Wyoming is a beautiful state with gorgeous landscapes such as the Eastern Rocky Mountains and the High Plains. It is one of our country’s largest states in terms of size, but it only has a very small population. Because it is so sparse, nursing opportunities tend to be for those interested in rural communities. However, if you would prefer working in a larger city, you could choose to go to Cheyenne, which is the state capital and its largest city.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, just under 5,000 people work as registered nurses in Wyoming at present. Their average annual salary stands at $60,690. In order to be able to seek employment as a registered nurse, one must pass the NCLEX-RN examination. There is a significant shortage of nurses in the state at the present time, which means there are good job prospects. Additionally, there has been an amendment to the Wyoming Investment in Nursing program in order to address this shortage. Interestingly, it seems the state has a strong focus on true entry level positions and on those with higher education degrees. As such, there are many schools that offer an associate’s degree in nursing, as well as many that offer master’s programs and even doctorate degrees. However, only very few schools offer a bachelor of science in nursing program. In fact, there are currently only two schools that have these types of programs on offer.
If you are considering studying towards your BSN degree in Wyoming, it is recommended that you contact the two schools below to review their offerings. As there are not many options out there, you may also want to consider going slightly further afield and perhaps studying just across the state border. One final option is to enroll in a distance learning or online program that can be accessed nationally.
1 – University of Wyoming – Fay W. Whitnes School of Nursing
The University of Wyoming is home to the Fay W. Whitnes School of Nursing. Here, students can obtain all the skills and knowledge they require in order to become the best of the best in the health care industry. The school has many different nursing programs available, as well as many different degree types. At the bachelor’s level, the school offers a direct BSN track for those who are new to studying, as well as an RN to BSN track, for those who already are registered nurses, usually because they already hold an associate’s degree. Finally, they offer an innovative accelerated BSN track, which has been designed for those people who already have a bachelor’s degree but in a non-nursing related field.
- Campus: Laramie, WY
- Type: Public
- Accreditation: CCNE
- Tuition: $4,645 per year for residents and $14,875 for non residents
- Minimum time commitment: Four years for BSN, two years for RN to BSN, 12 months for Accelerated BSN
- Online availability: No
- Degree requirements: High school or GED, RN license for RN to BSN, Bachelor’s Degree for Accelerated track
- Programs: BSN, RN to BSN, Accelerated BSN
- School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid
CollegeAmerica is always at the forefront of research in the labor market. As such, when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics mentioned that some 3.3 million new jobs would become available in the field of nursing by 2020, they immediately developed a program to offer more nursing degrees. CollegeAmerica has designed their curriculum to make sure students are able to enjoy better career prospects and better salaries.
The programs are designed to ensure students are already able to study towards further specialization. Some of these include health care administration, case management, community nursing, clinical education, and more. Most other schools offer BSN programs that are far more generalized in nature, with a few optional courses in a specialization. CollegeAmerica, however, expects that their students will go on to further their education at the master’s level, at which point they must choose a specialization. Additionally, they feel that delivering a specialized curriculum will deliver a workforce that is far better able to serve the communities in which they work, be that in Wyoming or in any other state.
- Campus: Cheyenne, WY
- Type: Private
- Accreditation: ACCSC
- Tuition: Varies depending on circumstances, financial aid is available
- Minimum time commitment: 20 months
- Online availability: Yes
- Degree requirements: High school or GED, RN for RN to BSN, Bachelor’s Degree for accelerated program
- Programs: BSN, BSN Administration, BSN Administration with clinical nurse educator, community health nurse, nurse case manager or nursing informatics emphasis
- School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid