Following are questions most asked about the nursing program. If you have questions that aren't answered here, please contact the Program Director of Nursing at
307-268-2717 or email us!
What is WYIN aid and how do I apply for it?
Nursing students or Nursing program applicants who would like a chance for Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WYIN) funds need to contact Align at 800-999-6541 extension 9019 or 9051. Their application and self certification form must be returned to the Enrollment Services office, 3rd floor Gateway Building. Students that have questions may contact Align or Lisa Goss, Scholarship Coordinator, at (307) 268-2510.
How do I obtain a guidebook to the nursing program?
Call Lupe at 307-268-2235, or fax at 307-268-2087, and he will be happy to mail you a copy of the guidebook.
here to download Nursing Student Guidebook 2014-2015 .
What are the prerequisites for the nursing program?
In order to be eligible to apply to the program a student must have the following completed:
- Application to Casper College as a degree seeking student;
- Degree GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Human Anatomy & Lab (4 semester cr.)
- General Psychology (3-4 semester cr.)
- Medical Terminology (3 semester cr.)
- Completion of TEAS®. Points are earned based on your individual total adjusted score.
- Wyoming CNA Certification
- Math Requirements: ACT of 21 or higher (If out of high school less than 2 years); a COMPASS (Algebra) score of 40 or higher; or have a "C" or better in MATH 0920
- Essay "Why I Want to be a Nurse"
How and when can I apply to the nursing program?
We accept applications in Spring and Fall semester of each year. See the website for specific deadlines. Students must submit a Casper College Nursing Program Application, TEAS scores, essay, and unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended to the nursing department office by the assigned deadline in order to be considered.
How many students apply to the program?
Each year there is a different pool of candidates. We never know how many people will apply. In the past couple of years it has been between 50-60 applicants each semester.
How are students admitted?
Students earn points based on degree GPA, TEAS test scores, essay, and grades they receive in pre-requisite courses and in selected general education courses. Students with the highest points are admitted. See the "Admission Ranking Worksheet" in the Guide to AD Nursing for a detailed description.
How many students are admitted to the program?
We admit 32 students to start in January and August.
Is there a waiting list?
We do not utilize a waiting list. After accepting the initial students, we rank the remaining qualified applicants according to their point totals and create an alternate list. If accepted students decline the invitation to begin the program we invite applicants from the alternate list to join the program. This list remains viable until beginning of the semester and then becomes void. We begin the following admissions period with no preference given to those applicants who had been on the alternate list.
Do I have to be a CNA to be accepted into the program?
Yes, students need to be a certified CNA in Wyoming in order to be accepted into our program.
What is the difference between an ADN and a BSN? Which does Casper College offer?
Casper College offers two associate degrees, the Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science in Nursing which are two-year degrees. The BSN, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing, is a four-year degree. There are some areas that are covered more extensively in the baccalaureate degree. These include research and a greater emphasis on leadership. Basic nursing content is the same in both levels of education. Graduates of both degrees take the same licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN.
How long is the program?
After being accepted, the program is 2 years (4 semesters).
What courses can I take via the internet that will count towards the nursing degree?
Casper College offers many courses via distance education including online courses. See the current college schedule for an up-to-date listing of courses offered, including those offered online. All nursing classes utilize the internet (Moodle) to augment the course's delivery.
What does it take to be successful in nursing?
Nursing requires very special talents and skills. Classroom and clinical education is rigorous and challenging. "Wanting" to be a nurse and taking care of others isn't enough. Successful students have strengths in mathematics, laboratory sciences and other general education courses. They are focused on building a foundation of learning that will be continued for a lifetime. Successful candidates for a career in nursing should be able to:
- communicate clearly and effectively,
- transfer knowledge from the classroom to the practicum experiences
- demonstrate good organizational skills
- manage multiple priorities
- think clearly and logically, even in stressful situations
- show good judgment
- work well with others
- understand delegation roles
- consistently demonstrate honesty and integrity, and
- put the needs of the client first.