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Is the Associate Degree 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.
 
I already have a prior degree, is there any way to accelerate the program?
No; however, you probably will have most general education courses completed and will not have to retake them. The nursing theory courses must be taken concurrently with the nursing clinical course. The nursing courses must also be taken in sequence.
 
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 prerequisite classes that I must take before I can apply?
Yes. The prerequisites are college-level math, human anatomy, computer literacy, and the current entrance exam. Learn more.
 
Are there any tests that I must take before I can enroll in any courses?
Possibly. You may need college placement tests prior to taking math or English courses.
Review the criteria for pre-admission testing. 
 
Is there a student adviser?
Yes, all degree-seeking students are assigned an advisor within the Advising Center when they've been fully admitted. Contact Admissions at 307.778.1357 or the Advising Center at 307.778.1214 for more information. 
 
Can prerequisites be completed at a school other than LCCC?
Yes. General education courses that match those in the program will be considered for transfer. Admission counselors are available to evaluate transcripts from other schools.
 
Are the associate degree in nursing program courses transferable to another college or university?
Because LCCC is regionally accredited, courses should transfer to other institutions. Check with the institution you plan to continue your education with for transferability of courses.
 
Is there a way to obtain an RN to BSN degree?
After completion of the first year of the associate degree program, students may begin to take upper level nursing courses required for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). These courses are available through the University of Wyoming RN/BSN Leap program. There are also many RN-BSN degrees offered nationwide through different universities. You should be eligible for any of those programs.
 
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 year. It is 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.
 
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.
 
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. Refer to the current application for specific dates for application due dates and admission.
 
Do I need to complete any health forms?
Yes. Once you are accepted, you and your healthcare provider must complete healthcare forms. Read more about immunization requirements.
 
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.
 
Is the associate degree in nursing program a day or evening program?
The nursing theory courses meet during the day. There are some required general education courses that are available in the evenings and on weekends. 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.
 
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 nursing homes may be scheduled as early as 6 a.m. or as late as midnight, including weekends. The student is required to participate in the clinical experience as it is scheduled. It is the student's responsibility to provide transportation to clinical assignments.
 
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. It is the desire of the nursing faculty that students be successful in this program and that essential learning not be compromised. 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?
The cost for the program is based on the regular tuition rate plus a $500 fee each semester. See current tuition rates.
 
Are financial aid or scholarships available for the program?
Yes. Learn more through the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office.
 
Are there jobs available after graduation?
Yes. Employment of nurses is expected to continue to increase by about 23.5% from 2006-2016. Click to review the latest employment rates for nursing graduates.
 
What are the current nursing salary levels?
The national average is $32.66 per hour. Review the latest salary levels for this occupation.
 
Are graduates required to pass a state certification?
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).