Registered nurses (RNs) form the bulk of the nursing workforce. The U.S. is home to more than 2.7 million registered nurses, with 4,500 RNs in the state of Wyoming alone. RNs coordinate patient care, educate the public about health conditions, provide emotional support to patients and their families, and frequently supervise junior nurses like licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs).
Overview of registered nursing programs
Wyoming’s aspiring RNs can choose between two education pathways: the two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and the four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). The state’s network of community colleges, which includes Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, offers seven accredited ADN programs. University of Wyoming in Laramie administers the state’s lone prelicensure BSN program. These RN programs mix theoretical healthcare knowledge with hands-on clinical experience. Graduates of either pathway must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam before practicing in Wyoming.
Although RNs must study for a significantly longer period of time than their LPN and CNA counterparts, the additional work eventually results in substantially higher pay. Wyoming-based RNs earn a median salary of $60,450 per year. Those with BSN degrees frequently earn top-quartile pay of $70,590 or more annually.
To help aspiring RNs explore their nursing education options, we have compiled below a detailed list of prelicensure ADN and BSN programs in Wyoming.