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About the LCCC Nursing Program

LCCC nursing students in simulation roomThis four-semester program (after a semester of prerequisites and acceptance into the program) is part of the statewide nursing curriculum Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming (ReNEW) which is designed as a baccalaureate curriculum with an ADN benchmark allowing students to sit for the NCLEX-RN (licensure exam) at the completion of the fourth semester. This curriculum allows for students to complete an Associate Degree in Nursing, gain RN licensure and employment, and then to transition seamlessly into the University of Wyoming for their senior year and complete a bachelor's degree.

The curriculum includes a balance of general education and nursing courses that assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills to function as beginning practitioners of nursing. Students receive classroom instruction and coordinated clinical experience in the nursing care of patients in health care settings under the supervision and guidance of the nursing faculty. Clinical sites are in a variety of communities and travel may be required. Applications to the program are available the semester prior to admission and are submitted according to the application, which may be obtained at the website lccc.wy.edu/programs/nursing.

The nursing curriculum at Laramie County Community College is a leveled educational program to facilitate career mobility. The first two semesters provide a foundation for progression in the field of nursing and prepare the student to enter the second level of the nursing curriculum. At this point, after completion of the prerequisites and the first two semesters of the program, a student may choose to take the optional PN Exploration course which will give them the ability to earn a certificate and provide eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) and attain licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Upon completion of the program, the graduate earns an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) and attain licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Prerequisite courses must be in progress or completed with a grade of "C" or better. Students are encouraged to contact the Nursing program directly for program-specific questions. Current Nursing students should refer to the respective catalog in which they began the Nursing program. Admission to the LCCC Nursing Program is competitive and students must be in satisfactory academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for the nursing curriculum.

Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming (ReNEW) Common Statement

  • More and more nurses are completing their baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) in order to enhance their employment opportunities, facilitate career advancement and/or prepare for graduate education.
  • ReNEW is a shared statewide curriculum providing a streamlined bridge from the associate degree in nursing to the BSN.
  • The ReNEW program plan is a four-year, eight semester (not including summers) baccalaureate curriculum.
  • You can start at one of the Wyoming community colleges and be dually enrolled at the University of Wyoming.
  • Upon successful completion of the five-semester ADN benchmark, you are awarded an associate degree in nursing. Upon completion of the eight semesters, the BSN degree is awarded.
  • The courses/clinical experiences needed to complete the BSN in year four are available through the university online so you do not have to leave home.
  • At Laramie County Community College, ReNEW will start in Aug. 2016.

View the associate degree in nursing plan of study document.

For questions about ReNEW, please contact the Health Science Advisor in the Advising Center at 307.778.1214 or advising@lccc.wy.edu and ask for a Health Science advisor.

Accreditation

This program is approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Transfer Agreements with Four-Year Institutions: Program Articulation

LCCC has partnered with four-year institutions to articulate a way for students to transfer earned credits. These articulations are formal agreements between LCCC and the institution. These agreements match up coursework to make the transfer process smooth and to eliminate any duplication of courses. Any deviations from the prescribed course list will not articulate.

This program is articulated with the University of Wyoming and other universities listed below. Graduates from this program who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN are eligible to apply for any RN-BSN program at any offering university. Please note that students planning on dual enrollment with LCCC and the University of Wyoming (UW) must maintain a nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher. Those students planning on transferring to UW once they have received RN licensure must demonstrate a nursing GPA of 2.5 or better. Please contact the UW ReNEW Nursing advisor for individual advising. 

Student Achievement/Outcomes

Outcome being measured Expected level of achievement Year Cohort Average Annual Average National ADN
Average
NCLEX-PN Pass Rates NCLEX-PN will be at or above the national mean 2014   92% 82%
2015   92% 82%
2016   98% 84%
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates NCLEX-RN will be at or above the national mean

*December graduates test in subsequent year. i.e. Dec. 2013 graduates tested in 2014
2014

Dec. 84%
May 86%

85% 79%
2015

Dec. 87%
May 77%

82% 82%
2016

Dec. 67%
May 85%

75% 82%

 

Outcome being measured Expected level of achievement 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Program Completion 75% will graduate in 150% of time 89% 93% 83%
Job Placement Rates 95% of new graduates (seeking employment) will be employed within 6 months of graduation 100% 100% 100%

 

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks

Acceptance into the program is conditional based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and drug screen. Instructions for completion will be provided once a student is accepted into the program.

Students will also be subject to random and for cause drug screening throughout the program. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation in a clinical assignment and will result in dismissal from the program.

Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation. See School Policy.

Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program.

Cost of Attendance

For general college expense, view LCCC’s tuition and fees. Students in the Nursing program have additional estimated clinical course fees of $500* a semester. This is an estimate and may change at any time. Course fees may be higher for nursing when compared to other programs.

Examples of how those fees are used include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Kaplan Integrated Testing Services
  2. Equipment and supplies for Skills Laboratory
  3. Equipment and supplies for the Simulation Laboratory
  4. Other costs unique to the nursing program