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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.

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Admission Requirements

Please determine which of the following three categories pertain to your circumstances.

  1. Category 1
    Students who have completed an ADN or Diploma in Nursing program are eligible to apply for this RN/BSN Completion Program.

    These students need to...

    • ...have active, unencumbered RN licensure within the United States.
    • ...refer below to the academic requirements.

  2. Category 2
    Students admitted
    prior to fall 2016 to a Wyoming ADN program should apply for the RN/BSN Completion Program.
    Students admitted
    in 2016 to the ADN program at Northern Wyoming Community College District with Sheridan College and Gillette College should apply for the RN/BSN Completion Program.

    These students need to...

    • ...provide a copy of the acceptance letter noting admission into the ADN program.

    • ...refer below to the academic requirements.

  3. Category 3
    Students admitted into one of the following Wyoming ADN programs fall 2016 or beyond are part of the ReNEW curriculum and do not apply for this particular RN/BSN Completion Program.

    INSTEAD, these students will follow the ReNEW curriculum, a new state-wide nursing curriculum providing the option to pursue the BSN with UW in a streamlined format. Please check back at this location for updates reflecting the curriculum and needed prerequisites.

    The following are the Wyoming community colleges participating in the ReNEW curriculum:

    • Casper College, Casper

    • Central Wyoming College, Riverton

    • Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington

    • Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne

    • Northwest College, Powell

    • Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs

Academic requirements for students noted above within Categories 1 and 2:

  • Have completed the following USP courses prior to the semester seeking formal School of Nursing admission (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)

  • 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; view core courses via Courses/Program of Study link.

  • Do not repeat a core course more than once; view core courses via Courses/Program of Study link. (Course withdrawals and grades of C or better are not considered repeats).

  • Do not repeat more than four core courses in total; view core courses via Courses/Program of Study link. (Course withdrawals and grades of C or better are not considered repeats).

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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 courses for admission. Evaluation will also take into consideration the School of Nursing BSN Program Scholastic Requirements (see below). A School of Nursing transcript evaluation fee is required and to be 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

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing
RN/BSN Completion 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 for the RN/BSN Completion Program:

  1. A grade of C or better in required courses for admission, required courses for PHCY 4450, core and nursing major courses.

  2. Prerequisites must be met with a grade of C or better prior to entering each nursing course.

  3. A cumulative Nursing G.P.A. (NGPA) of at least 2.50 based on completed core courses at time of application is the minimum required for admission to the nursing major.

  4. A cumulative Nursing G.P.A. (NGPA) of at least 2.50 based on completed core and nursing major courses is the minimum required to progress.

  5. A single core or nursing major course may not be repeated more than once.*

  6. Only a total of four core courses may be repeated.*

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


* 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 RN/BSN Completion Program.


  • All nursing theory and combined courses must be taken for a grade.

  • Students may petition an exception to the same School of Nursing policy only one time.


Approved by RN/BSN Completion Program Meeting 2/10/2016

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UW Admission

All applicants must be admitted to UW as a RN/BSN Completion Program pre-nursing student (PNBS major code) prior to seeking School of Nursing admission. Required documentation of transcripts and test scores include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Official transcripts from every college/university attended (including diploma programs) are required prior to the application deadline. This includes transcripts for coursework that may have only included unsatisfactory grades and/or course withdrawals.

  • For applicants with foreign coursework: The international transcript(s), along with transcript evaluations completed by an approved NACES member, needs to be sent directly to UW. In addition, course descriptions may be required.

  • For applicants with test scores that may meet degree requirements.  The official test score needs to be sent directly to UW.

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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Admission

All applicants seeking formal admission to the School of Nursing must be admitted to UW as a RN/BSN Completion Program pre-nursing student (PNBS major code) and apply through NursingCAS. The following RN/BSN application deadlines are strictly enforced:

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

  • Spring semester application deadline October 1 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) – NursingCAS application available after August 25. 

  • Summer semester application deadline February 1 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) – NursingCAS application available in October.

In addition to UW admission and the NursingCAS application, the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing requires a transcript evaluation fee. In order to pay the fee, refer to Student Forms page, where you will find a link named, "Fee Payment for School of Nursing Transcript Evaluation Fees (non-refundable)."

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About NursingCAS

  • Important RN/BSN Completion Program Information

    • The program requires two documents to uploaded in NursingCAS:

      • Copy of RN licensure or, if enrolled in a Wyoming Associate Degree Nursing program, a copy of the ADN acceptance letter noting an admission term prior to the term seeking School of Nursing admission. Refer to the “Documents” tab located within the “Program Materials” section of the NursingCAS Application to upload this documentation.

      • Copy of the receipt from the submission of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing transcript evaluation fee. Refer to the “Documents” tab located within the “Program Materials” section of the NursingCAS Application to upload the receipt.

  • 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.

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

    The NursingCAS application is divided into four sections. The first three sections (Personal Information, Academic History and Supporting Information) are common among participating programs. The fourth section is unique to the program to which you are applying.

    After logging into NursingCAS, click on "Manage My Programs" and select the University of Wyoming from the Full Programs List. After selecting UW, choose the RN/BSN Completion Program application. Once the application has been added to your list, you may click on the four square box emblem on the top left-hand corner of the page to begin the application.

    When starting the NursingCAS application within the “Personal Information” section under the “Release Statement” tab, please select “Yes” to the “Consent for Email Communication” statement. By answering yes, our program will be allowed to email you regarding updates, deadline reminders, etc. before you submit your application.

  • 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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Notification Process

Admission decisions and notifications occur on a rolling basis. If offered admission, applicants will receive an evaluation of their coursework. Applicants should monitor their email and note that some contacts have response deadlines.

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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

  • Receipt by RN/BSN Completion office of Technical Standards Form
    [this form is not applicable to Summer 2016 admissions]

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Students Seeking Readmission

Applicants who have previously been formally admitted to the RN/BSN Completion Program (NUBS major code) and enrolled in UW courses are not required to reapply via NursingCAS. In order to seek readmission, please contact the RN/BSN Completion Program office for information regarding the process to seek readmission.

  • Email:

  • Phone: (307) 766-6574 or 1(800) 448-7801, make selection 1, then request ext. 6574

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Updated 6/3/2016

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