Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Few professions offer a rewarding combination of high tech and high touch like a career in nursing. Careers in this field are more in demand than ever before and are extremely versatile. The program at CWC is designed to optimally prepare graduates for a career as a registered nurse, and to practice in the complex and constantly evolving healthcare environment of today. The curriculum has been planned so our ADN graduates can sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and enter professional practice while continuing on a streamlined pathway to an optional baccalaureate degree in nursing. Experienced nursing faculty members emphasize hands-on, team-based, active learning with multiple patient care opportunities in a sophisticated simulation laboratory and at our partnering clinical agencies. We maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio, thereby helping to ensure our students receive a personalized education.
The Central Wyoming College Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
A minimum college grade point average of 2.75 is required. GPA is calculated using only courses required for the ADN degree in nursing at CWC. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to entering the program. Students enrolled in prerequisite courses in the spring semester during the admission screening process may be offered conditional admission, but must demonstrate successful completion of required courses prior to the fall semester.
Prerequisites can be taken at CWC or any regionally accredited college or university and include:
- General Biology (4 credits)
- English I (3 credits)
- College Algebra (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
- UNST* (1 credit)
*Students who have a minimum of 12 credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA are exempt.
Students who wish to transfer college-level credit from other schools must make arrangements for official transcripts to be sent directly to the records office at CWC. The assistant director of nursing and registrar will review the transcripts and determine transfer credit eligibility. Evaluations may take several weeks to complete and results will be returned to the student in writing.
Applicants must take the TEAS as part of the nursing program application process. The assessment must be taken prior to the March 1 application deadline and an adjusted individual total score of 58.7% or higher must be achieved. The TEAS may be repeated once during the academic year to improve your score. Only passing scores achieved within two years of the March 1 application deadline in the current admission cycle will be considered.
Acceptance to the program is competitive and enrollment is controlled. Applicants are evaluated based on a two-tier system.
Tier I: Application Evaluation and Scoring
In Tier I, applicants are evaluated using a 100-point system. Points are earned in the following two areas:
- College grade point average. A minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA is required. GPA is calculated using all courses required for the ADN degree at CWC. All courses required for the degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in progress during the admission screening process are excluded from GPA calculation. GPA will not be rounded.
- TEAS adjusted individual total score. A score of 58.7% or higher must be achieved for program admission eligibility.
Total points are calculated using a weighted formula:
- GPA is converted to a percentage and is weighted 40%
- TEAS score is weighted 60%
- Both numbers are added to determine total points
Tier II: Post-Selection Requirements
Applicants offered a position in the class must meet the following requirements by May 31 in the current admission cycle:
- Cleared criminal background check from the designated vendor
- Required immunization records on file in the nursing office at the college
- Completion of prerequisite courses with a C or higher
Full admission is contingent upon completion of Tier II requirements. Students offered admission will receive full instructions from the nursing office for fulfilling these requirements. Failure to complete requirements by May 31 will result in a rescinded admission offer.
All applicants are notified of Nursing Admission Committee decisions approximately 4-6 weeks after the March 1 application deadline and will either receive a letter of acceptance, an offer for placement on the alternate list, or a letter of non-acceptance. An alternate list is maintained for each cohort in the event an applicant declines acceptance. Students placed on the alternate list will be notified should an opening occur in the current admission cycle.
An applicant who is notified of acceptance must return the acceptance reply form in order to reserve a position in the class. If an accepted applicant decides to withdraw their application, notification of withdrawal must be received by the nursing office. Failure to notify the nursing office of intent to withdraw application could affect future consideration for admission.
Students who are not accepted to the program but are interested in re-applying must submit the nursing admission application prior to the March 1 deadline each year and submit official college transcripts reflecting coursework completed since the last application, if applicable.
The nursing program application deadline is MARCH 1 of each year. Applications are accepted November 1 thru March 1 for fall admission in the current cycle. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of Central Wyoming College. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Application to the nursing program is a separate objective process.
Acceptance to the program is competitive and is based on evaluation of the student’s records. Each year 40 students are selected to enter the program. Students must designate whether they are applying to the program on the main campus in Riverton or at an outreach site in Jackson, Wyoming. The number of admissions is limited to faculty to student ratios and available clinical practice sites.
Clinical Health Records
Clinical health record requirements vary among clinical agencies and students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the respective agency. Students admitted to the program must provide official documentation of each of the requirements listed below prior to clinical placement. All requirements must remain in effect throughout enrollment in the program. A detailed checklist will be provided upon acceptance to the program.
- Criminal background check from the designated vendor
- Drug test
- BLS Healthcare Provider certification by American Heart Association
- Immunizations: TB skin test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, and seasonal influenza
The CWC nursing program is a 66-credit program of study leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing. All courses required for the degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
GENERAL EDUCATION DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
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Nursing Course Degree Requirements
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|Nursing Care of the Patient with Acute Illness||8|
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|Nursing Care of the Patient with Complex Illness||8|
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The course sequence plan is designed to help students with long-range schedule planning. These are guidelines and there may be alterations. Students should work with their advisor in planning their schedule.
Course Sequence Plan – Nursing, ADN Sequence 17-18
The on-campus nursing classroom is a state-of-the-art teaching space that is equipped and engineered for distance delivery by means of video conferencing technology allowing real time interaction with students and faculty at an outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming. All nursing courses have an online classroom to handle announcements, topic outlines, discussion boards, and other communication from the faculty. Student response systems allow for enhanced student participation during class and provide instructors with instant feedback related to student understanding of content.
Simulation and Skills Laboratories
The simulation and skills laboratories present a sophisticated and innovative learning environment in which students synthesize didactic and clinical knowledge as they transition into professional practice. The simulation lab is occupied by life size mannequins, from infant through adult, that simulate symptoms, diseases, and conditions that nurses are likely to see in a real patient care setting. The labs are fully furnished with supplies and equipment to create a more realistic hospital environment.
High-fidelity clinical simulations are integrated throughout the curriculum and used in conjunction with a variety of direct patient care experiences. Simulated learning experiences provide realistic and challenging scenarios to assist students in developing clinical judgment and decision-making skills. These scenarios allow students to respond to patient situations and learn correct interventions in a controlled environment, thereby decreasing risks inherent in practicing skills on live patients. A debriefing area allows for discussions and reflective learning following a simulated learning experience.
Direct Patient Care Clinical
Classroom instructors also teach in direct patient care clinical areas in local communities, which bridges classroom content with practical application in the clinical setting. Clinical rotations begin in the first semester of the program and continue throughout. Each core nursing course has a clinical component whereby students are placed in a clinical environment and engage in learning experiences in which they provide direct care to patients under the close supervision of a nursing professional. Our main objective is the careful selection of community agencies whose clinical opportunities meet the goals of the nursing program. The program offers students the advantage of a variety of clinical settings and nursing environments in which to complete the required clinical hours.
Most testing is done is a computer laboratory to resemble the style and format of the national licensing examination.
Students accepted to the program must be computer literate and have high speed Internet access. Students must also supply their own mobile device that is small enough to fit into the uniform pocket and capable of supporting the required products. The college uses Moodle as the course management system to deliver both hybrid and online course content.
Technology is integrated into the nursing curriculum in a variety of ways, including:
- downloadable mobile apps
- electronic medical records
- interface with the online classroom
Enrolled students are eligible for general and private donor nursing scholarships provided they meet stated criteria. In addition, Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WYIN) funding is available to assist with educational expenses for qualifying students.
Applicants to the nursing program are strongly encouraged to complete the scholarship application prior to the March 1 deadline. This is important in the event you are selected for entry into the program. The scholarship application can be completed online and is available between November 1 and March 1.
Check out CWC scholarships for more information.
Student Achievement Statistics
- National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for 2016 graduates: 89%
- Nursing program completion rate for 2016 graduates : 61%
- Job placement rate for 2016 graduates: 100%
- Average cumulative GPA for students entering the program in fall 2016: 3.57
- Average TEAS score for students entering the program in fall 2016: 80.6%
Additional Opportunities in the Field of Nursing
LPN to RN Completion
Opportunities exist for licensed practical nurses with current unencumbered licenses to enter the Associate Degree Nursing Program with advanced standing. Interested applicants should contact the assistant director of nursing.
- Applicants must have active certification as a licensed practical nurse.
- Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of CWC and the nursing program.
- Applicants are required to take the TEAS prior to March 1 for fall entry in the current admission cycle. A minimum adjusted individual total score of 58.7% must be achieved. The TEAS may be repeated once during the academic year to improve the score. Only passing scores achieved within two years of the application deadline in the current admission cycle are considered.
- Applicants are required to take the PN Comprehensive Predictor test prior to March 1 for fall entry in the current admission cycle and must score at or above the national mean of 68.4%.
- Applicants who achieve the required score on the PN Predictor are awarded a maximum of 16 credits in nursing from CWC.
- Successful completion of NURS 1400 (LPN Transition) will award 2 credits.
- The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to advanced placement in the third semester of the program:
- General Biology (4 credits)
- English I (3 credits)
- Math 1400 or higher (3 credits)
- Psychology (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (8 credits)
- LPN Transition course (2 credits)
- All remaining courses required for the ADN degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to graduation from the program, including:
- English II (Business Communications or Technical Writing may be substituted) (3 credits)
- American & Wyoming Government (3 credits)
- Applicants who wish to transfer college-level credit from other schools must make arrangements for official transcripts to be sent directly to the records office at CWC by March 1 for consideration for advanced placement in the fall semester of the current admission cycle.
- Advanced placement is at the discretion of the assistant director of nursing and faculty, and is dependent upon space available and adequate clinical resources.
What is a Nursing Assistant?
Nursing assistants, sometimes called nurse aides, are important members of the healthcare team. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an individual who has successfully completed a state board approved training program and has passed the national licensing examination.
As a nursing assistant, you will work under the supervision of nurses and other licensed medical professionals to provide direct care to patients in hospitals, clinics, long-term care centers, community health centers, and home health services. Responsibilities include maintaining patient hygiene, supporting doctors and nurses in medical procedures and technical treatments, patient charting, and explaining care instructions to patients. Nursing assistants provide individualized attention to patients and are the primary caregivers in meeting the day to day needs of patients. They play a significant role in relaying information about the condition of patients to other members of the healthcare team since they are the one having constant contact with patients.
Who Can Enroll?
The nursing assistant course at CWC is available to anyone 16 years of age or older. Becoming a nursing assistant could be a stepping stone for continuing your education and becoming a RN or seeking out other types of health care careers.
When is the Nursing Assistant Course Offered?
CWC offers the nursing assistant course during the summer session on the main campus; and in the fall spring, and summer semesters in Jackson. The course is not restricted to a semester length schedule, which makes course offerings more opportune. It doesn’t take long to become a nursing assistant and you will continue to learn once you find employment
How Do I Register?
For registration assistance, contact an academic advisor at 307-855-2270. You may also contact the nursing office at 307-855-2226 or the Jackson outreach office at 307-733-7425.
Most nursing assistant courses are four to six weeks in length and the cost is affordable. Some community agencies may offer assistance with the costs of completing a course. Additionally, some employers may either pay for your training or reimburse you upon successful completion. At times, the agency that provides clinical opportunities for nursing assistant students will offer employment to students who demonstrate ability.
Cost considerations include tuition and fees, textbooks and workbook, stethoscope, bandage scissors, uniform/scrubs, immunizations and laboratory work, background check, drug test, CPR card, and certification fees upon completion of the course.
You will attend a classroom learning environment prior to receiving hands-on patient care experience. The classroom and laboratory components comprise 40 hours. Additionally, there will be out-of-class assignments or homework requirements. The clinical component is 36 hours of actual patient care in a clinical agency where you will be under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.
Basic Life Support Certification
Students must successfully complete the BLS Healthcare Provider course by American Heart Association. This will be taught during class time. You will not be allowed to attend clinical without current BLS certification.
Immunizations and Lab Work
Immunization requirements vary among clinical agencies and the student is expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the respective agency. A copy of your records must be presented to the instructor prior to the first clinical date. Check with your instructor for exact requirements, which may include any or all of the following: TB skin test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, and influenza.
Background Check and Drug Test
Per clinical agency requirements, a criminal background check and drug test are required. Information regarding how these are obtained will be provided the first day of class.
Upon successful completion of the nursing assistant course, students have the opportunity to submit an application to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for licensure as a certified nursing assistant. The certification examination is conducted monthly at various test sites throughout the state. Your instructor will provide you with scheduling information. The Wyoming State Board of Nursing determines eligibility to take the certification examination and is responsible for the oversight of nursing in the state of Wyoming. Successful completion of the nursing assistant course does not guarantee certification.
Assistant Director of Nursing
307-855-2226 or 1-800-735-8418, Ext. 2226
Meet your faculty
Dawn brings a broad background of nursing experience that aligns well with the learning needs of nursing students graduating from the CWC Nursing Program. Her goal is to help create nurses who will give the best patient care possible in the most caring manner.
With more than 19 years as a nurse, Amy loves bringing her experience to the classroom.
Stacey comes to CWC with a wealth of knowledge in the nursing field.
Paula Kihn has experience working as a nurse across the country.
Jennifer McCartney specializes in medical surgical nursing and administration with experience in ICU, neuro and the emergency room.
Debbie's focus at CWC is in the nursing simulation learning center. However, in the 10 years she has been a member of the nursing program faculty, she has taught Medical Surgical Nursing with the associated clinical courses, online program courses, and Nursing Care of Family.
Anne brings over 20 years of nursing experience to the classroom.
Cindy Weber is a nursing instructor at our Jackson, Wy outreach.
Liz has a strong background in acute care in rural settings and has spent a lot of time mentoring new nurses.