.

    • Self-reflective Essay
      Self-reflection is an important component of the MS program at UW. This essay asks that the student reflect on their clinical strengths and weaknesses, and discuss how they plan to integrate these into their educational goals. The student's essay should be typed on a separate piece of paper and should be approximately 2 pages long.

    • GPA
      Submit all post-high school transcripts. The preferred minimum GPA is 3.0.

    • Recommendation Letters
      Choose reference writers carefully. Ideally, one writer should speak to the student's academic performance, e.g., a faculty member from the student's undergraduate program. Another should address the student's health care experience & clinical skills. This person could be a nursing or medical colleague, and should address student's potential for contributing to the nursing profession as an advanced practice nurse. One reference should speak to student's general character (this person should not be a family member or friend).

    • RN Licensure
      A current, active, unencumbered RN license for the state where student plans to do their education practicum.

    • Current Resume

    • Transcripts - from all previously attended colleges and universities. If the University of Wyoming (UW) is the last college that you attended, there is no need to request your transcripts, because UW will have all of your transcripts on file already.

      • Official transcripts:
        ...should be mailed directly from your schools to...
        UW Graduate Admissions
        Department 3435
        1000 E. University Avenue
        Laramie, WY  82071

      • Unofficial transcripts:
        ...should be uploaded to the graduate application form

  3. Physical Requirements

    All graduate nursing students must be able to perform the essential functions of a nurse. Reasonable accommodations are afforded to student nurses with disabilities as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Faculty and staff from the School of Nursing work with staff from the University Disability Support Services to determine what constitute reasonable accommodations.

  4. International Applicants

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results

    • Meet requirements of UW Admissions for International Student Admission. (International Students seeking graduate degrees should consult the Graduate Students section at the UW Admissions site for application information.)


Phone: 307-766-6568

Important Note

The GRE is no longer required for admission to the MS Nurse Educator Program.

Out-of-State Applicants

The implementation of the Higher Education Act – State Authorization has affected the admission of out-of-state students in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Nurse Educator (MS) Program. Therefore this program is no longer admitting students from the following states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.

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