Three degree programs
The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a two-year course sequence that builds on a foundation of pre-nursing study to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. As a BSN student, you will gain conceptual knowledge and apply it through hands-on experiences in simulation labs and real-world care settings.
If you already have a bachelor’s degree or higher and are interested in making a career change to nursing, this fast-track professional program will take you there. You can earn a BSN in just 12 months. This program cultivates nurse leaders who are prepared to hit the ground running.
This low-residency program is designed to help RNs with diplomas or two-year degrees complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing without relocating. Most of the program is completed online. UW–Madison provides services like advising and financial aid, as well as a unique capstone practicum that gives students an integrative educational experience.
“Ultimately, I want to be a nurse so that I can create a lasting difference in healthcare, beyond just our day-to-day experiences, and really, delve into nursing research, and answer some bigger questions that we have about healthcare and nursing.”Natalie Kustner ’18
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This innovative program is designed for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a research career. Student get hands-on research experience with a faculty mentor. Programs of study are individually planned by the student and the advisory committee and take into consideration the students’ backgrounds, goals, and interests. Satisfactory progress guarantees admission to the PhD program.
This unique degree option gives undergraduate nursing students the opportunity to seek early admission to the MPH program and enroll in selected MPH courses while completing requirements for the BSN. Students complete both degrees over five years (three years from admission to the nursing program). Graduates are prepared for a wide range of nursing and public health practice positions.
Graduates of the 18-credit School Nurse Certification Program are eligible to apply for licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. BSN students may complete the program concurrently, and BSN@Home students may complete some of the requirements concurrently and the remainder after graduation. For RNs who need to take a community health course to become a school nurse, Nursing 470 is a 3-credit online course that meets this requirement.
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Explore your interests, discover exciting ways to spend time outside of the classroom, connect with others, take care of yourself, and get support when you need it. The School of Nursing, the larger campus, and the city of Madison offer endless options to find community.
Meet our students
For Hanna Nichole Braaten, a senior in the School of Nursing’s bachelor of science in nursing program, mental health self-care comes in the form of creating art. The aspiring pediatric nurse practitioner uses various art forms for self-expression, stress management, and education. Her latest project, The Intricacies of Nursing, tells the story of her nursing school journey through stitch art.
Following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, grandmother, and aunt, Emily Hanna is the fourth in her family to take part in UW’s nursing program. The generations of women in her family who studied nursing before her served as inspiration and motivation for her to pursue the same path.
BSN students provided services for people with a broad spectrum of disabilities and practiced nursing skills in a new School of Nursing summer respite camp immersion course.
Just two years after launching a new project designed to increase the number of Native American nurses in the workforce, the School of Nursing has graduated two students, Brianna Boston-Kemple and Alexandra DeSautel, from the Success Through Recruitment/Retention, Engagement, and Mentorship (STREAM) program.
The first class of students in the accelerated bachelor’s of science in nursing at the School of Nursing graduated in May 2019, after a year of intensive training. The one-year ABSN program responds to Wisconsin's shortage of nurses, while offering adults a second chance at a satisfying, well-paying job.
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