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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

351A Health Sciences Center, 766-4291
FAX: (307) 766-4294
Web site: www.uwyo.edu/Nursing

Dean: Sherrill J. Smith
Associate Dean: Mary Anne Purtzer

Professors

MARY E. BURMAN, B.S.N. University of Minnesota 1983; M.S. University of Michigan 1986; Ph.D. 1990; Professor of Nursing 2003.
PAMELA N. CLARKE, B.S.N. Wayne State University 1969; M.P.H. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1971; Ph.D. Wayne State University 1983; Professor of Nursing 2003.
ANN MARIE HART, B.S.N. Medical College of Virginia 1991; M.S. University of Wyoming 1996; Ph.D. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denver 2003; Professor of Nursing 2015.
SHERRILL J. SMITH, B.S.N. University of Wisconsin 1985; M.S. Wright State University 1997; Ph.D. University of Northern Colorado 2008; Professor of Nursing 2019; Dean of Nursing 2019.

Associate Professor

MARY ANNE PURTZER, B.S.N. University of Nebraska 1975; M.A. University of Wyoming 2002; M.S. 2005; Ph.D. 2007; Associate Professor of Nursing 2014; Associate Dean of Nursing 2017.
JENIFER THOMAS, B.S. Colorado State University 1994; M.S. Avila University 2000; M.S. Colorado State University 2007; Ph.D. 2008; Associate Professor of Nursing 2016.

Assistant Professor

REBECCA CARRON, B.S.N. Texas Christian University 1976; B.A. University of Wyoming 1997; M.S. 2006; Ph.D. University of Colorado 2014; Assistant Professor of Nursing 2014.
SARAH KOOIENGA, B.S.N. Rush University 1983; M.S.N. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1988; Ph.D. Oregon Health Sciences University 2006; Assistant Professor of Nursing 2014.

Clinical Assistant Professor

ESTHER GILMAN-KEHRER, B.S.N. University of Wyoming 1986; M.S. 1998; D.N.P. University of Colorado 2012; Clinical Assistant Professor 2014.
NANCY MCGEE, B.S.N. University of Wyoming 2005; M.S. 2007; D.N.P. University of Northern Colorado 2014; Clinical Assistant Professor 2015.
J'LAINE PROCTOR, B.S.N. University of Wyoming 2000; M.S. 2003; Certificate-PMHNP 2007; D.N.P. University of Northern Colorado 2014; Clinical Assistant Professor 2014.

Senior Lecturers

Kimberly Raska-Miller, Linda Williams

Associate Lecturers

K. David Bodily, Elizabeth Goodwin, Marilyn Hall, Sherrie Rubio-Wallace, Candace Stidolph, Rachel Thomas, Candace Tull

Assistant Lecturers

Paula Belknap, Paula Kihn, Christina Warren, JoHanna Wedemeyer

Adjunct and Part-time Faculty

Amy Aldrich, Nicole Alexander, Jamie Anthony-Mathews, Tracy Baum, Karen Benjamin, Shelley Benson, Diane Boyle, Colleen Butler, Carol Campbell, Cate Campisi, William T. Carter, Carol Susan Christman, Denise Curtis, Jennifer Curtis, Robyn Curtis-Rice, Elizabeth DePrince-Smith, Kimberly Donohue, Jennifer Favilla, James Fleenor, Shelby Frost, Deborah Gaspar, Brian Gee, Julian Good, Sheriedan Grannan, Nancy Granum, Amy Gruwell, Jennifer Helmer, Jesse Henry, Julie Hummer-Bellmeyer, Dawn Jensen, Jane Johnston, Sunny Kaste, Melanie Kawulok, Paula Kihn, Carol Kobulnicky, Cheryl Koski, Anthony Leonard, Susan McLaughlin, Sue Lowe, Marcia Newell, Kristy Nielson, Jennifer Oiler, Daiva Olipra, Sarah Penn, Collin Prince, Chelsea Raymer, Michael Rice, Vickie Richards, Lettie Seamount, Cynthia Smith, Shawn Snyder, Veronica Taylor, Cassie Terfehr, Dyan Thompson, Joslyn Thompson, Kate Thompson, Teresa Thompson, Weldonna Toth, Cynthia Weber, Wendy Wood Neeson, Cheryl Wrasper, Wendy Wright

Emeriti

Beverly McDermott, Holly Miller, Susan H. Steiner, Beverly Taheri-Kennedy, Fay W. Whitney, Norma Wilkerson


The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) has well established B.S.N, M.S., and D.N.P. programs based upon national nursing education standards.

Mission

The FWWSON educates, conducts research and provides service and practice to improve, protect and promote health.

Accreditation and Membership

The baccalaureate and graduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The baccalaureate program (Basic BSN, BRAND, and BSN Completion) is approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (WSBN). Graduates of the Basic BSN and BRAND options are qualified to apply for admission to the national licensing examination: NCLEX. Graduates of the DNP Program are eligible to take the national certification exams as a nurse practitioner.

Technical Standards for Admission

All nursing students must be able to perform the essential functions of a nurse, including observation/sensory motor; communication; psychomotor; intellectual-conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social attributes. Please refer to the “Technical Standards for Admission”, including information on reasonable accommodations, on the school’s website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing/programs/technical-standards-for-admission.html.

Background Checks Requirement

Students enrolled in clinical training programs within the College of Health Sciences are placed in educational and clinical settings where highly vulnerable clients such as minor children, individuals with disabilities, and/or the elderly, are routinely served. These clinical/practice training sites (including schools, hospitals, pharmacies, and other university sites) routinely require criminal background checks for all students who engage in clinical activities. Therefore, background checks shall be required on all applicants to programs in the College of Health Sciences prior to admission into their prospective program.

Students applying for admission into the nursing major component of the BSN Program, the MS Program, and the DNP Program will be notified by the FWWSON at the time of any admission offer the process for completing the required background check. Previous background checks (e.g. CNA Certification, LPN or RN Licensure) are not acceptable to fulfill this expectation. The results of the background check may determine final admittance to the program.

Students may also be required to update the criminal background check. Each clinical training site will be informed that students have passed a background check prior to placement at that site; some sites may require a more current background check. Clinical agencies may bar a student access to their facility for clinical experiences based on the results of the background check. If faculty and staff are not able to place the student in an alternative setting, the student will not be able to complete the program. In addition, students seeking readmission into the program are required to complete a new background check. Students are responsible for the costs associated with the admission background check and any other background checks that may be required.

Drug Screening Requirements

Drug screening may be required by some clinical training sites. Students will be notified by the FWWSON should this be an expectation of them. Students may incur charges for this screening and will be notified of such at that time. Drug and/or alcohol testing for any student can be requested by the FWWSON.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing provides a curriculum based on the solid foundation of a general studies program. University students are individuals who come with learning preferences, different experiences, varied goals, and therefore, have unique learning needs. The primary responsibility of faculty is to empower students to become self-directed learners. Active learning is a teaching/learning partnership.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

At completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, graduates will be able to meet the end of program student learning outcomes:

  1. Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  2. Advance nursing practice related to patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice.
  3. Achieve optimal individual, family, group, community, and population outcomes guided by clinical reasoning and appraisal of evidence of best practice.
  4. Demonstrate effective leadership through heightened self-awareness to empower others in the attainment of optimal patient outcomes.
  5. Use mutually respectful communication, collaboration, and leadership skills within interprofessional teams in the management of care in diverse, complex, global, and dynamic healthcare systems.
  6. Participate as a nursing professional in the development and implementation of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory entities, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends.
  7. Provide patient centered care by reflecting on the uniqueness of an individual patient’s background, personal preferences, culture, values, traditions, and family which promotes optimal health outcomes by involving patients and families as they make clinical care decisions.
  8. Demonstrate respectful, efficient, safe, and well-coordinated transitions of the patient through all levels of care.
  9. Provide respectful, efficient, safe and well-coordinated patient-centered care to populations by reflecting on beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices.
  10. Model professionalism with consistent demonstration of core values evidenced by nurses working with others to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes in patients, families, and populations by wisely applying principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication, professional engagement, lifelong learning, and accountability.
  11. Encourage evidence-based health promotion and make a positive contribution to immediate and long-term health status, through the provision of education to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations that encourages healthy behaviors and choices, prevention of disease, protection from preventable illness and disastrous emergencies.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Options

The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing offers a baccalaureate program with three options to obtain the BSN degree:

  1. Basic BSN - a four-year on-campus BSN option for the student wishing to become a registered nurse at the baccalaureate level.
  2. Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree (BRAND) - an accelerated BSN outreach option for the student who has already achieved a previous non-nursing baccalaureate degree and wishes to become a registered nurse at the baccalaureate level.
  3. BSN Completion – two online BSN options (ReNEW and RN-BSN) for graduates of an associate degree nursing program who wish to become a baccalaureate prepared nurse.

Please refer to the appropriate program option section that follows below.

Basic BSN

This option is a four-year on-campus BSN program option for students who are interested in becoming a registered nurse.

Second baccalaureate degree seeking students have the choice of pursuing Basic BSN or BRAND (see information under that heading).

Admission

Basic BSN has two different admission entries: 1) Freshman Admission to the Nursing major and 2) Non-Freshman Admission tot he Nursing major. Criteria for admission as well as application instructions and deadlines can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, Basic BSN, Freshman Admission or Non-Freshman Admission under Admission to Basic BSN).

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 further scholastic requirements for Basic BSN. These requirements can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, Basic BSN, Basic BSN Student Handbook - section 6 Scholastic Requirements).

Curriculum

The minimum requirement to graduate with a BSN is 120 semester hours of credit. Evaluation of transfer courses is required to determine credit eligibility.

The required courses, ZOO 3115 (Human Systems Physiology), PHCY 3450 [4450] (Pathophysiology), and PHCY 4470 (Pharmacology), must be upper division (3000/4000 level). Lower division/Community College (1000/2000 level) courses do not satisfy this requirement. Transfer courses must be reviewed for acceptability.

Nursing courses are offered fall and spring semesters of the university academic calendar. Students are required to have transportation to all clinical sites. A number of clinical sites are located in Cheyenne. The capstone practicum experience during spring of the senior year requires students to live in locations away from campus.

Program of Study

Applicable for: Freshman/Non-Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major

Pre-Clinical Component
(Courses to be completed in first three semesters as outlined; required for the clinical component.)
FRESHMAN YEAR: Fall Hrs.
First-Year Seminar (FYS) 3
ENGL 1010 (COM1) 3
MATH 1400 (Q) 3
LIFE 1010  (PN) 4
CHEM 1000 or CHEM 1020 (PN) 4
Total Hrs. 17
FRESHMAN YEAR: Spring Hrs.
Communication 2 (COM2) 3
FCSC 1141 3
PSYC 1000 (H) 3
MICR/MOLB 2240 4
KIN 2040 3
KIN 2041 1
Total Hrs. 17
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Fall Hrs.
STAT 2050 or 2070 (Q) 4
Human Culture (H) 3
U.S. & Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
ZOO 3115 4
Total Hrs. 14
Pre-Clinical Component Total Hrs.
48
Clinical Component
(Progression or admission into the clinical component of the program is required.)
NOTE: The Basic BSN Clinical Component of the program requires courses to be taken in the semester sequence as reflected below. All courses must be passed with a C or better (or S) each semester in order to progress to the next semester's courses. In addition, a cumulative NGPA of 3.000 based on all required courses in the program must be maintained.
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Spring Hrs.
NURS 2340 3
NURS 3435 1
NURS 3490 5
PHCY 3450 [4450] 4
Total Hrs. 13
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Summer Hrs.
PHCY 4470 4
Total Hrs. 4
JUNIOR YEAR: Fall Hrs.
NURS 3635 3
NURS 3665 3
NURS 3690 3
PHCY 3695 4
Total Hrs. 13
JUNIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
NURS 3890 3
NURS 3891 3
NURS 3892 3
NURS 3895 4
NURS 4125 (COM3) 3
Total Hrs. 16
SENIOR YEAR: Fall Hrs.
NURS 4665 3
NURS 4690 4
NURS 4691 3
NURS 4695 4
Total Hrs. 14
SENIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
NURS 4865 3
NURS 4895 12
Total Hrs. 15
Clinical Component Total Hours 75
Overall Total Hours 123
Minimum Hours Required for BSN Degree 120

Note: Course requirements/expectations are subject to change. Maintain contact with FWWSON for current expectations.

BRAND

This option is for students who have a previous non-nursing baccalaureate degree, and who are seeking an accelerated option for obtaining the BSN.

Nursing theory and supporting courses are offered using a combination of online courses and hybrid courses with periodic intensive on-campus experiences. Clinical coursework is arranged at a Wyoming healthcare institution. This option is a ‘summer to summer’ format with a full-time schedule of courses.

Admission

Students who meet university requirements are admitted to the university in the pre-nursing component of BRAND (declared PNBR major). The number of students admitted to BRAND is limited, and admission is a competitive process. Applicants meeting minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission.

Criteria for admission to BRAND as well as application instructions and deadlines can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, BRAND, Admission Criteria/Application).

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 further scholastic requirements for BRAND. These requirements can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, BRAND, BRAND Student Handbook - section 6, Scholastic Requirement).

Curriculum

The minimum requirement for the second bachelor's (SB) degree candidate to graduate with a BSN is 50 semester hours of credit. This curriculum option totals 58 credit hours.

The minimum requirement for an SB degree is 30 additional semester hours earned from UW, 12 of which must be in upper division level courses. If prior baccalaureate degree was earned through UW, the 30 credit minimum is in addition to the credits earned for previous degree. Evaluation of transfer courses is required to determine credit eligibility.

The required courses, PHCY 3450 [4450] (Pathophysiology) and PHCY 4470 (Pharmacology), must be upper division (3000/4000 level). Lower division/Community College (1000/2000 level) courses do not satisfy this requirement. Transfer courses must be reviewed for acceptability.

Program of Study

BRAND Pre-Nursing Component Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Courses (Courses required for admission to the nursing major component.) Hours
KIN 2040 3
KIN 2041 1
ZOO 3115 1
MICR/MOLB 2021 or 2240 4
PSYC 1000 3
FCSC 1141 3
PHCY 3450 [4450] 4
PHCY 4470 4
Total Hours 26
(The first bachelor's degree will satisfy the UW USP general education requirements.)
Required Graduation Courses
Hours
Approved US/WY Constitution course(Recommend completing prior to admission, but must be completed by graduation.) 3
(Students who have completed an acceptable, transferable US Constitution course will only have to complete the remaining WY Constitution component as required by UW. The WY Constitution component may be satisfied through the 1 credit exam or course.)
Total Hours 3

BRAND Nursing Major

(58 credits)
(Nursing application and fee required.)
NOTE: Once admitted to BRAND courses are taken in the semester sequence as reflected below. All courses must be passed with a C or better each semester in order to progress to the next semester’s courses.

Summer Hours
NURS 3710 2
NURS 3730 2
NURS 3750 4
NURS 3780 4
Total Hours 12
Fall Hours
NURS 3770 9
NURS 3771 7
Total Hours 16
Spring Hours
NURS 4710 4
NURS 4735 3
NURS 4736 2
NURS 4740 6
NURS 4741 3
Total Hours 18
Summer Hours
NURS 4775 10
NURS 4785 2
Total Hours 12

(Note: Course requirements/expectations are subject to change. Maintain contact with FWWSON for current expectations.)

BSN Completion

This BSN Completion program is a distance delivery program with two options: 1) ReNEW and 2) RN-BSN. The program serves Wyoming associate degree students and graduate of associate degree or diploma nursing program who wish to become baccalaureate-prepared nurses. The two completion options have distinct Related Coursework and admission criteria. They begin on separate tracks and then share 4000-level nursing courses.

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 further scholastic requirements for BSN Completion. These requirements can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, BSN Completion, Wyoming's ReNEW or RN-BSN, BSN Completion Student Handbook - section 6, Scholastic Requirements).

Curriculum

The minimum UW requirement to graduate with a BSN in 120 semester hours of credit. Evaluation of transfer courses is required to determine credit eligibility.

The required courses, PHCY 3450 [4450] and PHCY 4470, must be upper division (3000/4000-level). Lower division/community college (1000/2000-level) courses do not satisfy this requirement. Transfer courses must be reviewed for acceptability.

ReNEW - Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming

ReNEW is Wyoming’s shared BSN nursing curriculum. Students and graduates of Wyoming community college ReNEW nursing programs have a direct path into upper-division coursework in pursuit of a BSN from FWWSON. Entry into the ReNEW option begins at a participating Wyoming community college ADN nursing program.

Admission

Students who apply to UW and meet university requirements are admitted to the university in the pre-nursing component of ReNEW (declared PNRN). Criteria for UW admission can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, BSN Completion, Wyoming’s ReNEW).

ReNEW Program of Study

Related Coursework

Related coursework can be completed prior to, concurrently with, or after the ADN Benchmark. Course numbers and credit hours may vary by institution; contact the BSN Completion office to verify course equivalency. Grades of C or higher are required.

MATH 1400 3
STAT 2050 or 2070 4
FCSC 1140 or 1141 2-3
Humanities Elective (not PSYC 1000) 3
LIFE 1010 4
CHEM 1000 or 1020 4
MOLB 2210 or 2220 or 2240 4
PHCY 3450 [4450] 4
PHCY 4470 4
Total Related Coursework Hours 32-33

Nursing Courses

Grades of C or higher are required.

First Semester
NURS 3005 1
NURS 4055 (COM3) 3
NURS 4660 3
Populations Semester
NURS 4630 2
NURS 4635 2
NURS 4640 2
NURS 4645 2
Leadership Semester
NURS 4830 2
NURS 4835 2
NURS 4840 2
NURS 4845 2
NURS 4855 2
Total Nursing Courses Hours 25
Minimum Hours Required for the Degree 120

RN-BSN

The RN-BSN option is for non-ReNEW associate degree or diploma-educated registered nurses. This option is delivered nationwide with no on-campus time required.

Admission

Students who apply to UW and meet university requirements are admitted to the university in the pre-nursing component of RN-BSN (declared PNBS). Criteria for admission as well as application instructions can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, BSN Completion, RN-BSN, Admission Criteria/Application).

RN-BSN Program of Study

Related Coursework

Grades of C or higher or required.

MATH 1400 (Q) 3
STAT 2050 or 2070 (Q) 4
FCSC 1140 or 1141 2-3
PSYC 1000 (H) 3
LIFE 1010 (PN) 4
CHEM 1000 or 1020 (PN) 4
An approved Human Anatomy course 4
An approved Human Systems Physiology course 4
PHCY 3450 [4450] 4
PHCY 4470 4
Total Related Coursework Hours 40-41

University Studies Program Coursework

Grades of C or higher are required for COM1 and COM2.

First-Year Seminar (FYS)
(met with 30+ post high school hours)
3
ENGL 1010 (COM1) 3
An approved Communication 2 course (COM2) 3
Human Culture (not PSYC 1000) (H) 3
U.S. & WY Constitutions (V) 3
Total USP Hours 15

Nursing Courses

Grades of C or higher are required.

First Semester
NURS 3425 3
Nursing Care of Populations
NURS 4055 (COM3) 3
NURS 4630 2
NURS 4635 2
NURS 4640 2
NURS 4645 2
Professional Nursing Leadership
NURS 4660 3
NURS 4830 2
NURS 4835 2
NURS 4840 2
NURS 4845 2
NURS 4855 2
Total Nursing Courses Hours 27

Escrow Courses

(Credits are automatically posted to the student’s UW transcript during the semester of NURS 4855 enrollment. These credits represent credit for nursing content learned in the associate degree or diploma in nursing program.)

NURS 3665 3
NURS 3890 3
NURS 3895 4
Minimum Hours Required for the Degree 120

Graduate Study

The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing offers two graduate programs leading to: 1) a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and 2) a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree.

Master of Science (MS) Degree

The MS program is a part-time, online degree open to registered nurses with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program nationally accredited by CCNE or NLNAC. The MS program has two concentrations: 1) Nurse Educator (NE) and 2) Nurse Leader (NL).

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

M.S. Graduate are prepared to ensure better care, better health, and lower costs through their knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  1. Lead change for quality care outcomes; implement safe, quality care to diverse patients in a variety of settings and roles;
  2. Apply teaching/learning principles to the design, implementation, and evaluation of growth in individuals or groups in a variety of settings;
  3. Build and lead interprofessional care teams;
  4. Design innovative nursing practices;
  5. Translate evidence into practice;
  6. Promote a healthy work environment for sustainability of the work force.

Admission

Complete application materials for the MS Program must be received by the University of Wyoming no later than April 1 to be considered for fall admission. (The entire MS application process is completed online.) The applicant is responsible to make certain that UW is in receipt of all application materials/fees.

Criteria for admission as well as application instructions can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, MS, Admission Criteria/Application).

All new admits are required to come to campus for a fall orientation. This expectation is applicable for both MS concentrations.

Curriculum

Curricula for MS concentrations are available on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, MS). All MS students, regardless of concentration will take a set of core courses. In addition to the core courses, a group of specialty courses are required for each MS concentration..

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

The DNP program is open to registered nurses with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program nationally accredited by CCNE or NLNAC. The DNP program has two concentrations: 1) Family Nurse Practitioner (FMY) and 2) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PSH).

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

1. engage in evidence-based practice to optimize health outcomes; and
2. engage in leadership activities to promote excellence in rural health care.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FMY)

The FMY concentration prepares advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to diverse individuals and their families in a variety of outpatient settings, especially rural settings. Graduates are prepared to diagnose and treat common acute problems, such as infections and injuries, and common chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension. Graduates work in a variety of settings including independent nurse practitioner practices, physician offices, public health clinics, indigent clinics, emergency rooms, Indian Health Services, correctional facilities, and migrant clinics.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PSH)

The PSH concentration prepares advanced practice nurses to provide a full range of psychiatric care. Graduates are prepared to assess, diagnose, and manage, to include prescribing psychotropic medications,  for people with chronic and acute psychiatric disorders. Graduates work in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient facilities such as hospitals; community-based or home care centers; local, state, and federal mental health agencies; long-term care facilities; private practices; substance abuse and detoxification programs; emergency psychiatric service centers; primary care offices; correctional facilities, home health agencies; and behavioral health care companies.

Admission

Complete application materials for the DNP Program must be received by the University of Wyoming by the application deadline to be considered for fall admission (The entire DNP application process is completed online). The applicant is responsible to make certain that UW is in receipt of all application materials/fees. The number of students admitted is limited. Admission is a competitive process and applicants meeting minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the DNP program in the School of Nursing.

Criteria for admission as well as application instructions can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, DNP, Admission Criteria & Application).

All new admits are required to come to campus for a fall orientation. This expectation is applicable for all DNP options.

Curriculum

Curricula for the FMY and PSH concentrations are available on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, DNP). All DNP students, regardless of concentration will take a set of core courses. In addition to the core courses a group of specialty courses are required for each NP concentration. Students earning the DNP degree will complete a final scholarly project which is integrated into the FMY and PSH curricula.

The DNP core and clinical courses will be delivered using a combination of online courses; synchronous video web-conferencing, and hybrid courses with periodic intensive on-campus experiences. Clinical placements will be arranged at health care facilities in Wyoming, north central Colorado, or southern Montana.

Nursing (NURS) Courses

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