Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

Nursing, B.S.N., Basic BSN Option

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“Basic BSN” is an on-campus BSN option for students who want to become a registered nurse and earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Learning facilities include state-of-the-art classrooms and Clinical Simulation Center.

University Studies Program

This degree requires that The University Studies Program 2015  requirements are met before graduation. Some of the courses required for this major fulfill USP requirements, but not all. Students should check their degree evaluations and consult with their assigned academic advisor to discuss their specific course plan.

Clinical Component

(Note: Course requirements/expectations are subject to change. Maintain contact with FWWSON for current expectations.)

Additional Requirements

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

At completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, graduates will be able to meet the end of program student learning outcomes:

  1. Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  2. Advance nursing practice related to patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice.
  3. Achieve optimal individual, family, group, community, and population outcomes guided by clinical reasoning and appraisal of evidence of best practice.
  4. Demonstrate effective leadership through heightened self-awareness to empower others in the attainment of optimal patient outcomes.
  5. Use mutually respectful communication, collaboration, and leadership skills within interprofessional teams in the management of care in diverse, complex, global, and dynamic healthcare systems.
  6. Participate as a nursing professional in the development and implementation of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory entities, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends.
  7. Provide patient-centered care by reflecting on the uniqueness of an individual patient’s background, personal preferences, culture, values, traditions, and family, which promotes optimal health outcomes by involving patients and families as they make clinical care decisions.
  8. Demonstrate respectful, efficient, safe, and well-coordinated transitions of the patient through all levels of care.
  9. Provide respectful, efficient, safe and well-coordinated patient-centered care to populations by reflecting on beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices.
  10. Model professionalism with consistent demonstration of core values evidenced by nurses working with others to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes in patients, families, and populations by wisely applying principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication, professional engagement, lifelong learning, and accountability.
  11. Encourage evidence-based health promotion and make a positive contribution to immediate and long-term health status, through the provision of education to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations that encourages healthy behaviors and choices, prevention of disease, protection from preventable illness and disastrous emergencies.


Basic BSN has two different admission entries: 1) Freshman Admission to the Nursing major and 2) Non-Freshman Admission to the Nursing major. Criteria for admission as well as application instructions and deadlines can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, Basic BSN, Freshman Admission or Non-Freshman Admission under Admission to Basic BSN).

Scholastic Requirements

University and College of Health Sciences policies governing scholastic requirements (e.g. major changes, probation and dismissal) apply to students enrolled in the School of Nursing. In addition to university/college requirements, the School of Nursing has further scholastic requirements for Basic BSN. These requirements can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, Basic BSN, Basic BSN Student Handbook - section 6 Scholastic Requirements).


The minimum requirement to graduate with a BSN is 120 semester hours of credit. Evaluation of transfer courses is required to determine credit eligibility.

The required courses, PHCY3450 - Foundational Pathophysiology [4450] and PHCY4470 - Fundamentals of Pharmacology, must be upper division (3000/4000 level). Lower division/Community College (1000/2000 level) courses do not satisfy this requirement. Transfer courses must be reviewed for acceptability.

Nursing courses are offered fall and spring semesters of the university academic calendar. Students are required to have transportation to all clinical sites. A number of clinical sites are located in Cheyenne. The capstone practicum experience during spring of the senior year requires students to live in locations away from campus.

Program of Study

A detailed, semester sequenced Basic BSN Program of Study can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, Basic BSN, Basic BSN Program of Study). All required courses identified under Pre-Clinical Component and Clinical Component must be passed with a C or better (or S) except for CHEM 1000, which requires a B or better. .

Applicable for: Freshman/Non-Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major

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