Wyoming Nurse Practitioner Certification
In the state of Wyoming, an NP is a type of APRN. APRNs include CRNA, CNM, CNS, and CNP. The Wyoming State Board of Nurses licenses and regulates NPs in the state.
Within their duties, Wyoming NPs may assess patients; order diagnostic tests and labs; establish and execute management plans for chronic or acute disease or illness; and advise patients on how to prevent disease and illness and promote good health. In addition, they establish collaborative relationships with other health professionals to provide optimum health care. When additional considerations are met, NPs may be granted the right to prescribe pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments. They may work in variety of urban or rural settings, including doctor’s offices, public health agencies, hospitals, clinics, and health centers.
In order to become a Wyoming nurse practitioner, you must hold a current registered professional nurse license for Wyoming. You must have committed no acts that are grounds for disciplinary action. If you have committed such acts, you must provide adequate documentation for the Board to review your case.
As of 1999, anyone who wishes to become a Wyoming NP must earn a minimum of a master’s degree from a program that is accredited by a nursing or nursing-related accrediting organization and that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If you have already earned a master’s degree, you may earn a doctoral degree or a post-graduate certificate. You must select an area of specialization for your degree.
If you wish to be granted prescriptive privileges by the Wyoming Board of Nursing, you must complete a minimum of 2 semester-credit hours, 3 one-quarter–credit hours, or 30 contact hours of coursework that are approved by the Board in the areas of pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy or pharmacotherapeutics. This coursework must be completed within the 5-year period immediately prior to the date of application.
The University of Wyoming offers accredited programs for NPs. Some students choose to complete their studies online, especially in a state such as Wyoming that is largely rural. An internet-based nursing program provides nurses with the flexibility of time and location needed to continue to work and handle other life responsibilities while furthering their education. Some accredited online programs are provided by: Graceland University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, and South University. Contact the Wyoming State Board of Nursing to find out which online programs are approved in the state.
After you earn your master’s degree (or higher) in nursing, you must pass a national certification examination in your specialty area. Then, you must be granted recognition by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing to practice as an APRN.
Wyoming NPs enjoy one of the highest average salary rates in the nation for this career field, at $107,000 per year. Salaries may vary based on factors such as your location, place of employment, experience, and specialization.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014