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University Catalog|Office of the Registrar

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

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

Dean: Mary E. Burman
Associate Dean: Susan H. Steiner

Professors

DIAN BOYLE, B.S.N. University of Maryland 1974; M.S.N. University of North Carolina 1982; Ph.D. University of Kansas 1990; Professor of Nursing 2013; Wyoming Excellence Chair in Nursing 2013.
MARY E. BURMAN,
B.S.N. University of Minnesota 1983; M.S. University of Michigan 1986; Ph.D. 1990; Professor of Nursing 2003; Dean of Nursing 2008.
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.

Associate Professor

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; Associate Professor of Nursing 2009.

Assistant Professor

SHELLY FISCHER, B.S. University of Iowa 1982; M.S. University of Colorado Health Sciences 1995; Assistant Professor of Nursing 2013.
MARY ANNE PURTZER,
B.S.N. University of Nebraska 1975; M.A. University of Wyoming 2002; M.S. 2005; Ph.D. 2007; Assistant Professor of Nursing 2008.
BARBARA ROBINSON, B.S.N. Creighton University 1978; M.S.N. University of Southern Mississippi 1984; M.B.A. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1990; Ph.D. University of Colorado Health Sciences Denver 2008; Assistant Professor of Nursing 2011.
JENIFER THOMAS, B.S. Colorado State University 1994; M.S. Avila University 2000; M.S. Colorado State University 2007; Ph.D. 2008; Assistant Professor of Nursing 2010.

Clinical Associate Professor

SUSAN H. STEINER, B.S.N. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1971; M.S. University of Wyoming 1988; Ph.D. 2001; Clinical Associate Professor 2009; Associate Dean of Nursing 2009.

Senior Lecturer

Holly Miller, Teresa Wolff

Associate Lecturers

Mary Sue Hager, Linda Johnson, Sherrie Rubio-Wallace, Candace Tull, Linda Williams

Assistant Lecturers

Cheri Bellamy, Penelope Caldwell, Carole Susan Christman, Elizabeth Goodwin, Marilyn Hall, Deborah Nemetz, Kimberly Raska, Candace Stidolph, Rachel Thomas, Ann Wislowski

Adjunct and Part-time Faculty

Anna Atkinson, Catherine Beck, Karen Benjamin, Karen Bowen, Linda Clamp, Connie Coleman, Nathan Eliason, Ann Enlow, Michael Enright, Dawn Ford, Mary Gills, Julian Good, Debra Hamilton, Barbara James, Melanie Kawulok, Paula Kihn, Cheryl Koski, Alicia LePard, Sue Lowe, Teri Lund, Gayle Martinchick, Jamie Mathews, Marcia Newell, Kristy Nielson, Jeanine Niemoller, Jennifer Painter, Shawn Petrini, Amy Rabon, Denise Sarz, Patty Sherard, Cheryl Smith, Deanne Sramek, Janice Stephens, Veronica Taylor, Lisa Thompson, Brenda Vance, Caitlin Vasquez, Holly Vause, Tracy Wasserburger, Mary Weber, Clarann Weinart, Robert Weinland, Wendy Wood, Cheryl Wrasper

Emeriti

Beverly Taheri-Kennedy, Beverly McDermott, Fay W. Whitney, Norma Wilkerson

The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) has well established undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduate and graduate curricula at the FWWSON are based upon our philosophy of nursing (as outlined on the nursing website) and specified professional documents. The Essentials documents for baccalaureate and master's programs from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing serve as the primary foundation.

Mission

As a leader in professional nursing, outreach, and rural health, the FWWSON educates, conducts research and provides service and practice for the purpose of improving, protecting and promoting 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 RN/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 licensing examination offered by the board. Graduates of the DNP Program are eligible to take the national certification exams as a nurse practitioner.

Physical Requirements

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

Background Checks Requirements

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 Certificate Program (post-master's), 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.

Cost of the Program

University fees, testing fees, and special supplies are paid for by nursing students. A variety of clinical facilities in and out of state are used in the application of knowledge. Responsibility for travel arrangements to the clinical areas rests with the student.

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.

Undergraduate Program Outcomes - BSN Program

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the arts and sciences in the practice of professional nursing.
  2. Demonstrate leadership by application of quality improvement processes in the provision of safe client care across the lifespan.
  3. Demonstrate evidence based practice in the care of clients, families, and communities.
  4. Manage data, information, and technology to inform and guide nursing practice.
  5. Engage in political and regulatory processes relevant to health care systems and the provision of safe care.
  6. Collaborate with the interprofessional team in the delivery of evidence-based client-centered care.
  7. Use health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction strategies in caring for clients, families, and communities.
  8. Demonstrate behaviors that reflect the nursing code of ethics, professional and legal standards, and the values of nursing as a caring profession.

Graduates receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and upon successful completion of the licensure examination, are eligible to practice as registered nurses. Completion of the baccalaureate degree is a requirement for admission to graduate study leading to advanced nursing practice.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Scholastic Requirements

University and College of Health Sciences policies governing scholastic requirements, including 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: a 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 & 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 & 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.

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. RN/BSN Completion - an online BSN completion option for the registered nurse who wishes 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

Students who meet university requirements are admitted to the university. Graduates of fully accredited high schools may declare the pre-nursing component of the Basic BSN option (declared NURS major) with a minimum math placement score of 3 or an ACT math score of 23. For students who do not meet these requirements, it is suggested that they major in general undeclared so that they will receive more appropriate advising for their situation through the Center for Advising and Career Services until they meet requirements. A general undeclared student will still be able to work toward becoming a pre-nursing major, but their progression through the pre-nursing curriculum may be delayed a minimum of one year until the student has successfully completed College Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry. Students seeking to transfer into the pre-nursing component must have a minimum nursing grade point average (NGPA) of 2.75 calculated on all prerequisite courses; however, this does not guarantee progression to the nursing major component. Further acceptance into the pre-nursing component of the Basic BSN option will also be based on evaluation of acdemic work with consideration of the School of Nursing BSN Program Scholastic Requirements.

Students typically apply for admission to the nursing major component in the spring of their sophomore year (spring in which completing their final prerequisite courses). Complete application packets to the nursing major component of this option must be received by the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing no later than February 1 for fall admission (postmarks do not meet the application deadline). Students applying for admission to the nursing major must be certified as a nursing assistant (CNA). (LPN licensure will also satisfy this requirement). Verification of active certification/licensure is required by application deadline. An application without evidence of current CNA certification will not be considered. The number of students admitted to the nursing major is limited. Admission is a competitive process and applicants meeting minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the major.

Criteria for admission to the nursing major component of the Basic BSN option as well as application materials can be found on the nursing website, http://www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Programs; Basic BSN; Admission Criteria/Application to the Major).

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, KIN/ZOO 3115 (Human Systems Physiology), PHCY 4450 (Pathophysiology), and PHCY 4470 (Pharmacology), must be upper division (3000/4000 level). Lower division/Community College 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.

Basic BSN Program of Study

(Active CNA certification required for application/admission to Nursing Major Component; verification required by application deadline.)

Pre-Nursing - Prerequisite Courses (Courses required for admission to the nursing major component; verification required by application deadline.)

Hours

ENGL 1010 (WA)

3

Approved (WB) course (recommend taking a WB/CH course)

3

MATH 1400 (QA)

3

STAT 2050, or 2070 (QB)

4

LIFE 1010  (SB)

4

CHEM 1000 or CHEM 1020 (SP)

4

KIN/ZOO 2040 (SB)

3

KIN/ZOO 2041 (SB)

1

KIN/ZOO 3115

4

PHCY 4450

4

MICR/MOLB 2240

5

SOC 1000 or ANTH 1200 (CS/G)

3

PSYC 1000 (CS)

4

FCSC 1140 or 1141

2-3

NURS 2340

3

Total Hours

49-50

Required USP/Graduation Courses - (Additional USP and FWWSON course requirements needed for graduation. Unless otherwise noted, these requirements may not be met with any of our specified prerequisite, requisite, and/or nursing major component courses. Recommend completing prior to admission to the nursing major component, but must be completed by graduation.)

Hours

NURS 1000 (I/L)

1

Approved CA course

3

Approved CH course (if not met by WB/CH course)

3

Approved G course (if not met by ANTH 1200)

3

COJO 1010 (O)

3

PEAC 1001 (P)

1

Approved V course

3

Total Hours

10-17


Nursing Major Component

(Nursing application/fee required)
NOTE: Once admitted to the nursing major component of the Basic BSN option, 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.

Junior Year: Fall

Hours

NURS 3125

3

NURS 3140

3

NURS 3440

3

NURS 3475

4

PHCY 4470

4

Total Hours

17

Junior Year: Spring

Hours

NURS 3020

2

NURS 3840

3

NURS 3842

3

NURS 3844

3

NURS 3875

4

Total Hours

16

Senior Year: Fall

Hours

NURS 4125 (L/WC)

3

NURS 4440

3

NURS 4442

3

NURS 4475

4

Total Hours

16

Senior Year: Spring

Hours

NURS 4250

3

NURS 4875

12

Total Hours

15

Nursing Major Component - Total Hrs 63
Minimum Hours Required for the 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.

Working with the Outreach School, nursing theory and supporting courses are offered using a combination of online courses, hybrid courses with periodic intensive on-campus experiences, and the Outreach School's technology. 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 must be admitted to the university by the application deadline (declared NUBR major). Complete application packets to BRAND must be received by the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing no later than November 1 for summer admission. 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 materials can be found on the nursing website, http://www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Programs; BRAND; Admission Criteria/Application).

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

BRAND Program of Study

Prerequisite Courses (Courses required for admission to the nursing major component.)

Hours

KIN/ZOO 2040

3

KIN/ZOO 2041

1

KIN/ZOO 3115

1

PHCY 4450

4

MICR/MOLB 2240

5

PSYC 1000

3

FCSC 1140 or 1141

2-3

Total Hours

22-23

(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

3

NURS 3730

2

NURS 3750

3

PHCY 4470

4

Total Hours

12

Fall

Hours

NURS 3770

6

NURS 3771

6

NURS 3780

4

Total Hours

16

Spring

Hours

NURS 4710

3

NURS 4735

3

NURS 4736

3

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.)

RN/BSN Completion

This option is for the associate degree or diploma in nursing level registered nurse or the Wyoming associate degree nursing student who wishes to become a baccalaureate prepared nurse. Nursing theory courses are offered online. No on-campus time is required.

Admission

Students who meet university requirements are admitted to the university (declared NUBS major) in the pre-nursing component of the RN/BSN Completion. Students are designated as pre-nursing until they have completed the RN/BSN application process and are formally admitted into the School of Nursing. Acceptance into the RN/BSN Completion is also based on evaluation of students' academic work with consideration of the School of Nursing BSN Program Scholastic Requirements.

The opportunity exists for students who are currently enrolled in a Wyoming associate degree nursing program to pursue dual admission to the RN/BSN Completion.

Complete application packets to the nursing major component of this option must be received by the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing no later than February 1 for fall admission or September 1 for spring admission. Students applying for admission to the nursing major component must have an active unencumbered RN license (current documentation must be on file with the School of Nursing throughout participation in the RN/BSN Completion). Verification of active unencumbered RN licensure is required by application deadline. USP courses required for admission to nursing major component are Quantitative Reasoning 1 (QA), Writing 1 (WA), and Writing 2 (WB). The number of students admitted to RN/BSN Completion may be limited based on School of Nursing resources. Applicants meeting minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the major.

Criteria for admission to the nursing major component of the RN/BSN Completion as well as application materials can be found on the nursing website, http://www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Programs; RN/BSN Completion; Admission Requirements/Application).

Curriculum

The minimum requirement to graduate with a BSN is 120 semester hours of credit. It is important for students to be aware of course prerequisites for individual nursing courses and to be in regular contact with a nursing adviser. Evaluation of transfer courses is required to determine credit eligibility.

The required courses, KIN/ZOO 3115 (Human Systems Physiology) may be substituted with lower division/Community College level Human Physiology courses.

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

RN/BSN Completion Program of Study

(Documentation of a current active unencumbered RN license must be on file with the School of Nursing throughout participation in the program)

 

Pre-Nursing Component
Required USP Courses for Admission Hours

(The following are USP degree requirements needed for formal FWWSON admission that may be met with transfer coursework. Grades of C or better are required.)

Effective with Fall 2015 admissions, the program will require MATH 1400.

Approved (QA) Course 3
Approved (WA) course 3
Approved (WB) course 3
Total Hours 9

Required Prerequisite Courses for PHCY 4450
(In addition to KIN/ZOO 2040/2041 and 3115, the following courses are required prerequisites for taking PHCY 4450. They may be met with transfer coursework. Grades of C or better are required with one exception: a grade of B or better is required in CHEM 1000.)

LIFE 1010 4
CHEM 1000 or 1020 4
Total Hours 8
Core Courses (Students are encouraged to complete these courses before taking courses in the nursing major component.)

Hours

STAT 2050 or 2070 (QB)

4

PSYC 1000 (CS)

3

ANTH 1200 (CS/G) or SOC 1000 (CS) or 1100 (I/L)

3

KIN/ZOO 2040 (SB)

3

KIN/ZOO 2041 (SB)

1

KIN/ZOO 3115

4

Approved MICR course

4

PHCY 4450

4

PHCY 4470

4

NURS 3005 (pending approval) 1
NURS 3015

3

Total Hours

34

Required USP Courses for Graduation

(USP degree requirements needed for graduation that may be met with transfer coursework. Unless otherwise noted, these requirements may not be met with any of our specified core and/or nursing major component courses.)

Courses

Hours

Approved (CA) course

3

Approved (CH) course

3

Approved (G) course (if not met by ANTH 1200)

3

Approved (O) course

3

Approved (S, SB, SP, SE) course (if not met by LIFE 1010 or CHEM 1000/1020)

3-4

Approved (V) course

3

Total Hours

19

Nursing Major Component

(22 credits)
(Students must be formally admitted to the nursing major component to take these courses.)

Courses

Hours

NURS 3020 (D)

3

NURS 3045

3

NURS 3630 (P)

4

NURS 4055 (L)

3

NURS 4255 (WC)

3

NURS 4355

3

NURS 4985

3

Total Hours

22

Escrow Courses

(Credits are automatically posted to the student's UW transcript based on completion of NURS 3630, documentation of RN licensure and transcript verifying graduation from an associate degree or diploma nursing program. These credits represent credit for nursing content learned in the associate degree or diploma in nursing program.)

Courses

Hours

NURS 3440

3

NURS 3475

4

NURS 3840

3

NURS 3842

3

NURS 3844

3

NuRS 3875

4

NURS 4442

4

Total Hours

24

Minimum Hours Required for the Degree

120

(Residency Requirement: A minimum of 30 upper-division hours must be completed through UW.)
(Note: Course requirements/expectations are subject to change. Maintain contact with FWWSON for current expectations.)

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. The program option for the MS degree is Nurse Educator (NE). The program options for the DNP are Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH).

An 18 hour Certificate program is available for RNs who have a master's degree in nursing who wish to become a Nurse Educator (NSED).

Master of Science (MS) Program

Nurse Educator (NE/NSED)

The Nurse Educator option prepares graduates to teach in undergraduate nursing education programs and in health care continuing education settings. The graduate meets the Wyoming State Board of Nursing's minimum educational requirements for teaching in a State of Wyoming approved nursing program.

Graduate Program Outcomes - MS Program

The outcomes of the graduate program are to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge for the practice of evidence-based nursing and nursing education.
  2. Effect change to improve health and health care in rural communities.

Admission

Complete application materials must be received by the University of Wyoming no later than February 1 to be considered for fall admission (NE option). (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. Applications completed after the specified deadline will be held and reviewed for the next admission consideration. 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 MS program in the School of Nursing.

RNs with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree - for the student whose ultimate educational goal is to earn a master's degree in nursing, it is not required that a baccalaureate degree in nursing be earned prior to applying to the graduate program (Note: preference will be given to the BSN-prepared student). There are two required bridge courses (NURS 3015 and NURS 3020) that must be completed prior to beginning nursing graduate coursework. There is no guarantee of admission upon completion of these courses.  The bachelor's degree must be from an accredited - Council for Higher Education or equivalent - institution; the nursing degree must be from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program.

Criteria for admission as well as application instruction can be found on the nursing website, http://www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Programs; Master of Science - Nurse Educator - MS; Admission Criteria/Application).

All newly admitted students to the Nurse Educator program are required to come to campus for a fall orientation.

Curriculum

The graduate curriculum consists of five core courses which provide a foundation of advanced knowledge for rural nursing. In addition to the core courses, a group of specialty courses are required for the NE/NSED options as identified in the program of study below. Students earning the MS degree will complete a capstone project which is integrated into the teaching practicum.

NE Program of Study

(Total Credits: 36)

Core Courses

Courses

Hours

NURS 5010

3

NURS 5025

3

NURS 5026

3

NURS 5060

3

NURS 5505

3

Total Hours

15

Educator Specialty Courses

Courses

Hours

NURS 5280

3

NURS 5285

3

NURS 5290

3

NURS 5395

3

ADED 5050

3

ITEC 5160

3

Total Hours

18

Electives (3 credit minimum)

Select one 3-credit (minimum) course which would supplement your need or interest (or meet your state's requirements). Courses in Adult Education & Technology are recommended.

Certificate Program (post-master's) (NSED) Requirements:

Educator Specialty Courses

NURS 5280, 5285, 5290, and 5395; ADED 5050; ITEC 5160

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

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships 

Assistantships are available in the School of Nursing involving duties such as clinical teaching, online teaching, and/or research functions. Assistantships include tuition and fee reductions for all or part of the tuition costs, and a monthly stipend. Incidental students fees are usually the student's responsibility. Student Health Insurance is part of the fee structure paid for by the department. Students should contact the department at the time of application to inquire about the availability of an assistantship. All assistantship applications should be received by April 1. Notification will be made by May 1.

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 options: 1) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and 2) Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH). Existing FNPs and FPMHNPs or adult PMHNPs may apply to the DNP program to receive the degree alone without declaring another clinical option (FNP or PMH). Existing FNPs, FPMHNPs, or adult PMHNPs who are not seeking additional certification as an FNP or PMH must show proof of current national NP certification from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Admission

Complete application materials for the DNP Program must be received by the University of Wyoming no later than Febrary 1 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. Applications completed after the specified deadline will be held and reviewed for the next admission consideration. 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, http://www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Programs; DNP; Admission Criteria and 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 both the FNP and PMH options are currently under development. Drafts of the FNP and PMH curricula can be found on the nursing website: http://www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Programs; DNP). Finalized curricula for the FNP and PMH options will also be posted to this website. All DNP students, regardless of specialty option will take a set of core courses. In addition to the core courses a group of specialty courses are required for each NP option. Students earning the DNP degree will need to take and pass a preliminary exam at the end of their first year of study in order to continue in the program. Students will also complete a final scholarly project which is integrated into the FNP and PMH curricula.

Working with the Outreach School, 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 coursework will be arranged at health care facilities in Wyoming, north central Colorado, or southern Montana.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The FNP option 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 (PMH)

The PMH option 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.

Nursing (NURS) Courses

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