Wisconsin Nursing Schools

As of November 18th, 2017 we have programs across 42 nursing schools in Wisconsin. You’ll be able to find different courses that cover an extensive range of topics that include but not limited to Direct Entry MSN, LPN-BSN and PhD. You can take these and a range of other course/degree options from schools that include Baker College Online, Keiser University, The University of Texas at Arlington - Online. If you’re looking for other states to start or further your studies we cover programs across the U.S. such as Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

State Nursing Board: Wisconsin Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Wisconsin Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association

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As the health care industry changes and adapts to new laws, it's important for the state of Wisconsin to keep up with expectations in this field. How are Wisconsin employers preparing for higher care standards, stricter staffing requirements, and an increase in patients? They are hiring more nurses to care for patients, maintain documentation, work alongside doctors, and communicate effectively with patients and their families.

If you're considering a career in this field, learn more about nursing programs in Wisconsin by contacting the schools listed below.

The field of nursing is a good fit for any professional who wants to improve patients' lives and get established in health care. The amount of male nursing students is on the rise, indicating an increase in popularity and a growing need for nurses.

Interview with American Assembly for Men in Nursing

Nursing Education in Wisconsin

Nursing education is known for being a huge priority in the state of Wisconsin. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports on nursing education standards in Oshkosh, where nurses learn about far more than just patient care. Students must build up their critical thinking skills, their communication skills, and the health care industry as a whole.

As is the case in many other Midwestern states, Wisconsin has a nursing shortage that mainly affects its rural areas. Local nursing schools aim to solve this shortage by sending nursing students and graduates to underserved rural areas.

By looking at the curricula of local nursing schools, you can figure out exactly what you'll learn as a nursing student and if you're up for the challenge. Keep in mind, of course, that courses differ between degree levels, schools, and individual programs. In your curriculum, you may find classes like Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Ethics in Nursing Care, Patient Care Standards in Nursing, Professional Nursing Standards, and Nursing Care of Adults.

In addition to completing your classroom hours, you have to meet or exceed the clinical requirements of your nursing program. The actual amount of hours you spend in clinical settings depends on which type of degree you plan on earning. However, don't be surprised if you spend more than 500 hours in local nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals.

Wisconsin schools, employers, and associations are known for their selection of financial aid opportunities. Learning about opportunities near you can help you save money on your education. Look at the many financial aid programs funded by the State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board. Through the Wisconsin Nurses Foundation, you can apply for several competitive grants and scholarships. Members of the Wisconsin League for Nursing may also qualify for grants.

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Working as a Nurse in Wisconsin

Licensed practical nurses, who may work under doctors or registered nurses, may have a solid job outlook upon graduation. Between 2012 and 2022, job openings may increase by 12%, according to O*Net. The average salary for a Wisconsin LPN is $43,820 per year (BLS, 2016).

The future may also be bright for registered nurses. Job openings may increase by 14% through 2022 (O*Net, 2012). Registered nurses earn an average of $67,930 per year (BLS, 2016).

After you finish your degree, it's important to contact the Wisconsin Board of Nursing to start the process of getting your nursing license. With a nursing license, you can legally work in health organizations around the state.

A nursing degree could change your future and the state of health care in Wisconsin. Learn more about local opportunities by reaching out to nursing programs in Wisconsin now.

Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in Wisconsin include Aurora Saint Luke's Medical Center, Saint Joseph's Hospital, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Nursing Degree Programs in Wisconsin

Transition programs for nurses:

Graduate programs for nurses:

Entry level nursing programs:

MSN Programs from Wisconsin Schools

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

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:

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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
Kaplan University (Learning Center - Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN - Executive Leader, MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Informatics
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