FAQ

  

Is there a separate application process for the associate degree in nursing program?

Yes. You must be admitted to LCCC and then complete a Nursing Program Application. There is a separate application process for students seeking the Advanced Placement option.

Are there prerequisite classes that I must take before I can apply?

Yes. The prerequisites are completion of or current enrollment (at time of application) in COLS 1000 - Introduction to College Success, MATH 1400 - College Algebra, ENGL 1010 - Freshman English Composition I, ZOO 2015 - Human Anatomy, as well as a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a passing s

Are there jobs available after graduation? What are the current nursing salary levels?

Employment of nurses is expected to continue to increase by about 23.5 percent from 2006-2016.  Visit the LCCC Career Center for assistance in finding current job and salary information for registered nurses

Are graduates required to pass a licensure exam?

Yes. In order to work as an LPN or RN in the United States you must pass the equivalent National Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN).  You must also apply to the state board of nursing in the state in which you wish to become licensed.

If you are able to perform these tasks as outlined above, you may be able to work as a nurse.  If you are not able to perform these essential functions, you may consider other healthcare careers that would be less physically taxing.  LCCC’s Career Center can be a great resource to help you explore nursing and other options, and discuss essential functions of different career fields.

core on the current entrance exam.

Is there a time limit on the general education courses?

No. For the nursing program, there aren't any time limitations on prior course work.

Are there any tests that I must take before I can enroll in any courses?

Possibly. You may need college placement testing prior to beginning your prerequisite coursework.

Can prerequisites be completed at a school other than LCCC?

Yes. In general, LCCC accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions that were passed with a grade of C or higher and that are lower-division courses.  Part of the admission process to LCCC includes submitting official transcripts from other institutions you’ve attended. Those transcripts are received and evaluated by the Student Records Office. Once transcript evaluation is completed, students may work with their assigned advisor in the Advising Center to discuss what transferred and what prerequisites still need to be completed. Please note: Transcript evaluation can take up to eight weeks during peak times; please plan accordingly.

How do I apply to the college?

Submit a college admission application to LCCC if you have not taken courses here before or a readmission application if you have not taken courses in the past semester, and then follow the enrollment steps outlined after submitting your application. It's the student's responsibility to request official high school and all college transcripts be sent to the admissions office. Note: Unofficial student copies of college transcripts must be attached and submitted with the nursing application to the nursing office. Learn more about the Admissions application process

When can I apply for admission to the associate degree in nursing program?

For January admission, applications are available in April and have a September submission deadline. For August admission, applications are available in November and have a February submission deadline. Please note that for each application period, there is a specific application window, and applications are not accepted before this window. Refer to the current application for current application window dates/deadlines.

How many points do I need to have to be accepted?

There is no point minimum determined by the nursing program. The maximum available points are 125. Once all applications have been received and the application deadline has passed, points are verified and applicants who meet all requirements are ordered by number of points. The top 40 applicants are accepted, and the next 6-15 applicants are accepted as alternates.

Do you accept transfer credits from any other college?

LCCC accepts in transfer: lower-division, college-level credits, completed with a grade of C or higher, at regionally-accredited institutions. Usually accreditation information can be found on the website of the institution you attended. You can also verify an institution’s regional accreditation status through the North American Higher Learning Commission

Do you accept transfer credits from international schools?

Yes. You need to submit a translated copy of your transcript (depending on the country in which you took courses) to the Student Records Office. Credits are much harder to translate from international transcripts so please be aware that often fewer credits transfer than you might assume. You may still be required to submit to placement testing for LCCC courses. Visit the international student admission's Web page for more information.

I took my Math/Anatomy & Physiology class(es) ‘X’ number of years ago – will it still count?

Yes. Currently, there are no time limitations on any of the LCCC nursing program prerequisite/general education courses.

I took statistics/Problem Solving/Math for Health Care Providers. Will that fulfill the math requirement?

No. The math required for the nursing program is College Algebra. Non-algebra based or lower math courses will not fulfill this requirement. Higher-level algebra-based courses, such as trigonometry or calculus, may be used for the math requirement.

I will be enrolled in my math course during the summer term. Am I eligible to apply for the nursing program in February to start in August?

No. You must be currently enrolled in, or done with, the required math class at time of application.

I took Human Anatomy at another college and it transferred in. What do I need to do to complete my Anatomy & Physiology sequence?

If you take Human Anatomy, you must complete the sequence with Human Physiology. If you take A&P I, you must complete the sequence with A&P II. Taking one course from each sequence will not fulfill the requirement.

Is the nursing program available in Laramie (Albany County)?

No. The nursing program is on the main Cheyenne campus only. Prerequisites may be completed at the Albany County Campus but the nursing program courses are only in Cheyenne.

My Anatomy & Physiology courses were 100- or 1000-level courses. Will those count?

Most likely, no. A&P courses typically need to be at the 200- or 2000-level to go to the depth of information required for the program. Official transcript evaluation is completed by the Student Records Office, and that office will make the determination if the courses are equivalent.

My A&P courses were 300/3000 or 400/4000 level courses. Will those count?

Probably. However, upper-division courses are not transferred in during transcript evaluation. You will need to work with your advisor in the Advising Center on completing an Upper Division Credit Acceptance Request Form to submit to the Student Records Office for consideration of these credits.

I completed General Microbiology at my transfer institution. Will that count for Medical Microbiology?

Yes. General Microbiology will be accepted as part of the transfer credit for the Nursing Program.

I failed Art History. Does that mean that I only get 10 of the 20 “Bonus Points” from Bonus #1 on the point sheet?

No. The only courses considered for the “Bonus Points” are the required general education courses for the program. If you failed courses other than those listed on the sheet, they do not count against your bonus points.

Does a C- really count as “failing” a course and I don’t get the bonus points?

Yes.  A C- is (typically) less than 2.0 grade point, meaning it does not count as a passing grade and those courses will count as failed attempts, and will not transfer to LCCC.

I got a D the first time I took psychology, but then I repeated it and got a B, so I don’t have to count the D and take away bonus points, right?

Incorrect – any failing grade on any of the general education courses in the past 10 years counts against the bonus points. This goes even if you didn’t repeat the same course – i.e., getting a D in psychology and then taking anthropology and earning a B – while the B in anthropology will still be counted for points, the D in psychology will still count against your bonus points.

Will you accept either Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking?

No. As of the Academic Year 2016-2017 only Public Speaking will be accepted. This will more easily align with the BSN Program at the University of Wyoming.

I took a course called Principles of Communication at my transfer institution. Will that count?

In most cases, no. Principles of Communication and similar courses do not have the same focus as either our Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking courses.  Course equivalencies are determined during official transcript evaluation by our Student Records Office.

I have a previous degree so my advisor told me I don’t need to take a communication/English/PE course, but I didn’t take one that’s equivalent for my degree so I have no grade to use on the application. What do I do?

It is true that if you have a previously completed AA, AS, BA or BS degree from a regionally-accredited institution, you do not need to do any of the LCCC General Education courses (English Composition, US History/Government, Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking), with the exception of Wyoming Government (POLS 1100). However, if the nursing program cannot verify equivalent courses and grades on your transcript, you will only receive equivalent of a “C” for point calculations.

Additionally, you will need to complete or prove completion of equivalent courses for program-specified general education courses: General Psychology, College Algebra, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Medical Microbiology. These courses are not exempted by having a previous degree completed.

I took a CLEP test for (English/Psychology/History/etc.). How do I calculate my points for that?

CLEP/Credit by Exam credits are calculated for points using the equivalent of a “C” grade. You must also make sure that you submit a transcript from CLEP (or other exam organization, i.e., AP, etc.) to the LCCC Student Records Office so that credit for the course may be awarded prior to program application. Once credit has been awarded, the course will show up on your LCCC transcript, which you then need to submit a copy of with your program application.

Can you explain this whole Wyoming Government thing?

Wyoming mandates that students meet the state statutory requirement for instruction in the constitutions of the United States and Wyoming by completing one of the following:

  • POLS 1000 – American & Wyoming Government
  • HIST 1211 – US to 1865
  • HIST 1221 – US from 1865
  • HIST 1251 – Wyoming History
  • ECON 1200 – Economics, Law, and Government

This is a degree requirement for all degrees from LCCC (and all other statewide higher education institutions). Students who have completed a comparable US history or government course at an out-of-state institution do not need to take one of the 3-credit courses listed above. Instead, these students may choose to complete the 1-credit POLS 1100 – Wyoming Government component that, combined with their transferred US History/Government, will fulfill the state statutory requirement. POLS 1100 is offered online during every semester, summers included.

I took a Western Civilization/Ancient Civilization/US Military History/etc. course. Will that count as the required history course?

No. To meet the requirement, the course must be either US History or US Government.

I have completed the U.S. History course at an out-of-state school and earned an A, but haven’t completed the POLS 1100 course yet. Do I get the 12 points for the A on my application?

No. Until the history/government requirement is fulfilled in its entirety (i.e., completing both the US History and Wyoming Government), this requirement will only be considered “in progress” meaning you would receive 2 points in this scenario.

Is there a waitlist for the program?

No. Each semester, 40 students are accepted, and an alternate list of 10-15 students is selected. If any of the 40 accepted students decline their offer, alternates are given the chance to take their spot, in the list order. If students are not accepted into the program, even if they were on the alternate list, they must reapply during the following application period to be reconsidered for the program. 

Do I have to take the Kaplan before I apply to the program?

Yes. Your application packet must include a printout of your Kaplan scores, showing that you passed with at least a 70 percent overall and a 73 percent in reading on the same test.

If I have taken another nursing entrance exam elsewhere, do I still need to take the Kaplan?

Yes, you must take and pass the Kaplan.

Can the Kaplan be completed somewhere beside the LCCC Main Campus?

No. You must complete the Kaplan test at the LCCC Testing Center. An appointment is required, and appointments do fill up quickly in the weeks leading up to an application deadline, so plan accordingly.

Are the associate degree in nursing program courses transferable to another college or university? Is there a way to obtain an RN to BSN degree?

There are multiple schools in the area, or online, who offer RN to BSN completion programs. Many LCCC nursing students choose to continue their nursing education through the University of Wyoming’s ReNEW Program. Because LCCC is regionally accredited, and the nursing program is ACEN accredited, courses should transfer to other institutions. Check with the institution you plan to continue your education with for transferability of courses.

Do I need to complete any health forms?

Yes. There is a pre-entrance physical form to be completed with the student’s health care provider, that must be turned in once student has been accepted into the program. This form does not need to be submitted with the program application. There is also an immunization process. See below for more details. Students are responsible for knowing and being able to perform all of the Essential Functions of a Nurse.

What are the immunization requirements?

Immunizations do not need to be completed by the time that the student applies to the program, but it is highly recommended that vaccination series be started ahead of program admission, as some vaccination series can take several months to complete.

Immunizations required are:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rubella/Rubeola/Mumps (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) 
  • PPD (Tuberculosis/TB Test) – Two-Step Test required
  • Current (within past 10 years) Tetanus booster

Students can furnish immunization records indicating completion of these immunizations. If immunization records cannot be located, students may also have a titer drawn and tested by their health care provider (at the student’s expense) to verify immunity. Students who have not received these vaccinations should begin the process of completing them prior to program admission.

If students have had two titers drawn for these immunizations and they are still not immune, then students are exempt from any further attempts to become immune. Students should keep all copies of their immunizations for their records. Any student found out of compliance with these responsibilities will be sent home from clinical and may be dismissed from the program.

I just renewed my CPR certification/I have a current CPR certification. Does that work for the program or do I need to renew again?

Upon acceptance to the program, all students will be required to obtain or renew their CPR/Basic Life Support certification close to the program start date, so that it is valid for the entire two years of the program. Certifications that will expire during the course of the student’s four semesters, even if it is one month prior to graduation, will not be accepted. This is to keep in compliance with clinical site requirements and is adhered to strictly.

 

Do I need a criminal background check?

Yes. A criminal background check through our vendor is required prior to beginning the nursing program. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony, treated for mental illness or substance abuse should refer to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing background check information sheet (pdf) included with the nursing application. Our college will provide education for those who meet our program objectives and have an acceptable criminal background, but the Wyoming State Board of Nursing must protect the public and can deny licensure regardless of our program's or the facility's criminal background check. Any student who cannot pass the background check will not be eligible to attend clinical, and therefore, will be dismissed from the program.

I just had a background check done for work – do I need to do another one for the program?

Yes. All students who are offered acceptance into the nursing program must submit a new background check after the program acceptance offer, through the vendor specified by the nursing program. Previous background checks will not be accepted, no matter how recently they may have been done.

Can I choose where and when I do my clinical rotation?

No. Nursing faculty will select your clinical site and shift. Clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics and long term care facilities may be scheduled as early as 6 a.m. or as late as midnight, and may include weekends. The student is required to participate in the clinical experience as it is scheduled  Clinical assignments may occasionally be out of town, most routinely in Laramie, Wyoming or Greeley, Colorado. Every effort is made to match students who live in/near these locations with these clinical assignments, but this is not guaranteed, and students who live out of town will most likely have to travel for the majority of clinical hours. It is the student's responsibility to provide transportation to clinical assignments.

Are there jobs available after graduation? What are the current nursing salary levels?

Employment of nurses is expected to continue to increase by about 23.5 percent from 2006-2016. Visit the LCCC Career Center for assistance in finding current job and salary information for registered nurses

Are graduates required to pass a licensure exam?

Yes. To work as an LPN or RN in the United States you must pass the equivalent National Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN). You must also apply to the state board of nursing in the state in which you wish to become licensed.

If you are able to perform these tasks as outlined above, you may be able to work as a nurse. If you are not able to perform these essential functions, you may consider other health care careers that would be less physically taxing. LCCC’s Career Center can be a great resource to help you explore nursing and other options, and discuss essential functions of different career fields.

Do I need to take the Kaplan test for the LPN Advanced Placement application?

No. For the LPN Advanced Placement, there is a different required test. Please see the Advanced Placement page or the Testing Center page for more information.

I already have a prior degree, is there any way to accelerate the program?

If you have a previous nursing degree/certificate, such as an LPN: please see the Advanced Placement page for more information.

If you have a previous degree in something other than nursing: You may have many general education courses completed and if this is the case, you will not have to retake them. However, the nursing theory courses must be taken concurrently with the nursing clinical course, and all nursing courses must also be taken in sequence.   Please see the curriculum page for information the general education requirements for the program. 

 

Is the associate degree in nursing program accredited?

Yes. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (WSBN). In addition, LCCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Is the program an LPN program or an RN program?

This is a four-semester associate degree RN program. After the second semester, students may choose to take an optional 2-credit spin-off class that, upon completion, enables them to take the NCLEX-LPN exam and seek licensure as an LPN. Additionally, there is an advanced placement option for students who have already achieved their LPN or successfully completed two consecutive semesters of nursing school. Please see the Advanced Placement page for more information.

I already have a prior degree, is there any way to accelerate the program?

If you have a previous degree in something other than nursing, you may have many general education courses completed. If this is the case, you will not have to retake them; however, the nursing theory courses must be taken concurrently with the nursing clinical course, and all nursing courses must also be taken in sequence. Please see the curriculum page for information the general education requirements for the program. 

Is there a student advisor?

Yes, all degree-seeking students are assigned an advisor within the Advising Center when they've been fully admitted to LCCC. Once students are accepted into the nursing program, they will also work closely with a nursing faculty advisor. Contact Admissions at 307.778.1357 or the Advising Center at 307.778.1214 for more information. 

Is the associate degree in nursing program a day or evening program?

The nursing theory courses meet during the day. In addition, there generally are two clinical days a week that are day, evening or weekend hours. Every student will do an evening rotation. Weekends are generally on a volunteer basis. Once students are in the program, they can expect to have class or clinical four to five days/week.  Currently, scheduling is Mondays and Wednesdays: Clinicals. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Theory course.  Fridays: Exams (Five Fridays each semester).

Most required general education courses are available in the daytime, evenings and sometimes weekends, as well as online.

Can I work during the program?

Due to the demands of the full-time nursing program, student employment should be approached with caution. This personal decision should be based on individual performance in the classroom, clinical areas and personal health. The nursing faculty wants students to be successful, and not compromise essential learning. Students will not be excused from class or clinical assignments for personal work schedules. Classroom attendance is expected and accountability for knowledge and assignments is the student's responsibility. Find alternative sources of funding through the college's Scholarship & Financial Aid Office.

What is the cost of the program?

Nursing courses each semester total 10-11 credit hours at LCCC’s current tuition & fees, based on the student’s residency. 

In addition, there is a $500 clinical course fee each semester. These fees help to cover supplies used during simulations, such as IV tubing, as well as Kaplan testing for each student for NCLEX preparation at the culmination of the program.

There are also some associated costs for students in the program. Students are responsible for paying for:

  • A criminal background check, initial drug screening and random drug screening upon admittance to the program ($165)
  • Physical exam/immunizations/titers (varies)
  • Uniforms – must comply with required colors as designated by program ($150 or less)
  • Equipment such as a stethoscope, scissors, watch with a second hand (cell phone use for this is not permitted) ($75)
  • Textbooks (up to $1,200)
  • Graduation pin (if not covered by class fundraising) ($30)
  • NCLEX Licensure fees ($200)
  • Wyoming State Board of Nursing Licensure Fees (or other state licensure fees) ($190)

Prices given are approximate and will vary

Are financial aid or scholarships available for the program?

Yes. Learn more through the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office.