Wisconsin LPN to RN (ADN/BSN) Programs
(found programs from 25 schools)

State Nursing Board: Wisconsin Board of Nursing

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The number of nursing graduates in Wisconsin has been growing at a rate of about 150 nurses per year. There are currently about 52,880 RNs in the state earning an average of $64,280 per year, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012). Efforts are needed to keep increasing the number of RN graduates in anticipation of an impending nursing shortage and future demand. The number of RNs will likely flatten in 2015 while the demand for nurses will rise an estimated 35 percent by 2035 as the population ages and more people gain medical coverage under health reform. About 50 percent of Wisconsin RNs work in hospitals, according to Wisconsin workforce data (2012).

Wisconsin nursing schools offer more than a dozen LPN to RN (ADN and BSN) programs. They include:

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay offers an LPN to associate degree bridge program leading to RN licensure. Aspiring students who have graduated from an LPN program already are eligible for advanced standing. Students currently in an LPN program can apply within three months of graduation or after completion of general education/pharmacology coursework. The LPN to ADN Bridge is offered full and part-time and there's often a waiting list.

Northland Technical College in East Grand Forks offers an Associate Degree Mobility Nursing program to prepare LPNs for the role of registered nurse in two semesters. Students in the program learn how to interact with other healthcare professionals and provide team leadership in clinical care. They also learn to develop individualized plans to restore, maintain, and promote patient health. LPN graduates only need to complete 36 credits of the associate degree segment to become a licensed RN.

Chippewa Valley Technical College offers a Nursing Advance Placement LPN to RN program at its Eau Claire and River Falls sites. Students completing the first year of the program meet academic requirements to take the practical nursing licensure exam. Completion of the second year prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN licensure test.

Programs from Wisconsin Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited LPN to RN programs with campus locations in Wisconsin.

Blackhawk Technical College (Janesville, WI)
Program Name: Educational Progression Program for Licensed Practical Nurses to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 92.2% (data from 2010)
Chippewa Valley Technical College (Eau Claire, WI)
Program Name: Nursing Advanced Placement (LPN to RN)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 85.6% (data from 2010)
Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN Pathway Program
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Fox Valley Technical College (Oshkosh, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN Pathway Program
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 93.6% (data from 2010)
Gateway Technical College (Elkhorn, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Gateway Technical College (Kenosha, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 89.8% (data from 2010)
Gateway Technical College (Racine, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 88.8% (data from 2010)
Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Mid-State Technical College (Marshfield, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) Articulation Program
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Mid-State Technical College (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) Articulation Program
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 88.4% (data from 2010)
Moraine Park Technical College (Fond Du Lac, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN Progression Track
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 81.1% (data from 2010)
Moraine Park Technical College (West Bend, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN Progression Track
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Nicolet Area Technical College (Rhinelander, WI)
Program Name: LPN - RN Bridge
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 87.2% (data from 2010)
Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, WI)
Program Name: Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate Degree
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 79.3% (data from 2010)
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
Program Name: Nursing Bridge Program
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
Program Name: Nursing Bridge Program
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 89.6% (data from 2010)
Northland College (Ashland, WI)
Program Name: LPN to ADN Articulation Program
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (Fennimore, WI)
Program Name: Associate Degree Nursing Progression Track
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 87.9% (data from 2010)
Waukesha County Technical College (Pewaukee, WI)
Program Name: Practical Nursing - A.D.N. Progression
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 85.3% (data from 2010)
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Ashland, WI)
Program Name: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Progression to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (New Richmond, WI)
Program Name: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Progression to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Rice Lake, WI)
Program Name: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Progression to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Shell Lake, WI)
Program Name: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Progression to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 92.5% (data from 2010)
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Superior, WI)
Program Name: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Progression to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited

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