With the rising demand for healthcare in Wyoming (and around the U.S.), entering the nursing profession can be a strategic career decision. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for registered nurses (RNs) will increase 19 percent over the coming decade, while employment for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) will increase 25 percent. These growth rates are much higher than average, driven by an increased emphasis on preventative care, an aging population that is healthier and living longer, and growing rates of chronic conditions.
Overview of vocational nursing programs
Vocational, career, and community colleges provide an efficient pathway into the nursing profession. They offer flexible class schedules and shorter programs of study. Lessons are focused on ensuring that students acquire ample hands-on experience, preparing them to enter the workplace right after graduation. Wyoming has eight community colleges with nursing programs, including Laramie County Community College in the state capital of Cheyenne. Most schools offer both an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) for prospective RNs and a certificate program for prospective LPNs.
Vocational school graduates can expect plenty of nursing job opportunities. Wyoming’s major healthcare providers include the Department of Veterans Affairs, St. John’s Medical Center, Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Wyoming Medical Center, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Local nursing salaries are very competitive. Wyoming’s LPNs earn a median annual salary of $42,600, while the state’s RNs average over $60,000 in annual pay.
To help nursing students find a streamlined path to employment, we’ve profiled below all of the vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing in Wyoming.