Wyoming provides several opportunities for nursing degrees, and prospective students can find education in areas around Casper, Riverton, Cheyenne, Gillette, Laramie, Powell, Sheridan and Rock Springs. The University of Wyoming offers the BSN, RN-to-BSN, an MSN and RN-to-MSN and post-master’s certificates in psychiatric/mental health nurse practice. Central Wyoming College in Riverton offers an associate degree, and Northwest College in Powell provides students with a vocational LPN/LVN program and the associate degree in nursing. While this state does not offer a doctoral degree, they provide many opportunities to enter the workforce through some of the largest employers in Wyoming.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $16,000 and $89,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Almost a full fifty percent of Wyoming’s largest employers are health care facilities. Campbell County Memorial Hospital, locatged in Gillette, is an acute care hospital and Campbell County’s largest medical facility with ninety beds. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is a nonprofit, county hospital with a licensed bed capacity of 206 and that offers complete cardiac, neurological, orthopedic, cancer, trauma and general medical care. Memorial Hospital of Carbon County, located in Rawlins, WY, is a progressive, modern, 45-bed acute care facility, and Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is a 99-bed rural acute care facility located in scenic Southwest Wyoming. Other large employers include Powell Valley Healthcare in Powell, Riverton Memorial Hospital (RMH), St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Sheridan Hospital in Sheridan and WestPark Hospital – a full-service medical center that serves communities throughout the Big Horn Basin. Many other facilities are located in Casper, Sundance, Lusk, Lovell and Riverton among other towns in Wyoming.