UW Flex Option RN to BSN Earns ANCC Award

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) awarded the 2019 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award for Public Colleges and Universities to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered through the UW Flexible Option. This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.

“This is truly an honor for UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing,” said Kim Litwack, Dean, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing. “The UW Flexible Option provides an innovative way Wisconsin’s busy nurses can build on their nursing experience while expanding their critical thinking, leadership, and reflective practice skills.”

The UW Flexible Option was designed for busy working professionals as an alternative to the traditional campus-based classroom and other online formats. As a student, you can log in when it’s convenient for you—maybe after the kids go to bed, or on your day off—and complete assessments to show you’ve mastered the material.

The competency-based curriculum is designed to build on your expertise. The knowledge and skills you’ve gained in your career may help you progress through this direct assessment program faster.

Since the UW Flexible Option is not a traditional term-based program, you can get started on the first day of any month! You work with knowledgeable faculty who respect your expertise and you will also have a dedicated mentor to help you in the program. Plus, there’s no group work!

“With UW Flexible Option, you’ll earn your degree from the prestigious UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing, the largest in Wisconsin,” Dean Litwack said. “And, you learn from the same exceptional faculty who teach in our on-campus programs—a college with active practitioners.”

Just like traditional UW-Milwaukee nursing programs, this UW Flexible Option program is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved through the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.

In order to be considered for the award, UW-Milwaukee demonstrated that the UW Flexible Option RN-to-BSN degree is a programmatic innovation and:

  • Has executed and sustained this innovation for at least 12 months
  • Serves as a catalyst for change within the curriculum and/or educational mission of the institution
  • Has the potential for replication and dissemination
  • Involves teams of faculty when possible and is consistent with AACN’s mission and vision
  • Demonstrates advancement of professional nursing education

For More Information

Our enrollment advisers are available to answer any questions you have about the UW Flexible Option Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and admissions process. Call 608-262-2011 Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; by appointment; or email flex@uwex.edu.