Best Ranked 6 RN
Programs in Wyoming

RN Programs in Wyoming

Ranked RN and BSN Programs in Wyoming

After evaluating 1,209 ADN, 794 BSN, 2,022 campus and 383 online RN programs, we ranked RN programs against criteria nurses found to be most valuabale. We spent $27,700 on this unique list that has helped more than 3,000 nurses apply to the right program for their career goals. Find NCLEX passing scores, tuition rates, nursing program accreidtation, institution accreditation and more. Expore our RN-ADN and RN-BSN rankings for Wyoming in the listings below.

Now is a great time for nurses to pursue an RN or BSN degree program in Wyoming. Nursing schools across the state are introducing RN to BSN programs that can be completed online to help meet the needs of busy, working nurses. Generally programs can be completed online and there are many clinical sites located across the state. Wyoming needs nurses more than ever as the state is currently facing a nursing shortage in the rural areas. The number of nurses with a bachelor’s degree is increasing, but it is still not enough to meet the high demand.

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Ranked Schools : 6

Evaluated Schools : 7

RN Programs in Wyoming

In the fall of 2016, Wyoming began its ReNEW program - "Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming."  The goal of this RN program is to prepare all nursing students for a bachelor's degree at some point in time.  ReNEW standardizes nursing education for the community colleges and University of Wyoming, which means that there are ample opportunities for LPNs and RNs to further their education.  
See our methodology for ranking ADN and BSN programs.

RANKED 1

Western Wyoming Community College RN Programs in WY [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.4895189.79%

Western Wyoming Community College

  • 2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY - 82902-0428
  • (307) 382-1600

Western Wyoming Community College is located in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  They offer a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  They also allow LPNs to enroll into the ADN program during the third semester of the program.

  • Campus: Rock Springs, WY
  • Net Price: $4,882.00
  • Enrollment: 3,620
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 17.80%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -9.53%
  • Graduation Rate: 53.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,500.00
  • Median Payment: $57.43
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 2

Central Wyoming College RN Programs in WY [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.4865189.73%

Central Wyoming College

  • 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY - 82501
  • (800) 735-8418

Central Wyoming College is located in Riverton, Wyoming.  They offer an ADN program and an LPN to RN Completion option.  Classes are on-campus, but they do utilize simulation and skills laboratories to practice nursing skills.  They also occasionally utilize other technology, such as e-textbooks and mobile apps.

  • Campus: Riverton, WY
  • Net Price: $4,088.00
  • Enrollment: 2,182
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13.30%
  • Loan Default Rate: 23.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 3.23%
  • Graduation Rate: 29.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,017.00
  • Median Payment: $73.27
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 3

Laramie County Community College RN Programs in WY [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.3755187.51%

Laramie County Community College

  • 1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, WY - 82007-3299
  • (3.0) 777-9E+13

Laramie County Community College is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  LCCC offers an ADN program.  They also offer an advanced placement option; their advanced placement option is available to LPNs or students who have previously completed at least 2 semesters of nursing school.

  • Campus: Cheyenne, WY
  • Net Price: $7,464.00
  • Enrollment: 4,780
  • Transfer Out Rate: 33.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 15.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 50.73%
  • Graduation Rate: 13.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $4,725.00
  • Median Payment: $49.33
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 4

Casper College RN Programs in WY [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.277185.54%

Casper College

  • 125 College Dr, Casper, WY - 82601-4699
  • (307) 268-2110

Casper College is located in Casper, Wyoming.  They offer a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  Their ADN program is designed with the ReNEW program in mind – it allows the student to transfer to University of Wyoming after graduation, in order to pursue a BSN degree.

  • Campus: Casper, WY
  • Net Price: $5,893.00
  • Enrollment: 4,082
  • Transfer Out Rate: 15.40%
  • Loan Default Rate: 21.50%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -3.38%
  • Graduation Rate: 30.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,367.00
  • Median Payment: $66.48
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 5

Northwest College RN Programs in WY [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.092181.84%

Northwest College

  • 231 W 6th St, Powell, WY - 82435
  • (307) 754-6000

Northwest College is located in Powell, Wyoming.  They offer an LPN program and an ADN program.  They are proud to note that in 2015, 100% of their graduates were employed as a nurse, with employer satisfaction being 100% with their nursing program.

  • Campus: Powell, WY
  • Net Price: $5,655.00
  • Enrollment: 1,880
  • Transfer Out Rate: 21.00%
  • Loan Default Rate: 13.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 14.40%
  • Graduation Rate: 26.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,508.00
  • Median Payment: $67.95
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Sheridan College RN Programs in WY [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Sheridan College

  • 3059 S Coffeen Ave, Sheridan, WY - 82801
  • (307) 674-64460

  • Campus: Sheridan, WY
  • Net Price: $7,399.00
  • Enrollment: 4,437
  • Transfer Out Rate: 21.30%
  • Loan Default Rate: 18.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 11.94%
  • Graduation Rate: 27.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,500.00
  • Median Payment: $57.43
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

Wyoming RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

After completing an approved nursing program, RN candidates need to apply to take the NCLEX exam and pay a $200 registration fee. The candidate will need to simultaneously apply to the Wyoming Board for licensure. There is a $130 application fee along with a $60 background fee that the applicant will be responsible for. When both applications have been completed, the candidate will obtain authorization to test (ATT). Following this, the candidate will be able to schedule the NCLEX exam. The board may issue a 90-day temporary permit to the candidate. During this time, the candidate will be required to pass the NCLEX exam. Candidates who are unsuccessful on the first attempt will need to submit an application to retake and pay additional fees.

RN License by Endorsement

A nurse who has obtained licensure in one of the other 49 states will be granted licensure in Wyoming by endorsement. Nurses must be recently practicing nurses, meaning they must have worked 1,600 hours or taken a refresher course in the last five years. The candidate will be responsible for a $135 application fee and a $60 background check. Out of state nurses will be able to work under a 90-day temporary permit if they submit a copy of their current license in good standing.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who were trained outside of the United States are also eligible for license by endorsement. They may also be granted a temporary permit to work under while the candidate attempts to pass the NCLEX exam. Some candidates will need to demonstrate English proficiency. Last, but not least, nurses will be required to submit verification that the educational program was approved by the appropriate agency in their country where they practiced nursing.

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Ranked Schools : 1

Evaluated Schools : 1

BSN Programs in Wyoming

Wyoming has strict admissions requirements nursing students must meet in order to be accepted into a BSN program. These requirements include completion of prerequisite classes, Wyoming registered nurse licensure, and a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Courses in a typical program may include (but are not limited to):
  • Cultural Diversity in Family Care
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Healthcare Promotion
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Capstone Project
RN degree programs in Wyoming are designed to help to make nurses well rounded and independent. Baccalaureate-prepared nurses are able to care for patients across many different age groups in a wide variety of settings and situations.

RANKED 1

University of Wyoming RN Programs in WY [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.0535181.07%

University of Wyoming

  • Corner of Ninth and Ivinson, Laramie, WY - 82071
  • (307) 766-1121

University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, Wyoming.  The Fay. W. Whitney School of Nursing offers a basic BSN, BRAND (bachelor's reach for accelerated nursing degree) and an RN to BSN completion program, which is offered online.  University of Wyoming participates in Wyoming's ReNEW program, which began in the fall of 2016 and seeks to advance the education of the nurses in Wyoming.

  • Campus: Laramie, WY
  • Net Price: $11,484.00
  • Enrollment: 10,117
  • Transfer Out Rate: 28.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 5.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 6.57%
  • Graduation Rate: 54.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $14,000.00
  • Median Payment: $146.18
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

Wyoming RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

After completing an approved nursing program, RN candidates need to apply to take the NCLEX exam and pay a $200 registration fee. The candidate will need to simultaneously apply to the Wyoming Board for licensure. There is a $130 application fee along with a $60 background fee that the applicant will be responsible for. When both applications have been completed, the candidate will obtain authorization to test (ATT). Following this, the candidate will be able to schedule the NCLEX exam. The board may issue a 90-day temporary permit to the candidate. During this time, the candidate will be required to pass the NCLEX exam. Candidates who are unsuccessful on the first attempt will need to submit an application to retake and pay additional fees.

RN License by Endorsement

A nurse who has obtained licensure in one of the other 49 states will be granted licensure in Wyoming by endorsement. Nurses must be recently practicing nurses, meaning they must have worked 1,600 hours or taken a refresher course in the last five years. The candidate will be responsible for a $135 application fee and a $60 background check. Out of state nurses will be able to work under a 90-day temporary permit if they submit a copy of their current license in good standing.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who were trained outside of the United States are also eligible for license by endorsement. They may also be granted a temporary permit to work under while the candidate attempts to pass the NCLEX exam. Some candidates will need to demonstrate English proficiency. Last, but not least, nurses will be required to submit verification that the educational program was approved by the appropriate agency in their country where they practiced nursing.

Wyoming RN Job Outlook

Wyoming expects many nursing vacancies in the state in the upcoming years. To fill these vacancies, the Wyoming Research and Planning Committee is working hard to evaluate and make changes to education and workforce systems which are intended to attract and keep nurses in the state. Nurses in Wyoming can expect to be in a solid career. The annual median income of nurses in Wyoming ranges from $59,600-$80,000. The salary is dependent on the experience and education level of the individual nurse.

Wyoming Registered Nursing Salaries

The Cheyenne metropolitan area has the highest number of registered nurses employed across the state as well as the highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Casper, WY 940 $27.23 $56,070
Cheyenne, WY 950 $31.58 $63,320
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 810 $29.05 $60,090
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 730 $29.46 $60,310
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 820 $29.49 $60,560
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 610 $28.23 $57,410
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data