2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Practical Nursing Certificate
The Casper College H.E. Stuckenhoff Department of Nursing has joined with the other Community Colleges and the University of Wyoming to adopt the statewide ReNEW curriculum (Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming). ReNEW is a baccalaureate curriculum with an associate degree benchmark at community colleges awarding the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), allowing the graduate to take the NCLEX –RN , become a Registered Nurse , and then continue on toward a BSN through the University of Wyoming.
Casper College offers two options for an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN): an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or an Associate of Science (AS). The ADN consists of non-nursing as well as nursing courses, and nursing students are integrated into all aspects of college life. In addition to the Casper College application for admission, a student desiring admission to the nursing program must complete and submit to the director a departmental application when all eligibility requirements are met.
An additional resource for information regarding the program can be obtained from:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Background check and drug/alcohol policy
Students enrolled in any of the health science programs will participate in clinical experiences in a variety of agencies. Prior to participating in the clinical experiences, students will be subject to that agency’s requirements including, but not limited to, a background check, drug testing and/or drug abuse prevention policies. Students are then subject to the random drug testing policy of that agency.
Following graduation, several of the state and/or national licensing or certification (registry) boards, including the Wyoming State Board of Nursing, may refuse to allow a graduate to sit for the required exam or issue a license or certification to a person who has a prior felony conviction or proven history of drug or alcohol abuse. Applicants to whom this applies should consult the program director for further information.
Clinical accessibility policy
The nursing program utilizes a variety of health care agencies in the community for clinical experience for the students. If you have been employed in one or more of the agencies and are not eligible for rehire as an employee, the agency may not permit you to participate in the essential clinical component of the program.
Please contact the human resources department of the affected agency and request documentation that states the agency position on your participation in the clinical component of the program. If you receive a negative response from the agency, you are automatically ineligible to apply. A response indicating you will be permitted to attend clinicals in the agency will be given to the program director prior to the selection process for admission to the program. If you are unable to fulfill clinical requirements due to a previous employment issue and have not complied with the above, you could be dismissed from the program.
Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression
Critical thinking: Critical thinking ability to exercise non-clinical and clinical judgment in a timely manner.
Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact professionally and therapeutically with peers, faculty, staff, administrators, patients/clients, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
Communication: Communication skills sufficient for interaction with peers, faculty, staff, administrators, patients/clients, families, and groups in verbal, nonverbal and written form.
Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, safely perform treatments/procedures, and assist patients/clients; lift and transfer patients/clients; manipulate equipment; walk and/or stand for extended periods of time.
Motor skills: Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective patient/client care.
Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and safely assess health needs.
Visual: Visual ability with or without corrective lenses sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in safe patient/client care.
Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment of patient/client care.
Professionalism: The ability to understand and demonstrate sufficient respect for others in non-verbal, verbal, and written communications in the classroom, laboratory, clinical settings, in the Casper College community, and in related public settings. The ability to demonstrate sufficient understanding of the cumulative effect that behavior, appearance, and communication has on the health science professional image.
Practical Nursing Certificate
Upon successful completion of all requirements of the first two semesters of the nursing program, Casper College nursing students will be awarded the PN certificate. Students who receive this certificate are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and apply for licensure as a Practical Nurse.
In order to qualify for the PN Certificate, students must:
1. Be admitted to the Casper College nursing program;
2. Successfully complete the requirements of the first two semesters of the Casper College nursing program.