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Nursing School

First-semester nursing student Maria Michaelidis prepares for a test on inserting a catheter in March 2012 as nursing educator Heidi Loucks observes at Casper College. The college's nursing school is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend.

Casper College’s H.E. Stuckenhoff School of Nursing will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday, the school announced Wednesday.

The program was one of the first of its kind in Wyoming when it was funded in 1969 by a grant from Dr. Stuckenhoff, said Marge Christiansen, the director of nursing there. It’s an associate’s program that graduates registered nurses who have the same work abilities as nurses who graduate with bachelor’s degrees.

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Up until the founding of the program, Casper College had a one-year licensed practical nurse degree, from which students could graduate and then transfer to the University of Wyoming to become registered nurses.

The celebration from 1-4 p.m. Saturday will include an open house in the Saunders Health Science Center, which Christiansen said will include tours of the facility and the program’s simulation areas.

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The program is unique in that it offers admissions twice a year, Christiansen said. There are 32 spots available each cycle, with as many as 70 applicants jockeying to enroll.

She said the program — and its two-year registered nurse training — is important because it helps nontraditional students get the needed training in a shorter time and be able to jump right into the local workforce.

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According to a college press release, nearly 1,800 budding nurses have graduated from the program since it began 50 years ago.

Follow education reporter Seth Klamann on Twitter @SethKlamann

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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