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The registered nursing profession is by far Wisconsin's most popular healthcare career, with 56,870 RNs across the state. Registered nurses can complete their initial training in just two to four years. They earn excellent starting salaries and enjoy an abundance of employment opportunities.

Responsibilities of registered nurses
As an RN, you can choose to work in a variety of healthcare facilities such as private doctors' offices, hospitals, specialty clinics, and public health centers. You will be responsible for many different tasks including supervising other nurses, maintaining patients' medical records, dressing wounds and incisions, reviewing patients' treatment plans, and evaluating their progress.

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Training requirements and course duration
There are two routes to becoming an RN in Wisconsin: earning an associate's degree (ADN) or earning a bachelor of science degree (BSN). An associate's degree takes roughly two years to earn; a bachelor's degree requires four years of study. In either case, once you finish your program, you will need to pass the NCLEX-RN exam before you can obtain your registered nursing license.

Average wages and career outlook
As of 2011, the average annual salary for all registered nurses in Wisconsin was $64,800. This figure was reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is a bit lower than the national average, which was $69,110 per year. Furthermore, the Bureau expects this field to grow by 19 percent through 2022.

To begin your registered nursing career in Wisconsin, you will need to enroll in an approved school. To help you accomplish this, you will find some of the top RN schools in the state listed below.

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Best Wisconsin RN programs by NCLEX score

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Carroll University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Waukesha County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.9% 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)
Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Fox Valley Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
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)
Moraine Park Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Western Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Lakeshore Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Blackhawk Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Mid-State Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Nicolet College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.1% 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)
Herzing University - Madison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Viterbo University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Bryant & Stratton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Madison Area Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Edgewood College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Alverno College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Bellin College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Northcentral Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
College of Menominee Nation
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% 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)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Marquette University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Marian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Columbia College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Gateway Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Cardinal Stritch University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-3 2013)
Rasmussen College - Wausau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Herzing University - Brookfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Rasmussen College - Green Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-3 2013)
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Herzing University - Kenosha
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 99.1% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Carroll University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Waukesha County Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Concordia University Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Fox Valley Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
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
Moraine Park Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Western Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Lakeshore Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Blackhawk Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Mid-State Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Nicolet College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.1% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.8% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Herzing University - Madison
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Viterbo University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Bryant & Stratton College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Madison Area Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.8% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Edgewood College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Alverno College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Bellin College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Northcentral Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
College of Menominee Nation
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.7% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Direct Entry MSN
Marquette University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.6% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Direct Entry MSN
Marian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.2% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Columbia College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.1% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Gateway Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Cardinal Stritch University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.8% 2012 to Q1-3 2013
Rasmussen College - Wausau
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.4% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Herzing University - Brookfield
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66.7% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Rasmussen College - Green Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing 65.6% 2012 to Q1-3 2013
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 33.3% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Herzing University - Kenosha
Bachelor of Science in Nursing