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This pathway of the RN to MN program prepares RN graduates for advanced generalist practice at the point of care with a nursing master’s. This program provides the groundwork for practice as a clinical nurse leader.

Students who choose the nursing master’s program will have a jump-start on the nursing core courses (nine credits), which will be taken during the RN to BS program. Upon admission to the RN to MN program, students complete the remaining 33 required credits in the post-licensure MN curriculum, for a total of 42 graduate credits for the MN.

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Certification Eligibility

Nursing certification is important to students, alumni and the health care facilities they work in.

Graduates of the UWM Master of Nursing are eligible to complete the Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) Certification examination. CNLs are providers and managers of patient care. They design, implement and evaluate care by coordinating, delegating and supervising the services provided by their team, which includes licensed nurses, technicians and other health professionals.

Jump-start your MN while finishing your BS

The Master of Nursing (MN) prepares graduates for advanced generalist practice in culturally diverse urban communities at the point of care. Students complete undergraduate coursework initially leading to a BS in nursing, followed by graduate level courses leading to the master’s degree.

Thirty nursing credits from your previous degree in nursing are awarded upon completion of one of the advanced nursing courses with a minimum grade of “B-” or higher.

WCTS Articulation Agreement for A.D.N. graduates of May 1996 or later will have a minimum total of 30 non-nursing credits applied to the UWM degree.

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UWM General Education Courses

English Composition II3
Growth and Development3
(or Pharmacology, Pathophysiology,
Biology, Genetics or Heredity)
Anatomy & Physiology I & II6-8
Electives 16-22

Advanced Nursing Courses (30 Total Credits)

Course Course NumberCredits
Foundations of Professional Nursing PracticeNURS 4073
Chronic Care ManagementNURS 4413
Research & Evidence-Based PracticeNURS 4463
Leadership & ManagementNURS 4473
Information Management & Healthcare TechnologyNURS 4533
Community Health NursingNURS 4543
Nursing Elective3
Evidence-Based Practice INURS 7253
BiostatisticsNURS 7203
Health PromotionNURS 7123

Master in Nursing Courses (33 Total Credits)

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Advanced PharmacologyNURS 7073
Physiological Basis of Advanced Nursing PracticeNURS 7533
Comprehensive Assessment of HealthNURS 7543
EpidemiologyNURS 7273
Leading and Managing in Systems of CareNURS 7093
Evidence-Based Care ManagementNURS 7233
Care Management PracticumNURS 7343
Outcomes and Quality ManagementNURS 7503
Information Systems for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7733
Health PolicyNURS 8033
MN ResidencyNURS 7893

Other Requirements

There are other requirements that may or may not apply. Please reach out to an advisor to receive a transcript evaluation.

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Foreign Language
  • Math and/or English Competencies
Donna Wier
  • Senior Advisor

The masters degree program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education The program is also approved by the State of Wisconsin Board of Nursing.