Nursing

Phone: 715-346-3766
Email: shcp@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/nursing

715-346-3766
shcp@uwsp.edu
www.uwsp.edu/nursing

UW-Stevens Point Nursing graduates at work

  • Amanda Simonis '15ThedaCare Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, Wis.
  • Julie Knapp '15Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls, Wis.

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Phone: 715-346-3766
Email: shcp@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/nursing

Choose Nursing at UW-Stevens Point

When you choose nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, you’ll have two options offered through the School of Health Care Professions:

UW-Stevens Point offers the pre-nursing program that can satisfy prerequisites to an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students apply to, and upon acceptance, attend another institution to become a nurse. Advisers discuss with you the many pathways to becoming a nurse and guide you in making the most appropriate choice in meeting your career goals.

In addition, a RN to BSN completion program designed for associate degree or diploma registered nurses (RNs) is available at UW-Stevens Point. UW-Stevens Point students take nursing courses either online from BSN@Home or on campus in face-to-face or combined face-to-face/online formats, allowing for greater flexibility and program accessibility. UW-Stevens Point offers a quality curriculum that puts graduates on pace to function more broadly in their chosen area of practice.

The RN to BSN Completion baccalaureate degree in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Career opportunities in Nursing

According to the latest survey conducted by the Wisconsin Center for Nursing, there will be a need for over 8,000 new health care workers per year through 2018 to fill new jobs. Registered nurses are in the greatest demand of all occupations in the state.

Just about anywhere doctors work, RNs do too, including but not limited to hospitals, doctor's offices, clinics, hospice, emergency rooms, intensive care, government agencies, corporations, and more. In fact, RNs also work in other areas where physicians typically do not, including home health and schools. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over half of all RNs work in hospitals.

RNs are involved with nearly all aspects of a patient's care, from providing comfort and hygiene to administering injections and IVs, updating medical records, as well as minor therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and processes. Schedules and duties vary based on the type and level of nursing role. Surgical RNs assist in the operating room with equipment and supplies from pre-surgical prep to post-operative care. RNs can be generalists or obtain graduate degrees and additional certifications to specialize in a specific area such as pediatric, cardiac, neonatology, oncology or just about any medical specialty.

Building your résumé

Pre-nursing students are encouraged to complete a Nursing Assistant course and take the Wisconsin State Licensing exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Most nursing programs require students to have their CNA, plus the CNA provides valuable experience that is directly relevant to becoming a nurse.

Contact the Student Involvement and Employment Office to learn more about the many leadership, student organization, employment and volunteer activities available at UW-Stevens Point.

Outside the classroom

You’ll have the chance to join the Sigma Mu Tau student organization which strives to develop social and professional interest in health care related fields among the student population at UW-Stevens Point. As a member, you will help with blood drives, raise funds for overseas orphanages and network with professionals in your field.

Student support services

Pre-nursing and RN to BSN completion students will be assigned an adviser who will assist them in planning their program and be available for ongoing advising. Students are encouraged to check their UW-Stevens Point email accounts regularly for notifications, personal correspondence and updates from their advisers.