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Public colleges and universities are state-supported institutions of higher learning. State (or county) residents enjoy lower tuition fees at public schools, which can drive considerable cost savings for students. Since public schools reserve a significant number of seats for local residents, the admissions process is often more accessible. Public colleges and universities also have diverse student bodies and large class sizes, providing a range of opportunities for students to pursue their interests.

Wisconsin public nursing programs
Wisconsin has two types of public schools with accredited nursing programs. The state’s network of community and technical colleges provides shorter vocational nursing programs, including the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and the certificate in licensed practical nursing (LPN). The University of Wisconsin system, one of the largest public university systems in the country, offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degrees in registered nursing (RN) at its campuses in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, and Oshkosh. All of Wisconsin’s public schools offer significant resources and amenities for student use. Several of the universities also host affiliated hospitals on campus that provide students clinical nursing experience.

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Career outlook
Graduates of Wisconsin’s public schools can earn attractive nursing pay in several roles. The state’s 10,000 LPNs typically earn $37,000-47,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wisconsin’s 56,000 RNs receive average compensation of $63,000 per year, although nurses with baccalaureate education often earn $73,000 or more annually. Newly minted nurses can seek employment with major local healthcare networks like Maxim Healthcare Services and Aurora Healthcare.

To help prospective nurses make an informed choice, we have identified Wisconsin’s best public nursing programs. You’ll find them listed below by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Green Bay

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Madison

Madison Area Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
School City Programs offered
Madison Area Technical College Madison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD

Milwaukee

Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Moraine Park Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Waukesha County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Moraine Park Technical College West Bend
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Wisconsin cities

Blackhawk Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fox Valley Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Gateway Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lakeshore Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mid-State Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Nicolet College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northcentral Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthetist
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Gateway Technical College Kenosha
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Hayward
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Nicolet College Rhinelander
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northcentral Technical College Wausau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthetist
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Technical College La Crosse
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate