Acceptance to the program is competitive and applicants are evaluated based on a three-tier system as follows:
Tier I: Application Evaluation and Ranking
Applicants are evaluated using a point system. Points are earned in the following two areas:
- Prerequisite points: points are awarded for the letter grades earned in the prerequisite classes as follows: A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points.
- HESI A2 individual total score: a score of 75% or higher must be achieved for program admission eligibility.
- Total prerequisite points are added to HESI A2 cumulative total score. The final number determines overall ranking. The highest-ranking students are offered a seat in the program until the cohort is filled.
Tier II: Seat Deposit and Conditional Acceptance
Once offered a seat, students must return the Acceptance or Declination Form indicating their intention. If accepting, a $250.00 non-refundable deposit to hold the seat in the program is required. The deposit is applied to the student account after school begins (subject to the Business Office’s schedule).
Tier III: Post Selection Requirements
Applicants who have conditionally accepted a position in the class will receive specific instructions from the nursing office for fulfilling the following requirements. These must be completed and submitted to the nursing office by the assigned due date in the current admission cycle:
- Acceptable criminal background check from the designated vendor
- Negative drug screen from a designated vendor
- Health examination from personal health care provider
- Required immunization records
- American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider Certification
- IF APPLICABLE: Complete outstanding, concurrently enrolled prerequisite course with a C or higher and submit official transcript to NWCCD by May 31.
Full admission is contingent upon completion of Tier III requirements. Failure to complete the above requirements by the assigned due dates will result in a rescinded admission offer and loss of seat deposit.
Applicants with questions or concerns regarding future licensure based on results of the criminal background check or drug screen should contact the Wyoming State Board of Nursing at 307-777-7601. Admission to the nursing program is not a guarantee of professional licensure.
All applicants are notified of acceptance decisions approximately 3-5 weeks after the March 1 application deadline and will either receive a letter or email of acceptance, an offer for placement on the alternate list, or non-acceptance. An alternate list is maintained in the event an applicant declines acceptance. Students placed on the alternate list will be notified in the order of their ranking should an opening occur in the current admission cycle.
Students who are not accepted to the program, but are interested in re-applying, must complete the nursing admission application prior to the March 1 deadline for the next admission cycle, submit current HESI A2 scores, and official college transcripts reflecting coursework completed since the last application, if applicable.