Wyoming DNP Programs

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Wyoming DNP Programs

DNP, or Doctor of Nursing Practice, is a highest level of nursing education that an individual can attain. DNP programs are designed to take an individual from being a registered nurse to being an independent primary care provider, such as a nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or a clinical nurse specialist.

Admission Requirements

The only DNP program in the state of Wyoming is offered by the University of Wyoming's Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. This school evaluates candidates based on six criteria:

  • Interview
  • Essay and CV
  • GRE scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GPA
  • Experience in primary care

Program Details

A DNP is able to work in a variety of different fields within the healthcare industry. The University of Wyoming offers one nurse practitioner program, which prepares students to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

An individual must have at least a BSN to apply for the program. The program last for 3 years and is full-time. A student who is current a FNP or a PMHNP and only wants to obtain a DNP degree may attend the program part-time.

This program is an online/traditional hybrid. Students complete some of the work online, but must physically attend an intensive session once or twice a year.

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2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 110
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7601
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Wyoming Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (WY)

As of May 28, 2010, the state of Wyoming does not currently offer a DNP degree program at any of their local colleges or universities. If you are a nurse seeking DNP certification, NurseGroups recommends that you research your distance learning/ online program options.

See the online DNP program section of this article for a link to one such program.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Wyoming DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Wyoming DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Wyoming, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there is strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Wyoming educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Wyoming Board of Nursing to find out more about how Wyoming recognizes DNPs.

Online DNP Programs for Wyoming Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Wyoming, more and more Wyoming higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Wyoming to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Wyoming nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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