Becoming an LPN in Wyoming

Wyoming strives for high standards of care and service to the community, believing in the value of continued education and professional growth and development for its nurses and health care providers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wyoming could see an increase of up to 8% licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs by 2024. Individuals are encouraged to meet this growing demand for nurses and become an LPN in the state by meeting education requirements and applying by exam or by endorsement if he or she is an LPN in another state.

  • LPN Programs in Wyoming

    ProgramDetails
    Casper College
    125 College Dr, Casper, WY 82601
    (307) 268-2100 Visit Homepage
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    Laramie County Community College
    1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82007
    (307) 778-5222 Visit Homepage
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    Northwest College
    231 West 6th St, Powell, WY 82435
    (800) 560-4692 Visit Homepage
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    Sheridan College
    300 West Sinclair, Gillette, WY 82718
    (307) 686-0254 Visit Homepage
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    Western Wyoming Community College
    2500 College Drive, Rock Springs, WY 82901
    (307) 382-1600 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • Wyoming LPN Licensing Requirements

    Wyoming requires students to attend approved nursing programs to become an LPN in the state. They must also sit and pass the NCLEX exam once coursework is complete.

    In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:

    • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program, showing date of graduation and type of degree.
    • Copy of your social security card and driver’s license (lawful presence).
    • Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
    • Fingerprint card and criminal background check.

    Applications and Forms (https://nursing-online.state.wy.us/Default.aspx?page=34)

    LPNs from out of state can apply for their license in the state of Wyoming by endorsement. The applicant must submit the appropriate form and include:

    • Verification of current licensure (in good standing).
    • Copy of your social security card and driver’s license (lawful presence).
    • Fingerprint card and criminal background check.
    • Meet 1 continued competency requirements (500 hours as an LPN in the last 2 years or 1600 hours in 5 years, 20 hours continued education in the last 2 years, a refresher course in the last 5 years, certification in a specialty area within the last 5 years, or passed the NCLEX-PN within the last 5 years).

    For those who've studied abroad and hold a comparable license in another country, can apply for a license in Wyoming, but must submit the following for consideration:

    • Request an official transcript (with translation).
    • Proof of English proficiency.
    • Verification of current LPN license.
    • Sit for and pass the NCLEX exam.

    Wyoming LPN licenses expire every 2 years and has competency requirements to renew—the licensee must have worked 1600 hours in the last 5 years or 500 hours in the last 2 years for renewal.

    Additional WY Nursing Resources

    Wyoming State Board of Nursing

    2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 110
    Cheyenne, WY 82002
    Phone: (307) 777-7601
    Fax: (307) 777-3519
    http://nursing.state.wy.us

    1. Wyoming Nurses Association (http://www.wyonurse.org)

  • LPN Salary: Wyoming vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Wyoming LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Wyoming was $44,400; $1,200 more than national median. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Wyoming (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=56&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict an 8% increase in LPN jobs in Wyoming by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 30 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    Wyoming Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Wyoming. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Casper160$21.17$44,030
    Cheyenne150$20.14$41,890