Wisconsin RN to MSN / Masters in Nursing Programs
(found programs from 13 schools)

State Nursing Board: Wisconsin Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Wisconsin Nurses Association


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Wisconsin is in the midst of a nursing shortage that experts predict will worsen before it gets better. The gap between RN supply and demand will increase to 35 percent by the year 2035, says the Wisconsin Office of Economic Advisors. More nurses are clearly needed to meet the demand, but churning out more nurses will require additional nurse instructors and faculty members. While a PhD is generally required to teach BSN students, a MSN degree is sufficient to teach LPN and basic RN students. MSN-prepared nurses can also lead clinical sessions for BSN students. Nurses interested in pursuing a career in education should have little problem finding a job. According to the Wisconsin Nurse Faculty Shortage Task Force, there's currently a four percent vacancy rate for MSN-level nurse faculty positions.

Master's-prepared nurses also work as advanced practice nurses in the state of Wisconsin. A 2010 survey by the Wisconsin Center for Nursing found that the state has over 3,000 MSN-prepared advanced practice nurses. That number includes nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists.

MSN programs for Wisconsin nurses include:

  • Marquette University. Marquette's graduate nursing programs have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation. Their nurse midwifery program ranks 19th in the nation. Marquette also offers MSN education for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse leaders and nurse administrators. A direct-entry option is available for students who lack a BSN but hold a bachelor's degree in another field.
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison. Wisconsin's flagship school offers a dual MSN/MPH degree for students who wish to become public health educators or administrators. MSN degrees are also available for nurses interested in careers as nurse educators.

Programs from Wisconsin Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in Wisconsin.

Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist / Nurse Educator, Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Bellin College of Nursing (Green Bay, WI)
Program Name: Nurse Administrator Track, Nurse Educator Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Concordia University-Wisconsin (Mequon, WI)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse Educator (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Edgewood College (Madison, WI)
Program Name: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Herzing University (Madison, WI)
Program Name: MS - Nursing Education (online), MS - Nursing Management (online)
Marian University of Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac, WI)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Adult CNS, Adult NP, Clinical Nurse Leader, Health Care Systems Leadership, MBA/MSN, Nurse-Midwifery, Older Adults CNS, Older Adults NP, Pediatric Acute Care NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP/CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI)
Program Name: Adult NP, Family NP, Medical-Surgical CNS, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Lacrosse, WI)
Program Name: MS in Biology
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
Program Name: MS/MPH
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Leader (online), Educator (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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