Nursing Schools in Wisconsin

Contrary to its rural image, the Midwestern state of Wisconsin has fairly large, cosmopolitan cities with Whites joined by recent Mexican, African-American and Asian migrants. Nurses who want to render care to a varied patient population may find nursing practice in this state to be a rewarding experience.

Much like the rest of the United States, Wisconsin has had to deal with the nursing shortage due to the aging workforce and many nurses approaching retirement. As of October 2010, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce and Development reports that the median age for registered nurses in the state is 45-49 years of age, older than the national average of 43.5.

There are over 40 nursing schools in Wisconsin as of 2010. The largest of these institutions is the University of Wisconsin System, with all types of nursing programs being offered in six campuses. The University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing is ranked among the top 20 nursing schools in the nation in terms of quality and research output by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Other notable nursing programs are those of Marquette University and Concordia University Wisconsin.

Prospective nursing students have to contend with long waiting lists before they can enter these nursing programs. Schools are unable to accommodate many applicants because of budget constraints and limited faculty resources. Thankfully, these problems are being addressed by schools and nursing industry officials in Wisconsin in recent years. They are working on expanding the number of nursing programs in the state covering bachelor’s degree and graduate education such as master’s and doctorate nursing programs.

Schools are strengthening their ties with other schools and facilities to share the limited clinical practice areas for students. Students can also take advantage of the increased number of scholarships, tuition reimbursements and student loans being offered by the schools and state and federal agencies. Applicants need to make the appropriate inquiries to determine what program suits them best.

Nursing education in Wisconsin is not without its share of challenges. But the many reforms being introduced bode well for future nurses. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce and Development in its 2010 report states that nursing is the profession with the greatest demand in the state. Up to 8,000 health care workers – majority of them nurses – would be needed by 2018. The huge demand is a good motivator for nursing graduates and nurses who want to render exceptional nursing care while enjoying the Midwestern lifestyle.

Employment: 53,510
Hourly Mean Wage: $30.39
Annual Mean Wage: $63,200
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

State Nursing Board: Wisconsin Board of Nursing
State Nurses Association: Wisconsin Nurses Association
State Hospital Association: Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association

Wisconsin Nursing Schools

School Name: Alverno College
Address: 3400 S 43rd St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53234-3922
Contact: (414) 382-6000
Website: www.alverno.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Bellin College
Address: 3201 Eaton Road, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311
Contact: (920) 433-6699 x6632
Website: www.bellincollege.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters in Nursing, Second Degree BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Beloit College
Address: 700 College St, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511-5595
Contact: (608) 363-2000
Website: www.beloit.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Blackhawk Technical College
Address: 6004 County Road G, Janesville, Wisconsin 53547-5009
Contact: (608) 758-6900
Website: www.blackhawk.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Bryant and Stratton College-Milwaukee
Address: 310 W. Wisconsin Avenue Suite 500, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-2608
Contact: (414) 276-5200
Website: www.bryantstratton.edu
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Bryant and Stratton College-Wauwatosa
Address: 10950 W Potter Road, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
Contact: (414) 302-7000
Website: www.bryantstratton.edu
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Cardinal Stritch University
Address: 6801 N Yates Rd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217-3985
Contact: (414) 410-4000
Website: www.stritch.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
School Name: Carroll University
Address: 100 N East Ave, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
Contact: (262) 547-1211
Website: www.carrollu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Chippewa Valley Technical College
Address: 620 W Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701-6162
Contact: (715) 833-6200
Website: www.cvtc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: College of Menominee Nation
Address: N172 State Highway 47&55, Keshena, Wisconsin 54135-1179
Contact: (715) 799-5600
Website: www.menominee.edu
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Columbia College of Nursing
Address: Milwaukee, WI
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Concordia University-Wisconsin
Address: 12800 N Lake Shore Dr, Mequon, Wisconsin 53097-2402
Contact: (262) 243-5700
Website: www.cuw.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Edgewood College
Address: 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53711-1997
Contact: (608) 663-4861
Website: www.edgewood.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Fox Valley Technical College
Address: 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912-2277
Contact: (920) 735-5600
Website: www.fvtc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Gateway Technical College
Address: 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-1690
Contact: (262) 564-2200
Website: www.gtc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Globe University
Address: Eau Claire, WI
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Herzing University
Address: 5218 E. Terrace Dr., Madison, Wisconsin 53718
Contact: (800) 582-1227
Website: www.herzing.edu
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types: One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Address: 13466 W Trepania Rd, Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
Contact: (715) 634-4790 x100
Website: www.lco.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Lakeshore Technical College
Address: 1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, Wisconsin 53015-1414
Contact: (920) 693-1000
Website: www.gotoltc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Madison Area Technical College
Address: 3550 Anderson St, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Contact: (608) 246-6100
Website: www.matcmadison.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Maranatha Baptist Bible College Inc
Address: 745 W Main St, Watertown, Wisconsin 53094
Contact: (920) 261-9300 x2320
Website: www.mbbc.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Marian University
Address: 45 S National Ave, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin 54935-4699
Contact: (920) 923-7600
Website: www.marianuniversity.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
School Name: Marquette University
Address: 615 N 11th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Contact: (414) 288-7710
Website: www.marquette.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Direct Entry MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, PhD in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Mid-State Technical College
Address: 500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
Contact: (715) 422-5500 x1
Website: www.mstc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Milwaukee Area Technical College
Address: 700 W State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
Contact: (414) 297-6370
Website: www.matc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Address: 1025 N Broadway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-3109
Contact: (800) 332-6763
Website: www.msoe.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Moraine Park Technical College
Address: 235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940
Contact: (920) 924-3207
Website: www.morainepark.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Mount Mary College
Address: 2900 N. Menomonee River Pky, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222-4597
Contact: (414) 258-4810
Website: www.mtmary.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor’s degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Nicolet Area Technical College
Address: Hwy G South, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501-0518
Contact: (715) 365-4410
Website: www.nicoletcollege.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Northcentral Technical College
Address: 1000 Campus Dr, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401-1899
Contact: (715) 675-3331
Website: www.ntc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Address: 2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54307-9042
Contact: (920) 498-5400
Website: www.nwtc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Northland College
Address: 1411 Ellis Avenue, Ashland, Wisconsin 54806-3999
Contact: (715) 682-1699
Website: www.northland.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: LPN to ADN, RN to BSN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Sanford-Brown College
Address: Milwaukee, WI
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Silver Lake College
Address: 2406 S Alverno Rd, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220-9319
Contact: (920) 684-6691
Website: www.sl.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Address: 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, Wisconsin 53809-9778
Contact: (608) 822-3262
Website: www.swtc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Address: 105 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-4004
Contact: (715) 836-2637
Website: www.uwec.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN, Second Degree BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Address: 2420 Nicolet Dr, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311-7001
Contact: (920) 465-2207
Website: www.uwgb.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Address: 500 Lincoln Dr, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1380
Contact: (608) 262-1234
Website: www.wisc.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, PhD in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Address: 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0413
Contact: (414) 229-1122
Website: www.uwm.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Direct Entry MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, PhD in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: University of Wisconsin Lacrosse / Franciscan Skemp
Address: Lacrosse, WI
Program Types: Masters in Nursing
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
School Name: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Address: 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
Contact: (920) 424-1234
Website: www.uwosh.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN, Second Degree BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Viterbo University
Address: 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-8804
Contact: (608) 796-3000
Website: www.viterbo.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Waukesha County Technical College
Address: 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072-4601
Contact: (262) 691-5566
Website: www.wctc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Western Technical College
Address: 400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54602-0908
Contact: (608) 785-9200
Website: www.westerntc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Address: 505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871-8727
Contact: (715) 468-2815
Website: www.witc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Wisconsin Lutheran College
Address: 8800 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226-4699
Contact: (414) 443-8800
Website: www.wlc.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
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