Nurses provide care to patients and are the backbone of the healthcare profession. The Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) offers an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Certificate in Practical Nursing at both Sheridan College and in Gillette, Wyo. Upon successful completion of our Associate Degree in Nursing Program, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
As a student, you will receive hands-on training in our advanced, high-tech simulation centers and complete extensive clinical training at healthcare facilities around the region.
Through our partnership with the University of Wyoming, you also have the option to take courses toward your Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and have access to individual advising sessions with a trained RN/BSN Completion Advisor.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Northern Wyoming Community College District located in Sheridan, Wyoming and Gillette, Wyoming is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326.
The most recent accreditation decision (Spring 2019) made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the NWCCD Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.
Wyoming State Board of Nursing
130 Hobbs Avenue, Suite B
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
Potential Limits to Receiving Licensure
Only graduates of state board-approved nursing programs are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). A passing score must be achieved to earn the legal title of Registered Nurse. There are a number of reasons that the Wyoming State Board of Nursing may deny, revoke, limit, or suspend a nursing license. The Board protects the public by screening candidates for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe nurses. The law provides for denial of licensure for acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, duties, or abilities. The complete regulation (33-21-146) taken from The Nurse Practice Act may be viewed at http://nursing.state.wy.us.
Applicants to the nursing program must be accepted to NWCCD and submit official transcripts (including High School or HSEC) to the Records office. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the nursing program; application to the nursing program is a separate process.
Prerequisites may be taken at any accredited college or university. They must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites include:
- ENGL 1010: English I – 3 credits
- MATH 1400 Pre-Calc Algebra or Equivalent: MATH 1405, 1450, 2200, 2205, 2210
- BIOL 1010 General Biology I – 4 credits
- ZOO 2010: Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab – 4 credits
A minimum college GPA of 2.5 is required. All completed courses applicable to the Associate Degree in Nursing will be used to compute GPA, including pre-requisites and co-requisites. All courses must be completed with a grade C or higher.
HESI A2 Exam
Applicants must take the HESI A2 Exam as part of the nursing program application process. The assessment must be taken prior to the March 1 application deadline and an individual total score of 75% or higher must be achieved. The HESI A2 may be repeated once (must wait 15 days between tests) between March 1 to March 1 for score improvement. Only passing scores achieved by the March 1 application deadline in the current admission cycle will be considered. The highest of the two scores will be used.
The nursing application must be submitted prior to the March 1 deadline for consideration for admission to the program in the fall semester. No late applications will be accepted.
Nursing program applicants must first be accepted as students at NWCCD. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the nursing program; application to the nursing program is a separate process.
Submit the following completed application to the Nursing Office at Sheridan College or the office in Gillette. Applicants are notified of decisions by early April.
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 full instructions from the nursing office for fulfilling the requirements. These must be completed and submitted to the nursing office by a date to be determined in the current admission cycle. Full admission is contingent upon completion of Tier III requirements. Failure to complete the requirements by the assigned due dates will result in a rescinded admission offer.
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.
ReNEW Nursing Curriculum
This four-semester program (after completion of the necessary prerequisites and acceptance into the program) is part of the statewide nursing curriculum Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming (ReNEW) which is designed as a baccalaureate curriculum with an ADN benchmark allowing students to sit for the NCLEX-RN (licensure exam) at the completion of the fourth semester. This curriculum allows students to complete an Associate Degree in Nursing, gain RN licensure and employment, and then transition seamlessly into the University of Wyoming for their senior year and complete a bachelor’s degree.
The curriculum includes a balance of general education and nursing courses that assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills to function as beginning practitioners of nursing. Students receive classroom instruction and coordinated clinical experience in the nursing care of patients in health care settings under the supervision and guidance of the nursing faculty. Clinical sites are in a variety of settings and travel may be required.
Along with traditional program instruction, NWCCD offers simulated clinical experiences. These enhance each student’s knowledge and allow practice of clinical responsibilities in a safe environment. NWCCD has dedicated simulation space in form of classrooms and an area for patient care.
The nursing curriculum is a leveled educational program to facilitate career mobility. The first two semesters provide a foundation for progression in the field of nursing and prepare the student to enter the second level of the nursing curriculum. At this point, after completion of the prerequisites and the first two semesters of the program, a student may choose to take the optional Practical Nursing Roles course which will give them the ability to earn a certificate and provide eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) and attain licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Upon completion of the 2-year program, the graduate earns an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and attain licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Students are encouraged to contact the Nursing department directly for program-specific questions. Current Nursing students should refer to the respective catalog in which they began the Nursing program. Admission to the NWCCD Nursing Program is competitive and students must be in satisfactory academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for the nursing curriculum.
Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming (ReNEW) Common Statement
More and more nurses are completing their baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) in order to enhance their employment opportunities, facilitate career advancement and/or prepare for graduate education.
ReNEW is a shared statewide curriculum providing a streamlined bridge from the associate degree in nursing to the BSN.
- The ReNEW program plan is a four-year, eight semester baccalaureate curriculum.
- You can start at one of the Wyoming community colleges and be dually enrolled at the University of Wyoming.
- Upon successful completion of the five-semester ADN benchmark, you are awarded an associate degree in nursing. Upon completion of the eight semesters, the BSN degree is awarded.
- The courses/clinical experiences needed to complete the BSN in year four are available through the university online so you do not have to leave home.
- NWCCD began the ReNEW curriculum August 2018.
Accepted nursing students are eligible for general and private donor nursing scholarships, provided they meet stated criteria.
Accepted students to the nursing program will be notified and offered an opportunity to apply for private donor nursing scholarships each year. General scholarship opportunities must be pursued with the NWCCD Financial Aid Department.
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Median pay for nurses is over $65,000 per year and job growth is an impressive 19% a year, far faster than average. By 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the U.S. alone will need 438,100 more nurses than were employed in 2016. Our aging population, continuous technological advancements, and diversity of career options within the nursing profession make it an incredibly fulfilling and secure career. Nurses have terrific opportunities for promotion and can work at locations around the country and the world.
Careers and Opportunities
Our Nursing students land gratifying careers as:
- Emergency Room Nurses
- Obstetrics / Gynecology Nurses
- Pediatric Nurses
- Long-term Care Nurses
- Home Health Nurses
- Oncology Nurses
- Public Health Nurses
- Occupational Health Nurses
- Head Nurse / Nurse Supervisor
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nurse Midwives