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A bachelor of science in nursing (or "BSN") degree is an increasingly popular choice for registered nurses in Wisconsin. Aspiring nurses who enroll in a traditional BSN program -- and current nurses who enroll in an RN-to-BSN program -- are in increasing demand from hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the state.

What is a BSN?
A bachelor of science in nursing provides advanced qualification and four years of intensive training for a registered nursing career. A BSN degree can also serve as a stepping stone to earning a master of science in nursing (MSN). This graduate degree opens the door to a breadth of high-paying specialties including nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, and clinical nurse specialist.

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How do you earn a BSN?
As mentioned above, there are two ways to earn a BSN degree: through a traditional pre-licensure BSN program, or through an RN-to-BSN program tailored to the needs of working nurses. Both tracks provide the knowledge and practical skills required to work in this increasingly complex medical profession. A pre-licensure BSN program prepares aspiring nurses to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam; an acceptable score on the NCLEX paves the way for RN licensure in Wisconsin.

How much do these nurses earn?
In 2011, the average annual salary for registered nurses in Wisconsin was listed as $64,800 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bear in mind, however, that this is an average salary for all RNs in the state; those who possess a BSN degree often earn more. In fact, the average annual salary for RNs who chose to specialize was listed as $74,310.

With so many options available, finding an approved BSN program in Wisconsin may seem a bit overwhelming. To help you with your decision, we've listed some of the best programs below.

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Top Wisconsin BSN programs by NCLEX score

Carroll University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Maranatha Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Viterbo University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Edgewood College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Alverno College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bellin College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marquette University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Marian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbia College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-3 2013)
Herzing University - Brookfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Bryant & Stratton College - Bayshore
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cardinal Stritch University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Kenosha
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Herzing University - Madison
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Mount Mary University
  • Nursing 1-2-1 Partnership
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Green Bay
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Rasmussen College - Wausau
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Carroll University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Concordia University Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Maranatha Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.1% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.8% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Viterbo University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Edgewood College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Alverno College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bellin College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marquette University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.6% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Marian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.2% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbia College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.1% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.8% 2012 to Q1-3 2013
Herzing University - Brookfield
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66.7% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Bryant & Stratton College - Bayshore
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cardinal Stritch University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Kenosha
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Herzing University - Madison
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Mount Mary University
Nursing 1-2-1 Partnership
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Green Bay
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Rasmussen College - Wausau
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion