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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS in Nursing) undergraduate RN program will prepare you to be a science-based, compassionate nurse leader through innovative and quality educational programs for all specialties and settings of practice. Students can take classes at campuses in Milwaukee, Waukesha or Parkside.

The nursing curriculum is divided into two parts: pre-nursing and the professional major. The pre-nursing portion includes two years of prerequisite courses, general education courses and electives. Students are then required to apply to the nursing major. Students will actively engage in a curriculum that prepares professional nurses to respond to current and future health care needs and population health issues. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn licensure.

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About UWM College of Nursing

As the largest College of Nursing in the state, UW-Milwaukee partners with over 160 clinical agencies to prepare graduates as beginning generalist nurses in a variety of settings. Classroom and clinical experiences provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to begin a nursing career after graduation, including critical thinking, clinical leadership, advocacy and application of the nursing process to deliver care.

The UWM College of Nursing curriculum is divided into two parts: pre-nursing and professional major.

Pre-nursing students take beginning coursework at UW-Milwaukee, UWM at Washington County, UWM at Waukesha, or through UW-Parkside, which is a consortional partner. Students need to complete the following to apply to the professional nursing major:

  • English and math competencies
  • Prerequisite nursing courses (in curriculum tab). Upon graduation, students are ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn licensure as a registered nurse.

When admitted to the professional nursing major, students engage in a curriculum that prepares them to respond to health care needs and population health issues. Upon graduation, students are ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn licensure as a registered nurse.

Undergraduate Program Handbook (PDF)

The BS in Nursing curriculum provides students an opportunity to explore health care at a broad level while completing the required UWM General Education Requirements in the first two years. The final two years of the program prepare students as professional nurses through courses, clinical experiences and simulation.

Year 1

Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
Intermediate AlgebraMATH 1053
Anatomy and Physiology IBIO SCI 2024
Intro to PsychologyPSYCH 1012
College Writing and ResearchENG 102 3
Cultural Diversity in Health CareNURS 1013
Freshman SeminarNURS 1031
Chemical ScienceCHEM 1004
Anatomy and Physiology IBIO SCI 2034
Any SociologySOC3
Social Science Elective3
Perspectives in Health CareNURS 1023

Year 2

Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
Chemical ScienceCHEM 1015
Growth and DevelopmentNURS 2033
Genetics and GenomicsNURS 2512
History and Humanities Elective3
Humanities Elective3
Survey of MicrobiologyBIO SCI 1014
Survey of BiochemistryCHEM 1034-5
Clinical NutritionBMS 3322
Art Elective3

Year 3

Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
Professional Role I: Foundations of Professional PracticeNURS 3513
Concepts of Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics INURS 3994
Health & Illness Concepts I: IntroductionNURS 3523
Health Assessment and Promotion in Nursing PracticeNURS 3983
Clinical Practicum I: FoundationsNURS 3533
Professional Role II: Provider of CareNURS 4203
Concepts of Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics IINURS 4004
Health & Illness Concepts II: Acute and Chronic ConditionsNURS 4213
Concepts of Evidence-based Nursing PracticeNURS 4193
Clinical Practicum II: Acute & Chronic ConditionsNURS 4223

Year 4

Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
Professional Role III: Interprofessional PracticeNURS 4303
Health & Illness Concepts III: LifespanNURS 4313
Health & Illness Concepts IV: Population HealthNURS 4323
Nursing Informatics and TechnologyNURS 4343
Clinical Practicum III: Population HealthNURS 4333
Professional Role IV: Leading in Complex SituationsNURS 4763
Health & Illness Concepts V: ComplexNURS 4773
Transition to Professional PracticeNURS 4803
Clinical Practicum IV: Clinical IntensiveNURS 4783
Clinical Practicum V: CapstoneNURS 4793
Connor Sampson
  • Advisor
Hillary Vara
  • Academic Advisor
Pounce Panther in UWM Nursing Scrubs
  • Central Advising, Student Affairs
Donna Wier
  • Senior Advisor
Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education http://www.ccneaccreditation.org. The program is also approved by the State of Wisconsin Board of Nursing.