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Wisconsin has a plethora of four-year colleges and universities that offer nursing programs. As the healthcare industry expands rapidly, highly skilled registered nurses (RNs) are in great demand. A university education prepares these nurses for work in multiple settings and trains them for independent decision-making. Nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree are thus well-placed to find a job with significant responsibility, strong career mobility, and competitive pay. Prospective nurses should thoroughly research Wisconsin’s colleges and universities when selecting their nursing education.

Nursing programs
Most four-year institutions focus their nursing education on the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. This program equips nurses for increasingly complex and diversified nursing responsibilities. It combines theory, clinical hands-on training, laboratory work, and simulation learning experiences. Graduates of a four-year BSN program must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam in order to practice as a registered nurse. A dozen of Wisconsin’s universities also offer a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree. This graduate program prepares licensed RNs to assume specialized roles like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist. Wisconsin boasts over 25 colleges and universities that offer nursing degrees of some type, including five campuses of the University of Wisconsin system.

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Career prospects
As the healthcare industry booms, Wisconsin’s nurses have many exciting opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 56,000 RNs employed across the state who command a median annual salary of $63,260. However, BSN-educated nurses frequently earn top-quartile pay of $73,350 or more per year. Wisconsin’s RNs can seek employment with major healthcare networks like Maxim Healthcare Services or through staffing agencies like RNnetwork.

To help the state’s aspiring nurses, we have assembled below a complete list of Wisconsin’s four-year colleges and universities with nursing programs.

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Green Bay

Bellin College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Rasmussen College - Green Bay
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bellin College Green Bay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Green Bay
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Madison

Edgewood College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Herzing University - Madison
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
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
Edgewood College Madison
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Herzing University - Madison Madison
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
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

Alverno College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Bayshore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cardinal Stritch University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carroll University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Columbia College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Brookfield
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Marquette University
  • 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
  • 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
Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mount Mary University
  • Nursing 1-2-1 Partnership
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Alverno College Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Bayshore Glendale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa Wauwatosa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carroll University Waukesha
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Columbia College of Nursing Glendale
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Brookfield Brookfield
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Marquette University 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
  • 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
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mount Mary University Milwaukee
  • Nursing 1-2-1 Partnership
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Wisconsin cities

College of Menominee Nation
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herzing University - Kenosha
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Maranatha Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Marian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Wausau
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Viterbo University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: CRNA Track
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
College of Menominee Nation Keshena
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herzing University - Kenosha Kenosha
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
Maranatha Baptist University Watertown
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Marian University Fond du Lac
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Wausau Wausau
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Manitowoc
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Viterbo University La Crosse
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: CRNA Track
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion