The BRAND (Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree) option is for students who have a previous non-nursing baccalaureate degree, and who are seeking an accelerated option for obtaining the BSN.
Nursing theory and supporting courses are offered using a combination of online courses and hybrid courses with periodic intensive on-campus experiences. Clinical coursework is arranged at several Wyoming healthcare facilities. This option is a ‘summer to summer’ format with a full-time schedule of courses.
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:
- Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
- Advance nursing practice related to patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice.
- Achieve optimal individual, family, group, community, and population outcomes guided by clinical reasoning and appraisal of evidence of best practice.
- Demonstrate effective leadership through heightened self-awareness to empower others in the attainment of optimal patient outcomes.
- Use mutually respectful communication, collaboration, and leadership skills within interprofessional teams in the management of care in diverse, complex, global, and dynamic healthcare systems.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate respectful, efficient, safe, and well-coordinated transitions of the patient through all levels of care.
- Provide respectful, efficient, safe and well-coordinated patient-centered care to populations by reflecting on beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices.
- 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.
- 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.
Students who meet university requirements are admitted to the university in the pre-nursing component of BRAND (declared PNBR major). The number of students admitted to BRAND is limited, and admission is a competitive process. Applicants meeting minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission.
Criteria for admission to BRAND as well as application instructions and deadlines can be found on the nursing website, www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, BRAND, Admission Criteria/Application).
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 BRAND. These requirements can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, BRAND, BRAND Student Handbook - section 6, Scholastic Requirements).
The minimum requirement for the second bachelor’s (SB) degree candidate to graduate with a BSN is 50 semester hours of credit. This curriculum option totals 54 credit hours.
The minimum requirement for an SB degree is 30 additional semester hours earned from UW, 12 of which must be in upper division level courses. If prior baccalaureate degree was earned through UW, the 30 credit minimum is in addition to the credits earned for previous degree. Evaluation of transfer courses is required to determine credit eligibility.
The required courses, PHCY3450 - Foundational Pathophysiology  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. PHCY 3450 and PHCY 4470 must be completed within three years before the May start date.
Program of Study
A detailed, semester sequenced BRAND Program of Study can be found on the nursing website: www.uwyo.edu/nursing (click on Nursing Programs, BSN, BRAND, BRAND Program of Study). All required courses identified under Prerequisite Courses and Nursing Courses must be passed with a C or better (or S).