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The RN to BSN program at UW-Milwaukee is 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 three modalities, in person, online and competency based assessment to complete their BS in Nursing.

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On Campus, Online
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What makes our program distinguished?

Our program consists of one curriculum delivered in three modes: face-to-face, 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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The UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing offers the flexibility of three 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, in-person and competency-based assessment. Prelicensure Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students can request permission to take courses to satisfy requirements for BSN completion.

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BSN@Work and School

See the full listing of face-to-face courses (PDF) taught at local hospitals and technical schools.

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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/MATC Partnership

The UWM College of Nursing and the MATC School of Health Sciences offer collaborative programs that lead to both the associate degree in nursing (ADN) and the baccalaureate degree in nursing (BS-Nursing). There are two options: the ADN to BSN Program – The 3+1 Program, or the Direct Admit Program.

2020-2021 RN to BS Student Handbook (PDF)

Course Requirements: 124 credits

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

  • 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

Prelicensure ADN Course Offerings

Prelicensure ADN Course OfferingsCourse Number30 credits
Health Assessment3173
Global Health: Ethics and Human Rights3653
Clinical Pharmacology3693
Genetics and Genomics for Health Professionals3753
Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice4073
Research & Evidence-Based Practice4463
Mental Health Nursing Across the Care Continuum4483
Information Management & Healthcare Technology4533
Community Health Nursing4543

Each student in every mode of the RN to BS Program will complete a clinical capstone experience in NURS 445. The program is designed to schedule your clinical capstone as your final course in the program. The clinical capstone can occur in any setting where capstone students are able to engage in quality improvement while maintaining the professional standards of nursing under the guidance of a preceptor. Clinical capstones consist of 60 hours of dedicated work on the quality improvement project. Students are encouraged to complete their clinical capstone hours within the setting in which they are currently employed. 

Additional information regarding clinical capstone can be obtained from academic affairs and the RN to BS Canvas Orientation Site. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a clinical component?

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). CCNE requires that all students in RN- BSN programs have a clinical component to their degree program to enable them to apply and integrate new knowledge in a clinical setting.

Do I need to take time off of work to complete clinical capstone hours? Can I complete my clinical hours on evenings and weekends?

Most of our RN to BSN students work full time and need to find a way to complete the required 60 clinical project hours. Clinical hours can be completed at whatever time is negotiable between the student and preceptor.

Do I need to have a preceptor?

Yes – a nurse preceptor prepared at the BSN level or above (BSN, MSN, CNL or DNP) is required. Nurses prepared at the associate degree level only are not eligible to be a preceptor. MD’s are also not eligible to be preceptors.

What is the clinical project?

Capstone students in all our programs are required to complete a 60-hour quality improvement clinical project in their clinical practicum site. The capstone clinical project is meant to be a project that meets the needs of the agency and attempts to improve the outcomes of care in that agency. You will need to work with your preceptor to determine the most appropriate clinical project for your site.

When do I need to begin the process of preparing to take the 445 Capstone course?

We suggest that students begin preparing for capstone at least one full semester ahead of the date you wish to enroll in the N445 Capstone course. This allows students to complete all forms and documentation required for the clinical onboarding process at your desired clinical setting. 

How much time will it take to complete the preparation process?

For most students, it will take a minimum of four weeks. It will depend on what is required by your clinical agency or health care system. Students will want to find out what is expected by their clinical agency.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please direct your questions to academic affairs (advisor or ASC), RN to BS Canvas Orientation Site.

Sylvia Forbes
  • Statewide BSN@Home Program Coordinator
  • Program Manager
Connor Sampson
  • Advisor
Hillary Vara
  • Academic Advisor
  • Enrollment Advisors
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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.