Concept-Based Curriculum

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, we prepare nurses for successful practice in a rapidly changing health care system and exploding information age. We do more than pass along today’s facts and best practices. We prepare our baccalaureate graduates to lead to the future of health and healthcare, for Wisconsin and the world.

Our innovative, concept-based approach to teaching and learning will help you to build critical thinking skills that you can apply across cultures, lifespans, illnesses, and care settings. We provide you with knowledge and experience to use in real-life situations of all kinds, preparing you to navigate, manage and apply the latest evidence and information to your practice. 

Our curriculum is based on five core concepts:

  • Professional nursing leadership: Expand your understanding of ethics, collaboration, advocacy, global health, and technology across a variety of roles and environments.
  • Person, family, community, and systems-centered care: Explore how varied perspectives and dynamics inform our approaches to health care.
  • Health and illness: Study health and illness on multiple levels, from how our cells work to how we think, feel and react.
  • Health care context and systems: Evaluate how law, policy, financing, and system factors impact health outcomes across populations.
  • Scholarship for evidence-based practice: Discern how research and evidence can be applied in your practice to improve health and health care outcomes.

We realize the enormous impact nurses have, locally and globally. Our program is designed to do more than prepare nurses to do a job. We prepare nurses to lead—in making discoveries, enhancing systems, and improving health.