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NWC News Desk

Northwest College launches Registered Nurse program in Cody

Posted October 15, 2019
By NWC News Desk

Beginning in the spring 2020 semester, Northwest College is launching a Registered Nurse (RN) Program at the Cody Center, NWC’s off-campus instructional site located in the Park County Complex in Cody.

A cohort of eight students will be accepted into the program and will begin their course of study Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. In addition, two LPN-to-RN students will be accepted into the cohort and will begin the program in spring 2021.

The four core nursing courses will be delivered online, and students will attend in-person for lab at the Cody Center, as well as for clinical experiences that will be scheduled in the region at various healthcare facilities. The clinical experiences and lab will be scheduled in the evening and on the weekends to support working individuals and families.

The hybrid delivery supports the demographics of the NWC service area where working nontraditional students are raising children and would like to start their journey to a nursing career.

“LPN-to-RN students would have the same option to enter at midpoint as the NWC RN students located in Powell,” NWC Nursing Director Dr. Marneé Crawford said. “The hybrid delivery mirrors the NWC LPN program, facilitates a seamless transition for LPNs into the RN program and responds to working students’ request to provide online and hybrid course delivery options.” 

Dr. Crawford encourages LPNs who are interested in the RN program in Cody to watch the website for their first opportunity to apply for the “Advanced Placement” option in fall 2020 and their opportunity to enter in the spring of 2021.

Students enrolled in the program in Cody will follow the same admission process, entrance criteria and the NWC Nursing Student Handbook as students on the NWC Powell campus. The exception is that students must meet with Director of Nursing or the Nursing Program Coordinator to ensure understanding of the hybrid nature of the RN program in Cody.

“We’re excited about this new opportunity for nursing education to reach more students interested in nursing and supporting the needs for a strong nursing workforce for this region of Wyoming,” Dr. Crawford said.

Interested students must apply by Friday, Nov. 1 at https://www.nwc.edu/nursing/.

For more information, contact Dr. Crawford at Marnee.Crawford@nwc.edu or 307-754-6474.