Rock Springs has a general population of 18,708 and an overall student population of 4,079. Approximately 4,079 of Rock Springs's students are enrolled in schools that offer nursing programs.
Western Wyoming Community College is the largest nursing school in Rock Springs, based on student population. In 2010, Western Wyoming Community College graduated approximately 42 students from its nursing program.
In 2010, 77 students graduated with a nursing certificate in Rock Springs. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $7,852 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Rock Springs nursing schools was an average of $11,116 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $800 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a nursing program in Rock Springs. And if you live on campus at one of the Rock Springs-based nursing schools, you will have an added expense of $4,023 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $4,794.
If you plan on staying in Rock Springs after graduating from nursing school, you should know that job prospects for nurses in Rock Springs, which is the most popular nursing profession, are good. In 2010, of the 4,840 nurses in Wyoming, 690 were working in the greater Rock Springs area. The number of nurses in Rock Springs is expected to increase by 28% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for nurses.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a nurse in Rock Springs is $56,440 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for nurses.