There are many possible pathways to becoming a registered nurse. The most typical option for UW-Stevens Point students is to complete nursing prerequisite courses and then apply to public or private nursing schools to earn either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Pre-nursing students are welcome to apply to any public or private nursing program that best fits their needs. Pre-nursing advisers help students understand the nursing prerequisites and the general education requirements of the nursing schools they plan to attend.
UWSP has a long-standing collaboration with UW-Eau Claire and St. Joseph’s Hospital
in Marshfield, Wis. In this program, students spend 3-5 semesters at UW-Stevens Point completing courses needed to apply to the School of Nursing, as well as courses that fill UW-Eau Claire general education requirements. Upon acceptance to the UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing, students complete five semesters of nursing courses at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wis. Upon successful completion of the program, the BSN is awarded from UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing.
Students that want four years of schooling at UWSP, for NCAA sports eligibility or for other reasons, often complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences-Health Care Administration
or other majors, and then become a registered nurse via an accelerated nursing program or a direct entry Master’s in Nursing (MSN) program. It is also possible to be dually enrolled in UWSP and local Technical Colleges (Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, or Northcentral Technical College in Wausau) to complete an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Registered Nurses that hold an ADN are eligible to earn a BSN at UWSP via UWSP's RN to BSN Completion program