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

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RN/BSN Completion Program
Admission Requirements/ Application

Please review this page for important information regarding changes to the application process.

Admission Statement

The Fay. W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) RN/BSN Completion Program is committed to academic rigor. We desire individuals with diverse backgrounds who are enthusiastic and have a strong work ethic. We value applicants who are motivated to use an asynchronous online learning platform for their educational experience. We seek individuals who have demonstrated the ability for success in their ADN or diploma nursing program. Individuals with these qualities will be the best fit for our program.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the RN/BSN Completion Program nursing major include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. All students:

    • Complete the following USP courses prior to application deadline (required courses for admission):
      - MATH 1400 - College Algebra or MATH 1405 - Trigonometry or MATH 1450 - Algebra and Trigonometry
      - Writing 1 (WA for USP 2003) or Communication 1 (COM1 for USP 2015)
      - Writing 2 (WB for USP 2003) or Communication 2 (COM2 for USP 2015)

    • Complete NursingCAS application prior to application deadline.

    • Have a grade of "C" or better in required courses for admission (courses noted above).

    • Have a grade of "C" or better and a minimum nursing grade point average (NGPA) of 2.50 calculated on all completed core courses.

    • Do not repeat a core course more than once. (Course withdrawals and grades of C or better are not considered repeats).

    • Do not repeat more than four core courses in total. (Course withdrawals and grades of C or better are not considered repeats).

  2. Students who have completed an ADN or Diploma in Nursing program:

    • Have active, unencumbered RN licensure within the United States.

  3. Students currently enrolled in a Wyoming ADN program:

    • Provide transcript noting current enrollment in nursing program.

Transfer Evaluation

  • When transferring credits to the RN/BSN Completion 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.

  • The following site,, identifies other types of acceptable credit such as credit by examination options which include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

  • As part of the RN/BSN Completion Program 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 BSN 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.

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

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Admission


Application Deadlines

Strictly Enforced! - The following are the School of Nursing RN/BSN Completion Program application deadlines:

  • Fall semester application deadline is February 1 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) – NursingCAS application available November 1st

  • Spring semester application deadline is September 1 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) – NursingCAS application available late spring

    • Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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



  • Important Application Information
    Starting November 1, you will have the opportunity to apply to the RN/BSN Completion Program at the University of Wyoming, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing.

  • 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 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.

    • Applicants do not need to apply separately to the University of Wyoming if seeking admission to the university for the same semester in which seeking admission to the nursing major for the program through NursingCAS. Otherwise, if planning to start at the university prior to that semester, a separate university admission application/fee process would be necessary.

    • The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing requires a $30 transcript evaluation fee. NursingCAS requires a fee which is explained below.

  • When can I start my application on NursingCAS?
    Applicants may create an account on NursingCAS and start their application beginning October 15, 2014. 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.

    NursingCAS Application:
    Refer to NursingCAS application guidelines for directions as well as a link to the actual application site.

  • 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. 


Notification Process

Admission decisions and notifications occur approximately ten weeks after each application deadline.  At that time, applicants will also receive an evaluation of their coursework.  Applicants should monitor their email and note that some contacts have response deadlines.


Final Admission

The following are required in order to finalize formal School of Nursing admission:

  • Criminal background check

    All students accepted by the School of Nursing are offered admission contingent upon successful completion of criminal background check. (The UW College of Health Sciences requires a background check through a specific company. That information is given to the student in their admission letter.) Students are alerted through admission letters regarding when and where to obtain the criminal background check; students should not begin process until asked to do so by the School of Nursing. If students complete the criminal background check prior to receiving a School of Nursing admission letter instructing them to do so, the students must repeat the process.

  • Receipt by RN/BSN Completion office of your Acceptance Form

  • Verification of enrollment in UW courses for the semester admission is offered


Students Seeking Readmission

For students who were previously admitted to the School of Nursing and would like to seek readmission, please contact the RN/BSN Completion Program office for information regarding the process to seek readmission.

  • Email:

  • Phone: (307) 766-3907 or 1(800) 448-7801, make selection 1, then request ext. 3907

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