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The RN to BSN program at UW-Milwaukee is designed for diploma nurses, associate degree nurses and prelicensure ADN students looking for a flexible way to earn a baccalaureate degree.

The program is designed to support educational mobility and to strengthen professional growth and leadership competencies while building relationships with other highly motivated students. Students may choose from two modalities to complete their BS in Nursing.

Program Type


Program Format

On Campus, Online

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What makes our program distinguished?

Our program consists of one curriculum delivered in two modes: online or the UW-FLEX Option. Students have the option to enroll full time or part time. Graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System can earn a minimum of 60 credits applied toward their degree.

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.

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UWM Alumna Amy Walia’s Story

The UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing offers the flexibility of two modes of learning for students to complete the RN to BSN program. Students enjoy the ability to move in and out of what mode best fits their learning style and life needs. We offer online and competency-based assessments. Prelicensure Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students can request permission to take courses to satisfy requirements for BSN completion.

Learn about both RN to BSN programs now by viewing the virtual information session recording.

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Earn your degree online through the UW-System Collaborative Nursing Programs: BSN@Home.

FLEX: UW Flexible Option

Students complete competency-based assessments in place of the traditional course structure to show mastery of a subject. Learn more about this kind of competency-based, self-paced learning option at flex.wisconsin.edu.

UWM and MATC Partnership

The UWM School of Nursing and MATC School of Health Sciences offer collaborative programs that lead to both an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and the baccalaureate degree in nursing (BS-Nursing). Options include ADN to BSN, 3+1, or direct admit programs. Additionally, prelicensure ADN students may enroll as special students.

Admission Requirements

  • ADN or Nursing Diploma
  • 2.5 College GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in any state OR currently enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.

Enrolled or Planning to Enroll in an ADN Program?

Students who are currently pursuing their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) are able to take courses to fulfill the general education and nursing courses for the RN to BSN degree.

Course Requirements

The academic plan is tailored to you to fulfill 124 credits to degree completion including non-nursing courses, ADN courses, and advanced nursing courses.

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ADN courses or state credit for prior learning?

We provide an opportunity to award our RN to BSN students for work they have already completed within their ADN program and other advanced nursing courses. Students may be awarded up to 30 credits from their ADN nursing courses through our longstanding Wisconsin Technical System (WCTS) agreement. The WCTS Articulation Agreement applies to ADN graduates of May 1996 or later.

Course Requirements: 124 credits

Our advising team will meet with you to discuss a personally tailored academic plan based off of previous credits completed and additional required credits needing to be completed. Our team is able to provide you with an unofficial transcript review to determine which requirements you may need to complete.

Non-Nursing CoursesCredits
English 1023
Psychology 1013
Growth and Development3
(Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Physics , Biology,
Genetics or Heredity can be used as alternatives to Biochemistry if needed)
Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 26-8
Advanced Nursing CoursesCourse Number30 credits
Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice*4073
Chronic Care Management*4413
Research & Evidence-Based Practice*4463
Leadership & Management*4473
Information Management & Healthcare Technology*4533
Community Health Nursing*4543
Capstone Seminar and Practicum*4453
Nursing Electives9

Previous Nursing Credits

30 nursing credits are awarded to students when the advanced nursing courses above (*) are completed with a grade of C or higher. Students are awarded the additional 30 credits from the longstanding Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) agreement. The WCTS Articulation Agreement for A.D.N. graduates of May 1996 or later will have a total of 30 credits from these areas applied to the UWM degree.

Other Requirements

Some RN to BSN students may need to fulfill UWM requirements in the areas of cultural diversity, foreign language, math competency and english competency.  These additional requirements and an overall program plan can be discussed with our academic advising team.

  • Cultural Diversity – Required for students starting UWM Fall 1989 or later
  • Foreign Language – Required for students starting college Fall 1999 or later
  • Math Competency – Math 102, 103, 105, 108 or equivalent
  • English Competency – English 102 or equivalent

Every RN to BS Program student will complete NURS 445 Capstone Practicum for RNs. The program is designed to schedule your capstone as your final course in the program. NURS 445 can occur in any setting where capstone students can engage in quality improvement (QI) while maintaining the professional standards of nursing. Students focus their capstone QI project on a realistic topic pertinent to their nursing practice setting. Students will engage in the QI process to promote improved safety, quality, and outcomes in the nursing practice setting. The settings in which students complete the capstone are varied, primarily focusing on the nurse’s role within QI. Most complete capstone at their current place of employment, fostering employee engagement while implementing real-world changes in practice.  

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. CCNE requires that all students in RN to BS programs have a clinical component to their degree program to enable them to apply and integrate new knowledge in a clinical setting. Students spend at least 60 hours on the capstone QI project.  

For additional information regarding capstone please review the Frequently Asked Questions. Students will begin planning for capstone the semester prior to enrolling in capstone.  

Sylvia Forbes
  • Statewide BSN@Home Program Coordinator
  • Program Manager
Hillary Vara
  • Academic Advisor
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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.