Master of Nursing student RN to MN program student standing in hospital hallway

This pathway of the RN to MN program prepares RN graduates as nursing leaders and educators at the point of care with a master’s degree. This program provides the groundwork for practice as a clinical nurse leader or clinical nurse educator.

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 take the Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) or Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) 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.

CNEs are educators who provide clinical expertise to clinicians and patients through skills and education to improve health outcomes. CNEs educate not only patients but also nurses and future nurses.

Build upon your clinical expertise to become a nurse leader or nurse educator

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 followed by graduate-level courses and specialty courses leading to the master’s degree.

Students are able to choose from two pathways for this program:

  • Expedited RN entry to MN Path: students enroll as a “special student” while completing four courses in the undergraduate program while the student earns a Master of Nursing. Students in this path are associate degree nurses with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.
  • RN to BS in Nursing to MN Path: Students will complete the nursing core courses while earning a BS in Nursing, followed by graduate courses to earn the Master of Nursing.

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.

Scholarships & Funding

We understand that financial support is important to every student. A variety of options are available to help students finance their education at UWM, including over $500,000 in nursing scholarships & funding awarded annually, as well as loans, grants, student employment, fellowships, military education benefits and more. UWM offers generous aid options for students seeking to be nurse educators or nurse faculty.

Expedited RN to MN Courses

These courses are for students in the expedited path. Courses are available to students through all RN to BSN modalities including BSN at Work and School, BSN@Home and UW Flex Option (competency-based assessment).

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Chronic Care ManagementNURS 4413
Research and Evidence Based PracticeNURS 4463
Information Management and Healthcare TechnologyNURS 4533
Community Health NursingNURS 4543

RN to BS to MN Courses

These courses are for students in the RN to BS in Nursing to MN pathway.

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 of Nursing Courses

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
Care Management PracticumNURS 7343
Outcomes and Quality ManagementNURS 7503
Information Systems for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7733
Health PolicyNURS 8033

Master in Nursing Speciality Courses

Clinical Nurse Leader Track

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Outcomes and Quality ManagementNURS 7503
Information Systems for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7733
Evidence-Based Care ManagementNURS 7233
MN Residency INURS 7343
MN Residency IINURS 7893
Transformation to Clinical LeadershipNURS 6991

Clinical Nurse Educator Track

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Principles and Foundations of Adult Education,AD LDSP 7573
Using Technology with the Adult Learner,AD LDSP 7073
Fundamentals of Nursing Education,NURS 7163
MN Residency in Nursing and Health Information INURS 7183
MN Residency in Nursing and Health Information INURS 7193
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February 1
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October 1
(Spring start)

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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.

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