NWCCD 2014-15 Catalog 
    Apr 25, 2018  
NWCCD 2014-15 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

Nursing AAS

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Would you like to be a nurse? It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. You have to be passionate about helping people. Would you like to make the difference between life and death, well-being and discomfort, hope and fear, independence and helplessness? Nurses make these differences every day.

Nurses are essential members of the contemporary health team, providing nursing care to a diverse society. Nurses gain a great deal of personal satisfaction from the care they provide, which ranges from infants in the newborn nursery to the elderly in nursing homes. This care is taught in a variety of rural, acute, chronic, and home care settings. The growing need for nursing care assures a continued demand for skilled, compassionate nurses.

Nursing students at Sheridan College and Gillette College are educated in both classroom and clinical settings.  Both classroom and clinical components must be completed for students to progress in the program.  The nursing courses are sequential and must be completed in the identified order.  The non-nursing courses may be completed prior to or concurrent with the identified nursing courses.  Students need to maintain grades of “C” or better in all nursing and science courses to continue in the program.

Sheridan College and Gillette College offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) with an optional Practical Nursing exit (certificate) after the first year. The associate degree nursing program prepares the graduate to function as a Registered Nurse in providing care to clients with complex health care needs. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The Nursing Program is offered at both Sheridan and Gillette campuses. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (130 Hobbs Avenue, Suite B, Cheyenne, WY 82002 – 307-777-7601) and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, fax 404-975-5020, www.nlnac.org)

Nursing Program Outcomes

• Provide competent, compassionate nursing care.
• Demonstrate clinical judgment to make health care decisions.
• Manage care to create a healing environment which meets human needs.
• Practice nursing according to established professional and ethical standards.

Required Course of Study for AAS Degree


Nursing - Requirements for Acceptance include:

All requirements for acceptance (items 1-9 below) to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must be submitted to the Nursing Department office no later than March 1st to be considered for the Fall semester.


  1. Application for general admission to NWCCD.
  2. Application for admission to the Gillette College or the Sheridan College Nursing Program.
  3. Official high school transcript or GED certificate.
  4. Official transcript from colleges previously attended.
  5. Cumulative GPA of 2.5.  All courses applicable to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing will be used to compute GPA.  If more than one college has been attended, all courses applicable to the Associate of Applied Science in nursing will be used to compute GPA.
  6. Completion of ENGL 1010 - English I or equivalent transferable English Composition I course with a grade of “C” or better.
  7. Completion of a college level math course with a grade of “C” or better.
  8. Completion of ZOO 2010, or equivalent transferable Anatomy & Physiology I course with a grade of “C” or better.
  9. TEAS V exam catergory “Proficient” or above. Minimum Adjusted Indvidual Total Score of 58.7%. 

A limited number of students are accepted into the nursing program. Once a student has met the above criteria and receives conditional acceptance based on total points earned, full admission will be awarded pending successful completion of a background check, drug screen, DFS screen, and documentation of the following: health examination and required immunizations, Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR), and liability insurance.

Nursing - Freshman Year

Total Certificate Credit Hours: 30

Total Certificate Credit Hours (including pre-requisite courses): 40

Nursing - Sophomore Year

Total Degree Credit Hours: 60

Total Degree Credit Hours (including pre-requisite courses): 70

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