A Bachelor of Science degree in nursing has been
approved by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents for the Stevens
Point campus and is set to begin classes starting in the fall of 2013.
Like most majors, the nursing degree will consist of
roughly 60 credits. Some of the courses offered are clinical courses, meaning
that students will work in actual clinical settings to gain the knowledge and
skills needed to be a registered nurse.
“Since this is a clinical program of study, students,
once they’ve met graduation requirements, sit for a state licensing exam,” said
Director of Nursing Carole Paulson. “Once they pass this exam, they can legally
Paulson explained that the degree program has been in
development since 2007, and a high level of interest has been generated by many
students and various technical schools in the area, including Mid-State
“Students in the associate degree nursing programs at
these locations can continue on to the bachelor’s level without missing a beat.
Further, they can work and go to school part-time on a schedule that meets
their needs,” Paulson said.
Unlike the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the
University of Wisconsn-Eau Claire, who have full nursing programs granting
baccalaureate degrees, Stevens Point is offering a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing (BSN) completion program. Prospective students are required to be
licensed Registered Nurses (RN) holding the associate or diploma degree in
Current nursing faculty will be teaching courses within
the degree, and additional faculty members will be recruited to offer more
courses when the program starts.
The School of Healthcare Professions hopes to offer
courses face-to-face, in addition to taking hybrid or online courses. The
university is also working closely with the Partnership for Thriving
“This is a move by UWSP to become more connected to the
community and its needs, to become a relevant link in approaching solutions
to community issues and improving the lives of individuals,” Paulson said.
The BSN completion program will help RNs in the area
raise their education and skills to a baccalaureate level and help enhance the
quality of healthcare given to patients in the area.
The nursing degree is still news to many students who
are currently pursuing a degree in pre-nursing. Students Kera Schill and Alyssa
Richlen expressed their thoughts on the new program.
“I didn’t hear about this at first. This is new news
and it makes me happy. I think it is good for the campus and will help bring
more students to Stevens Point,” Schill said.
Similarly, Richlen explained that she is glad it will
open up more opportunities to students. Nursing can be a competitive field, and
it is at times difficult to be accepted into a good program.
“We are all very excited to be approved to implement
the BSN Completion program for RNs and are hard at work to make this happen,”
For more information on the nursing program visit
www.bsnathome. com or email Dr. Mary Moss, Director of Nursing at MSTC, at
mary.moss@ mstc.edu.personally and professionally.