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Wisconsin RN Programs

Complete list of state approved pre-licensure registered nurse education programs

Earn your ADN degree or BSN degree in Wisconsin

RN Nursing Programs in Wisconsin

Nurses care for individuals of all ages, regardless of race, community, religion and cultural background. In the early days nursing care was provided by men and women serving punishment and gave nurses a very lowly reputation. Today nursing is one of the most respected professions in the health care industry.


Nursing practice is performed in a wide range of settings such as nursing people in their own homes, nursing people in acute and long term care, nursing children and nursing people with mental health problems. In a medical center or hospital, nurses perform within their area of specialization and also perform general nursing responsibilities. Nurses regularly work on teams of health care providers and contribute in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care programs. Some common nursing specialty areas are cardiac, orthopedic, obstetrics, oncology, and intensive care.

The RN programs in Wisconsin are geared towards producing professional nurses committed to providing nursing care and promoting health in all aspects. In Wisconsin, there are private schools and public schools where you can obtain nursing education. They may vary by cost and requirements, but they all follow similar nursing curriculum for a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree at the undergraduate level. All Wisconsin RN schools are for those who intend to become a registered nurse in the state of Wisconsin. Before you are allowed to practice as a Wisconsin RN you have to complete a state-approved Wisconsin RN program, pass the NCLEX–RN licensing examination and complete a criminal history background check.

The two most common education programs offered at Wisconsin RN schools are: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The following minimum requirements apply to both program types: at least two full academic years of foundation subjects and major subjects, including a theory-based segment. Most study programs include course work in the following subjects: Pharmacology, Social and Biological Sciences, Mental Health Care, Medical-Surgical nursing. Programs also include a clinical component where students will learn and practice in an actual hospital or medical facility under the supervision of a registered nurse and/or nurse educator.

Both degree programs (ADN & BSN) meet the minimum nurse education requirements, but many hospitals prefer baccalaureates to associate degree nurses because they have more in-depth knowledge and more experience in clinical settings. Health care administrators want to ensure that patients receive the highest level of service and care available, so they choose their staff accordingly. Nurses with their BSN degree usually receive higher salaries and have greater opportunities for promotion to supervisory positions, administrative positions and nursing specialty positions. There is a growing need for nurses all over the country because of growing population, high demand for quality health care and large number of current nurses approaching retirement age.



Associates Degree RN Programs in Wisconsin

Blackhawk Technical College

Janesville, WI
(608) 757-7678

Bryant and Stratton College

Milwaukee, WI
(414) 302-7007, x581

Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, WI
(414) 410-4390

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eau Claire, WI
(715) 833-6419

College of Menominee Nation

Keshena, WI
(800) 567-2344

Fox Valley Technical College

Appleton, WI
(920) 831-4375

Gateway Technical College

Kenosha, WI
(262) 564-2694

Herzing University

Madison, WI
(608) 395-3432

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College

Hayward, WI
(715) 634-4790, x170

Lakeshore Technical College

Cleveland, WI
(920) 693-1661

Madison Area Technical College

Madison, WI
(608) 246-6674

Mid-State Technical College

Wisconsin Rapids, WI
(715) 422-5510

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee, WI
(414) 297-6241

Moraine Park Technical College

West Bend, WI
(262) 335-5757

Nicolet Area Technical College

Rhinelander, WI
(715) 365-4637

Northcentral Technical College

Wausau, WI
(715) 803-1356

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Green Bay, WI
(920) 498-5482

Rasmussen College Green Bay

Green Bay, WI
(920) 593-8400

Rasmussen College Wausau

Wausau, WI
(715) 841-8050

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Fennimore, WI
(608) 822-2471

Waukesha County Technical College

Pewaukee, WI
(262) 691-5368

Western Technical College

LaCrosse, WI
(608) 785-9168

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Rice Lake

Rice Lake, WI
(715) 234-7082, x5275

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Ashland

Ashland, WI
(715) 234-7082, x5275

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – New Richmond

New Richmond, WI
(715) 234-7082, x5275

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Superior

Superior, WI
(715) 234-7082, x5275



We try to keep our nursing school listings as updated as possible. Periodically new schools open, old schools close, phone numbers change, accreditation is granted to new nursing programs, etc. If you notice information on our site that requires updating please email us and let us know what changes need to be made.

Accredited Wisconsin RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Wisconsin. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Wisconsin, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

BSN Degree RN Programs in Wisconsin

Alverno College

Milwaukee, WI
(262) 382-6277

Bellin College of Nursing

Green Bay, WI
(920) 433-7950

Carroll University

Waukesha, WI
(262) 650-4927

Columbia College of Nursing/Mount Mary

Milwaukee, WI
(414) 326-2301

Concordia University Wisconsin

Mequon, WI
(262) 243-4452

Edgewood College

Madison, WI
(608) 663-2292

Herzing University – Brookfield

Brookfield, WI
(262) 671-0675, x465

Herzing University – Kenosha

Kenosha, WI
(262) 671-0675, x465

Maranatha Baptist Bible College

Watertown, WI
(920) 206-4043

Marian College

Fond du Lac, WI
(920) 923-8094

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
(414) 288-3821

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI
(414) 277-4516

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WI
(715) 836-4977

University of Wisconsin Madison

Madison, WI
(608) 263-5155

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI
(414) 229-4189

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Oshkosh, WI
(920) 424-3089

Viterbo University

LaCrosse, WI
(608) 796-3687


Resources for Wisconsin Nurses and Nursing Students in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Board of Nursing
Wisconsin Nurses Association
Wisconsin League For Nursing
Wisconsin Student Nurses Association
Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals
State of Wisconsin Financial Aid Programs
Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources for Nursing Students
2010-2011 Registered Nurses Occupational Outlook

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