According to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing, there are currently over 9,000 professionals with an RN license working in the state. However, this is not likely to be enough to meet the demand for nurses in Wyoming in the coming years. With the number of elderly people (age 65 and over) rapidly increasing, healthcare facilities are concerned that a nursing shortage may impact their ability to deliver quality care.

In order to help remedy this problem so that hospitals, nursing homes and doctors’ offices have the nurses they need, many colleges offer part-time or fully online nursing degree programs that can allow students to continue to work their full-time jobs. Concerned Wyomans outside of the nursing profession are also contributing to the cause.

Continue reading to find out information about nursing schools in Wyoming, as well as what is required to obtain and maintain a license in the state. In addition, this page details professional associations that nurses can join, and some of the biggest hospitals in Wyoming that may hire them.

Best Nursing Schools in Wyoming

Wyoming Badge ImageWhether those interested in a nursing program are training for an entry-level position or furthering their education to move up in their careers, they need to get the facts about what’s available in order to make an informed decision. There are 7 nursing schools in Wyoming, so in order to help people make this important choice, we have compiled the following lists of the best undergraduate and graduate programs around the state based on data collected by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Continue reading to review our lists and find out more information on the methodology we used to create them.

Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,256
Undergraduate graduation rate
45%
Undergraduate retention rate
55%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
87%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$3,096
Undergraduate graduation rate
58%
Undergraduate retention rate
78%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
95%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$2,256
Undergraduate graduation rate
39%
Undergraduate retention rate
62%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
93%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$2,256
Undergraduate graduation rate
33%
Undergraduate retention rate
59%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
92%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$2,256
Undergraduate graduation rate
35%
Undergraduate retention rate
63%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
91%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$2,256
Undergraduate graduation rate
27%
Undergraduate retention rate
60%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
96%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$2,256
Undergraduate graduation rate
45%
Undergraduate retention rate
65%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
91%
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
0
Graduate Tuition
$14,500
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0

Nursing Accreditation in Wyoming

No matter what prospective nursing students are looking for in a nursing school in Wyoming, they should consider one important factor as they make their choice: accreditation. When schools go through the accreditation process, it can indicate that the nursing program of that school can provide the preparation students need to earn a license and a job after graduation. The following are some of the accrediting organizations that certify Wyoming’s nursing programs:

  • Wyoming State Board of Nursing
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Wyoming Nursing Licensure

In Wyoming, registered nurses are required to pass the NCLEX-RN after they earn their nursing degree in order to obtain a state license. In addition, these professionals must submit fingerprints for a background check and pay an application fee in order to earn their credential. Similarly, those who want to get licensed as an LPN should successfully complete the NCLEX-PN examination, pay an application fee and submit fingerprint cards.

More information about nursing licensure in Wyoming can be found on the state’s Board of Nursing website.

Wyoming Nursing organizations

The nursing profession is continuously changing, so in order to keep abreast of developments — as well as build relationships with colleagues from around the state — it’s a great idea to participate in Wyoming nursing organizations. The following are some examples of these associations and the benefits they can offer their members.

  • Wyoming Nurses Association

    The Wyoming Nurses Association, which is the state chapter of the American Nurses Association, helps to shape the field by providing advocacy services and resources. Members can participate in networking events, take advantage of continuing education opportunities and receive discounts on different types of insurance, such as health, automobile and life insurance.

  • Wyoming Council for Advanced Practice Nursing

    The WCAPN is dedicated to meeting the needs of the state’s hundreds of nurse practitioners. In order to do this, the organization offers numerous educational opportunities, including seminars, workshops and continuing education courses. In addition, the Wyoming Council for Advanced Practice Nursing conducts an annual conference, releases legislative and public policy information, and produces news publications and a membership directory.

  • Student Nurses Association

    The University of Wyoming’s Student Nurses Association offers support for future nurses as they prepare for their careers. Members receive leadership training, attend regular meetings and participate in volunteer activities. In addition, the organization allows students to get to know each other outside of the classroom through activities such as potlucks, movie nights and ice cream socials.

  • Wyoming – AANP

    The regional chapter of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, which includes Wyoming and five other states, allows members to track pertinent industry legislation in the state and connect with colleagues. In addition, members receive national association benefits, including continuing education classes, advocacy services, discounts on liability and health insurance and networking opportunities

Wyoming-Specific Continuing Education

In Wyoming, nurses who work full-time are not required to complete continuing education classes to keep their licenses current, while part-time nurses must complete 20 hours of this training. Whether or not nurses are expected to participate in these courses, they may still benefit from taking them because continuing education can sharpen their existing skills and teach new ones. Some of the continuing education available to nurses in the state includes courses in rural nursing care, herbal medications, pain management and immunizations

Hospitals in Wyoming

In addition to creating training opportunities for nurses as they learn the realities of the job, hospitals in Wyoming are also a great source of career prospects after students graduate. The following is information about the three larger hospitals in Wyoming.

  • Campbell County Memorial Hospital (Gillette) : In 1953, Campbell County Memorial Hospital opened with 31 beds and a vision of offering quality care to patients that is safe and compassionate. In 2019, the 90-bed facility of Campbell offers a wide array of services, including behavioral health, pulmonary rehabilitation, dialysis and cancer treatments. Those who needassistance with minor illnesses or injuries can benefit from the hospital’s walk-in clinic, which is open 365 days a year.
  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (Cheyenne) : Cheyenne Regional Medical Center began as a frontier “tent” hospital in 1867 that helped treat injured workers who were employed on the transcontinental Union Pacific Railroad. It has since expanded to offer services for those who need cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedic, trauma, urology and behavioral health treatments. The facility has been ranked among the top in the country by Healthgrades for its cardiology services, as well as its pneumonia, sepsis, respiratory failure and hip fracture treatments.
  • Wyoming Medical Center (Casper) : Guided by the core values of community, compassion, innovation and financial stewardship for the last century, Wyoming Medical Center offers intensive care, emergency, maternity, pediatric and surgical services. The facility has won quality awards from the American College of Cardiology, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the American Association for Respiratory Care.
Sources & Methodology

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we gathered data for 6,758 United States institutions. We then filtered that list of schools by state and analyzed the data for each state with two different methodologies, in order to create two different lists: our undergraduate list, based on 11 ranking criteria, and our graduate list, based on 9 ranking criteria.

Final data for the 2016-17 school year was used for these rankings. Schools that did not provide data for all of the required ranking criteria were disqualified from that ranking.

The 11 criteria for the undergraduate school ranking were as follows:

  1. Number of associate- and bachelor’s-level degree programs offered to nursing-related majors
  2. Number of associate- and bachelor’s-level nursing-related degree programs offered via distance education
  3. Variety of associate- and bachelor’s-level nursing-related degree programs offered
  4. Tuition
  5. Retention rate
  6. Graduation rate
  7. Average amount of federal grant aid awarded to full-time first-time undergraduates
  8. Percent of full-time first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
  9. Credit offerings (Military, Dual, Life Experience, AP)
  10. Services (Career Counseling, Placement Services)
  11. Availability of tuition plans (Guaranteed, Prepaid, Payment, Other)

The graduate school ranking scored schools based on 9 criteria, different from the undergraduate list. These 9 criteria were as follows:

  1. Number of master’s- and doctoral-level degree programs offered to nursing-related majors
  2. Number of master’s- and doctoral-level nursing-related degree programs offered via distance education
  3. Variety of master’s- and doctoral-level nursing-related degree programs offered
  4. Tuition
  5. Retention rate
  6. Graduation rate
  7. Credit offerings (Military, Dual, Life Experience, AP)
  8. Services (Career Counseling, Placement Services)
  9. Availability of tuition plans (Guaranteed, Prepaid, Payment, Other)

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

 

Sources

  • AANP Member Benefits, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Accessed October 2019, https://www.aanp.org/membership/member-benefits
  • AANP Regional Directors and State Representatives, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Accessed October 2019, https://www.aanp.org/about/about-the-american-association-of-nurse-practitioners-aanp/your-aanp-region/regional-directors-and-state-representatives
  • About, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Accessed October 2019, https://www.cheyenneregional.org/about-us/
  • About, Wyoming Council for Advanced Practice Nursing, Accessed October 2019, http://www.wcapn.org/About
  • About Us, Campbell County Health, Accessed October 2019, https://www.cchwyo.org/About_Us.aspx
  • About the Cheyenne Regional Health System, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Accessed October 2019, http://www.cheyenneregional.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Tip-Sheet-Highlights.pdf
  • About Us, Wyoming Nurses Association, Accessed October 2019, https://wyonurse.nursingnetwork.com/page/82971-about-us
  • Accreditation – Nursing, University of Wyoming, Accessed October 2019, http://www.uwyo.edu/nursing/about-our-school/accreditation.html
  • Accreditation – LCCC, Laramie County Community College, Accessed October 2019, http://lccc.wy.edu/about/accreditation/index.aspx
  • American Hospital Directory, Accessed October 2019, https://www.ahd.com/

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