The Casper College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program offers three specialized health-related certificates that can be earned in one semester.
Are you interested in working in a healthcare environment? Does working with people invigorate you? Do you want a career that is exciting, challenging and in high demand? Are you looking for a career that is well-paying?
If these fit your career goals, you may want to consider a career as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Casper College offers two degree options to become an RN: Associates of Science, and Associates of Applied Science. After acceptance into our program you can finish your degree in two years and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure. The Associate of Science degree articulates with several RN to BSN programs.
Our students are prepared to transfer classroom learning into both simulated labs as well as live practicums in a wide variety of health care settings. The majority of our clinical facilities are located within 5 miles of the campus.
The Guide to ReNEW Associate Degree Nursing (PDF) provides more information on admission to the program.
Applications and deadline details
Spring Cohort: To be announced
Fall Cohort: February 16th through March 1st.
LPN Advanced Placement:
Spring Cohort: To be announced
Fall Cohort: April 1st through April 15th.
Advanced LPN Program
ReNEW Nursing Associate Degree
- Student Guide (PDF)
- Notice of curriculum changes (PDF)
- Estimated Program Expenses 2014-2015 (PDF)
- Application (PDF)
- Program Outcomes/Assessment Results (PDF)
- TEAS information (PDF)
- Nursing Department Policy Changes (PDF)
- Nursing Student Handbook 2016 (PDF)
State approved and accrediting agency associated with the Nursing Program:
- Wyoming State Board of Nursing
130 Hobbs Avenue, Suite B
Cheyenne, WY 82002
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
(Formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions that aren't answered here, please contact the Program Director of Nursing at 307-268-2717.
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?
You can download the Nursing Student Guidebook (PDF). Or you can call Lupe at 307-268-2235 and she will be happy to mail you a copy of the guidebook.
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.)
- Completion of TEAS®. with score of proficient or higher.
- Math Requirements: MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus Algebra.
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, 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 40-50 applicants each semester.
How are students admitted?
Students earn points based on degree GPA, TEAS test scores, 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 ReNEW 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. Because some students maybe provisionally admitted while enrolled in pre-requisite courses, confirmed admissions will take place upon posting of final grades. If accepted students decline or become inelegible, applicants from the alternate list will be invited 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?
No, students no longer 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?
In the past, Casper College has offered two associate degrees in the Nursing Studies (NRST) curriculum: 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. Beginning Fall 2016 the initial semester for the ReNEW Curriculum (NURS) will begin. The ReNEW curriculum is a BSN curriculum with an ADN benchmark so students can become an RN and transition into the BSN program offered on-line through UW . 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.