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ADN Program Mission Statement
Contact Information:

Heather Huber
Program Director, Nursing
(307) 268-2717
Fax (307) 268-2087
HS 104

   
A nontraditional male nursing student taking the temperature of a patient at the Wyoming Medical Center.
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The mission of the Casper College H.E. Stuckenhoff Department of Nursing is to be the hallmark of learning for associate degree nursing education promoting health in our community and professionalism in nursing through provision of the basic requirements for an associate degree assuring the graduate’s ability to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

  • 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.

For more information on admissions to the program, please read the Nursing Student Guidebook listed below or click on the Frequently Asked Questions tab.

Click here to read about changes in the Nursing Program at Casper College. If you would like more information, please contact Heather Huber, Director of Nursing.

Application Deadlines:
Spring Cohort: October 1-15
Fall Cohort: February 15-March 1
LPN Advanced Placement :
Spring Cohort: October 15- November 1
Fall Cohort: March 15-April 1

Click here to download an application form. Please see the Nursing Student Guidebook for complete information regarding the application process.

Click here to download TEAS information
Clikc here to download CNA Fall 2014 Information and Schedule
Click here to download Nursing Student Guidebook 2014-2015
Click here to download LPN Advanced Placement Guide 2014-2015
Click here to download Application Checklist Advanced Placement 2014-2015
Click here to download Nursing Student Handbook
Click here to download Application Checklist Nursing Program 2014-2015
Click here to download Estimated Program Expenses 2014-2015

Click here to download Program Outcomes/Assessment Results-Fall 2013

State approved and accrediting agency associated with the Nursing Program:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    (Formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.)
    (ACEN) (2011)
    3343 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    Phone:. 404-975-5000
    Fax: 202-975-5020
    www.ACENursing.org

 

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    • Phone: (307) 268-2717
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Nursing Assistant Course
Casper College's nursing assistant courses (NRST 1500) are offered throughout the year.

The course is comprised of a total of 90 hours of classroom instruction/lab and practicum experience which is approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing. This course presents basic nursing assistant principles as well as providing opportunities for practice and demonstration of skills related to patient care. Upon completion of the class students are eligible to take the state certification exam to become Certified Nursing Assistants.

CNAs work in many different settings including hospitals, long term care and home health care facilities.

Those wishing to take this course must have proof of a recent TB skin test (PPD), administered within one year and a current American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers CPR or American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification. The card must be current throughout the entire class period. Proof must be provided to the instructor PRIOR to registration. For more information on the CNA course, please contact the instructor, Nubia Arana.

 

 

HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology (3L,3CR):
An introduction to medical vocabulary and terminology. The use of abbreviations, suffixes, and combining forms are stressed to give the student a working knowledge of medical terms.

MOLB 2210 General Microbiology (3L,3LB,4CR):
The characteristics of microorganisms will be studied in lecture and laboratory. Lecture will focus on microbiology physiology and classification. Laboratory exercises will emphasize techniques used to culture, isolate and diagnose various types of microorganisms.

NRST 1605 Issues in Nursing Practice (1L,1CR):
This nonclinical course introduces the student to the position of nursing in the contemporary health care scene. Nursing history, settings, roles, values, and ethical/legal dimensions are examined. The philosophy and conceptual framework of the Casper College Nursing Program are explored. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program. Concurrent enrollment: NRST 1610,1615. (Fall semester).

NRST 1610 Fundamentals of Nursing (4L,9LB,7CR):
Designed to acquaint the student with the concepts of person, health, environment, and nursing. The holistic nature of the person is explored in states of health and illness with special consideration of nutritional status. The role of the nurse is introduced. Interpersonal and technical skills and the nursing process are emphasized as a means of assisting persons across the lifespan to adapt to stressors in the environment. Guided learning experiences in the laboratory are correlated with classroom instruction. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program. Concurrent enrollment in NRST 1605, 1615.

NRST 1615 Nursing Process I (2L,3LB,3CR):
The focus is on the role of the nurse in assisting the person across the lifespan to attain optimal health within the environment. Emphasis is placed upon use of the nursing process and basic management of persons experiencing alterations in the neurosensory, cardiovascular, respiratory, and intequmentary systems. Guided learning experiences in various community facilities are correlated with classroom and laboratory instruction. Prerequisite: NRST 1610.

NRST 1625 Nursing Process II (4L,12LB,8CR):
The focus is on the role of the nurse in assisting the person across the lifespan to attain optimal health within the environment. Emphasis is placed upon use of the nursing process and basic management of persons experiencing alterations in the gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system, musculoskeletal system, endocrine system, immune system, and mental health. Guided learning experiences in various community facilities are correlated with classroom and laboratory instruction. Prerequisite: NRST 1605, 1615. Concurrent enrollment: ZOO 2110 (if not taken previously).

NRST 1630 Nursing Process and the Childbearing Family (2L,2CR):
This course examines the role of the nurse in the care of the family during the childbirth process. The concepts of person, health, environment, and nursing will be explored from both a normal and high-risk perspective during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the newborn periods. Application of the content in this course will be integrated into the clinical experience of NRST 2635 and/or NRST 2645. Prerequisite: NRST 1625. Concurrent enrollment: ZOO 2020 (if not taken previously).

NRST 1970 Practical Nursing Roles and Practicum (.5L,7.5LB,3CR):
The focus is on the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). It includes an exploration of the role and scope of practice of the LPN with re-emphasis on professionalism and ethical/legal dimensions.. Emphasis will be placed on the practicum and clinical skills. At the conclusion of this course, students will be eligible to apply for licensure as an LPN. Students are encouraged to continue their ADN education with the last two semesters following this course. Prerequisite: NRST 1625, 1630.

NRST 2635 Nursing Process III (4L,15LB,9CR):
The focus is on the role of the nurse in assisting the person across the lifespan to attain optimal health within the environment. Emphasis is placed upon use of the nursing process and advanced management of persons experiencing alterations in fluid and electrolytes, the neurosensory, respiratory, integumentary, and cardiovascular systems. Guided learning experiences in various community facilities are correlated with classroom and laboratory instruction. Prerequisite: NRST 1630, ZOO 2020, 2110. Concurrent enrollment: MOLB 2210 (if not taken previously).

NRST 2645 Nursing Process IV (4L,15LB,9CR):
The focus is the role of the nurse in assisting the person across the lifespan to attain optimal health within the environment. Emphasis is placed upon the use of the nursing process and advanced management of persons experiencing alterations in mental health, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Guided learning experiences in various health care facilities are correlated with classroom instruction. Prerequisite: NRST 2635, MOLB 2210. Concurrent enrollment: NRST 2960.

NRST 2960 Nursing Role Exploration (1L,1CR):
This nonclinical course emphasizes the role of the A.D.N. graduate and the changes encountered in transition from student to graduate. Student will focus on transition/reality shock, employer-employee relationships, and professionalism. Prerequisite: NRST 2635. Concurrent enrollment in NRST 2645. (Spring semester.)

ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy (3L,3CR)[E][SB]:
This course is designed to give students a hands-on experience with the microscopic and macroscopic elements of human anatomy. Topics covered include human anatomical principles ranging from the cellular to the organ system level. This course is intended to provide students with a solid anatomical background, which may be used to assist in learning human physiology. (This course must be combined with ZOO 2041 and ZOO 2110 in order to fulfill an anatomy and physiology requirement. *NOTE: a maximum of 8 credit hours in an Anatomy and Physiology course sequence may be applied toward graduation.) (Cross-listed at UW as KIN 2040.)

ZOO 2041 Human Anatomy Lab (3LB,1CR)[E][SB]:
To be taken concurrent with ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy. (Cross-listed at UW as KIN 2041.)

ZOO 2110 Human Physiology (3L,3LB,4CR):
This course is a scientific inquiry into the physiology of select organ systems in the human body during homeostasis. Physical exertion, environmental effects and pathological change will also be discussed as they pertain to physiological change in organ system function. Physiologic concepts will be related to anatomical organization. (This course must be combined with ZOO 2040 and ZOO 2041 in order to fulfill an anatomy and physiology requirement.*NOTE: a maximum of 8 credit hours in an Anatomy and Physiology course sequence may be applied toward graduation.) (Cross listed with PEPR 2110.)

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 Darian at 307-268-2235, or fax at 307-268-2087, and he will be happy to mail you a copy of the guidebook.
Click here to download Nursing Student Guidebook 2013-2014.

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.

Heather Huber
Program Director, Nursing
(307) 268-2717
Fax (307) 268-2087
HS 104
 

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