To meet the expanding needs of our aging population, the healthcare industry is undergoing tremendous technological advancement. This drives greater demand for qualified nurses that can keep up with the rapidly changing technology landscape. As a result, many healthcare employers in Wyoming (and across the U.S.) prefer to hire nurses with a four-year degree from a college or university.
Overview of four-year nursing schools
In the world of nursing education, four-year colleges and universities typically grant a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), master of science in nursing (MSN), and/or doctor of nursing practice (DNP). These degree programs, which include both general education courses and specialized nursing classes, equip students with robust skill sets. University of Wyoming is the state’s top school for both BSN and MSN degree programs. BSN graduates enter the workforce as registered nurses (RNs), while MSN graduates enter as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
The employment outlook for Wyoming’s nurses is excellent. RN employment will grow 19 percent over the coming decade, while APRN employment will increase 31 percent. Both figures are significantly higher than average. Local salaries are impressive as well. Wyoming’s 4,500 RNs receive a median annual salary of $60,450. BSN-educated nurses often earn top-quartile pay of $70,590 or more per year. The state’s 250-plus APRNs can earn anywhere from $88,000 to $185,000 per year, depending on specialization. Both RNs and APRNs are in high demand at major healthcare providers throughout Wyoming, including Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Wyoming Medical Center, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Want to learn more about Wyoming’s BSN and MSN degree programs? Start with our detailed profile below of the state’s top four-year colleges and universities for nursing.