Though there are only 180 NPs (BLS, 2012) in the state, Wyoming nurse practitioners have a large degree of professional autonomy. A collaborative practice agreement with a physician is not required for NP practice in Wyoming. Perhaps that's why many nurse practitioners in Wyoming work independently in primary care. Wyoming nurse practitioners earn an annual mean income of $86,480, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012).
Becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming can be achieved two ways: The University of Wyoming offers a Master's Degree in Nursing that will prepare you as a Nurse Practitioner with either a Family or Psychiatric Focus. If these focus areas are not what you are looking for, the schools in the featured box offer online courses that will allow you to earn your NP degree as well. Please request information from all of the schools, so that you are aware of all of your options.
- University of Wyoming. Located in Laramie, the University of Wyoming offers a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner track with an emphasis on rural primary care. The DNP program is slated to start in the summer of 2012.
- Georgetown University. Though located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University offers online NP programs that are accessible to nurses in Wyoming. Students can select either a Family Nurse Practitioner program or the Nurse Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program. Classes are web-based, and Georgetown faculty work with students to arrange clinical experiences close to home.
- Drexel University. Based in Philadelphia, Drexel University offers a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program online. Adult Acute Care and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs are also available online, but both of those programs require visits to the Philadelphia campus.