WCTC AAS Nursing-Associate Degree to UWM RN to BS in Nursing Completion

The Nursing AAS degree at WCTC prepares students to become registered nurses. Coursework covers educational concepts such as:

  • Professional nursing standards of integrity and responsibility
  • Communicating information using multiple sources
  • Theory-informed decision-making
  • Nursing care for diverse populations
  • Teamwork in a health care setting
  • Safe and effective care practices

The Nursing Completion BS at UWM provides additional education for registered nurses. Students grow professionally, learn leadership concepts and build relationships with peers. 

Both programs emphasize:

  • Practical communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal relations

The Nursing Completion BS may be taken in-person, fully online or through the Flexible Options program. 

The transfer pathway below follows the Wisconsin Technical College System articulation agreement between WCTC’s AAS in Nursing & the RN to BS in Nursing completion program at UWM. To have as many courses transfer as possible, follow the course substitutions marked with an asterisk. 

For more information about nursing transfer pathways between WCTC and UWM, fill out the below form:


WCTC Courses and the UWM Equivalent

WCTC CourseCreditsUWM CourseUWM Requirement
801-136 English Composition3ENGLISH 101Elective/Prereq for English 102
801-198 Speech*3COMMUN 103Humanities GER
806-177 General Anatomy & Physiology4BIO SCI 202A&P I
806-179 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology4BIO SCI 203Natural Science with lab GER/A&P II
806-197 Microbiology4BIO SCI 101Natural Science with lab GER/Microbiology
809-188 Developmental Psychology3NURS 203Social Science/Cultural Diversity GER/Growth & Development
809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies*3SOCIOL 224Social Science GER/Sociology
809-198 Intro to Psychology3PSYCH 101Social Science GER/General Psychology
543-101 Nursing Fundamentals
543-102 Nursing Skills
543-103 Nursing Pharmacology
543-104 Nursing: Intro to Clinical Practice
543-105 Nursing Health Alterations
543-106 Nursing Health Promotion
543-107 Nursing Clinical Care across Lifespan
543-108 Nursing Intro to Clinical Care Management
543-109 Nursing Complex Health Alterations I
543-110 NSG: Mental Health & Communication Concepts
543-111 NSG: Intermediate Clinical Practice
543-112 Nursing Advanced Skills
543-113 NSG: Complex Health Alterations II
543-114 Nursing Management & Professional Concepts
543-115 Nursing Advanced Clinical Practice
543-116 Nursing Clinical Transition
33Block credit transfer to reach 60Associate Degree in Nursing
Total WCTC Credits60
*Recommended substitution or elective

UWM Courses to Fulfill Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

UWM CourseCreditsUWM Requirement
ENGLISH 1023Oral & Written Communication – Part A
MATH 102,103, 105, 108, or other3Quantitative Literacy – Part A
Language Other than English0-8May be met by two years of high school or two semesters of college
Various course options3Art GER
Various course options3Humanities GER
Various course options0-3History Requirement (may also apply Humanities GER)
CHEM 1015Natural Science/Chemistry
CHEM 1035Natural Science/Biochemistry
BMS 232 Intro to Nutrition3Natural Science/Nutrition
UWS NSG 407 Found Prof Nursing Practice3Nursing major requirement
UWS NSG 441 Chronic Care Management3Nursing major requirement
UWS NSG 446 Research, Evidence-Based Practice3Nursing major requirement/Quantitative Literacy – Part B
UWS NSG 447 Leadership & Management3Nursing major requirement
UWS NSG 453 Information Management & Healthcare Tech3Nursing major requirement
UWS NSG 454 Community Health Nursing3Nursing major requirement
NURS 445 Capstone Seminar & Practicum3Nursing major requirement/Oral & Written Communication – Part B
UWS NSG/NURS coursework – varies9Nursing Electives
Coursework as needed to reach 1246Electives
Total UWM Credits64
Total WCTC & UWM Credits124