Nursing Schools in Wyoming

With its beautiful vistas and Rocky Mountain scenery, Wyoming is one of the most attractive places to live and to practice the nursing profession. It has one of the largest land areas in the United States but it is the least populous.

Even with its low patient population it has not been shielded from the nationwide nursing shortage. The best hospitals and medical facilities are concentrated in Cheyenne, Casper and Laramie, and these cities are where most nurses work. But the state has several rural communities that still need the best health care available. These underserved areas are where the nursing shortage at the state is at its worst.

Nurses who want to make a difference as rural and community health nurses can find plenty of job opportunities in the Wyoming frontier and the state’s metropolitan areas as well. The state has an unemployment rate much lower than the national rate. That means most job sectors are actively employing people compared to other places in the country.

Health care careers such as nursing are even more stable in spite of the downturn. The nursing shortage in the state, especially in rural areas and advanced practice in facilities, ensures that there will always be openings for nurses. Much like other states, Wyoming has an aging population, and demand for elderly caregivers like nurses is also expected to increase.

There are seven nursing schools in Wyoming offering all levels of nursing programs. The largest nursing program in the state is that of the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The rest are community colleges located across the state. The small number of schools reflect the low number of people living in Wyoming.

Programs being offered include nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s and doctor of science in nursing. They offer both traditional and distance learning options. These schools are the only ones accredited to grant nursing diplomas and degrees in the state in 2010.

Nursing students are advised to always check the accreditation of any course or program they would enrol into. The prospective student must check with the Wyoming State Board of Nursing about requirements for education and nursing licensure.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hourly median wage of Wyoming nurses was $27.14 in May 2009, lower than the national average of $30.65. The relatively low wages have prompted other nurses to relocate in other states compounding the shortage. However, nursing graduates can take advantage of this to apply in many nursing positions that await them.

Employment: 4,700
Hourly Mean Wage: $27.91
Annual Mean Wage: $58,060
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

State Nursing Board: Wyoming State Board of Nursing
State Nurses Association: Wyoming Nurses Association
State Hospital Association: Wyoming Hospital Association

Wyoming Nursing Schools

School Name: Casper College
Address: 125 College Dr, Casper, Wyoming 82601-4699
Contact: (307) 268-2110
Website: www.caspercollege.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Central Wyoming College
Address: 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, Wyoming 82501
Contact: (800) 735-8418
Website: www.cwc.edu/
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Laramie County Community College
Address: 1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007-3299
Contact: (307) 778-5222 x1357
Website: www.lccc.wy.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
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Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Northern Wyoming Community College District
Address: Gillette, WY / Sheridan, WY
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Northwest College
Address: 231 W 6th St, Powell, Wyoming 82435
Contact: (307) 754-6000
Website: www.northwestcollege.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Sheridan College
Address: 3059 S Coffeen Ave, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801
Contact: (307) 674-6446 x0
Website: www.sheridan.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: University of Wyoming
Address: Corner of Ninth and Ivinson, Laramie, Wyoming 82071
Contact: (307) 766-1121
Website: www.uwyo.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN, Second Degree BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Western Wyoming Community College
Address: 2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82902-0428
Contact: (307) 382-1600
Website: www.wwcc.wy.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
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