Western Wyoming Community College offers a three-year program
(7 semesters) leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing with a practical nursing spin-off option. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Council Licensure examination for registered nursing (NCLEX-RN). Upon licensure, the AD nurse practices in settings where policies and procedures are specified and guidance is available. The Associate Degree Nursing Program offers a Practical Nurse Spin-Off option at the end of the first year of the nursing courses. Students who have successfully completed the first year have the option to take the one-credit course, Practical Nursing Roles, preparing them for the role of the practical nurse. At the completion of this course, students are eligible to sit for Practical Nursing licensure examination. At the completion of the Practical Nursing Roles course, students have the option to exit as a practical nurse or continue in the program.
Western Wyoming Community College and communities in Southwestern Wyoming outreach sites have entered into cooperative agreements for nursing education. These agreements make nursing education accessible to students in outreach locations, including at Carbon County Higher Education Center, by sharing facilities, human resources, and funding with WWCC. The agreement has two main goals. The first is to make nursing education accessible to outreach residents. The second is to encourage graduates to remain in their home communities to practice nursing.