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Wisconsin’s healthcare industry has boomed. Some estimates project that the state will see a double-digit increase in nursing jobs over the next decade. To support this growing sector, Milwaukee offers a number of state-approved nursing programs. Graduates can pursue employment at major local healthcare providers like Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Community Memorial Hospital. It is critical for prospective students to find the right program before embarking on their nursing careers.

Nursing roles
The three main types of nursing roles are certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). CNAs provide bedside and quality-of-life care for sick, injured, and elderly patients in a hospital or nursing facility. LPNs execute a broader range of healthcare tasks, including recording vital signs, dressing wounds, preparing injections, monitoring medical equipment, and collecting samples for testing. RNs play the most independent role in administering critical patient care, working in tandem with doctors and physicians.

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Education pathways
Prospective students can select from a variety of degree and certificate programs. CNA certificates are offered at over 15 community and technical colleges across Wisconsin. Prospective LPNs must complete a lengthier certificate program, typically 12 to 18 months in length, and successfully pass a national licensure exam. Aspiring RNs in Wisconsin can complete a prelicensure associate’s or bachelor’s degree program; they must also successfully pass a national licensure exam. The Milwaukee metropolitan area has over a dozen accredited nursing schools, including Columbia College of Nursing, Marquette University, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Employment prospects
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Milwaukee area employs over 30,000 nurses, including 10,000 CNAs, 2,600 LPNs, and 18,000 RNs. The median annual salary for each role is $25,910, $46,130, and $65,540, respectively.

To better profile all of Milwaukee’s nursing programs, we have compiled below a comprehensive list of nursing schools throughout the metropolitan area.

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Milwaukee nursing schools by NCLEX score

Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street | Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Moraine Park Technical College
2151 North Main Street | West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carroll University
100 North East Avenue | Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 North Lake Shore Drive | Mequon, Wisconsin 53097
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 West State Street | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bryant & Stratton College - Bayshore
500 Silverspring Road, Suite K340 | Glendale, Wisconsin 53217
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa
10950 West Potter Road | Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1025 North Broadway | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Alverno College
3400 South 43rd Street | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53234
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
2200 East Kenwood Boulevard | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • 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
Marquette University
1250 West Wisconsin Avenue | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • 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
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Columbia College of Nursing
4425 North Port Washington Road | Glendale, Wisconsin 53212
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cardinal Stritch University
6801 North Yates Road | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wisconsin Lutheran College
8800 West Bluemound Road | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-3 2013)
Herzing University - Brookfield
555 South Executive Drive | Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005
  • 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
Mount Mary University
2900 North Menomonee River Parkway | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222
  • Nursing 1-2-1 Partnership
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Waukesha County Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Moraine Park Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.8% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Milwaukee Area Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bryant & Stratton College - Bayshore Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 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
Alverno College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
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
Marquette University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.6% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
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
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Columbia College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.1% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cardinal Stritch University Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
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
Mount Mary University Nursing 1-2-1 Partnership
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion