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Nursing

School of Health Sciences and Wellness Nursing Degree

Major

Help patients maintain and recover their health and well-being

When you choose nursing at UW-Stevens Point, you will find a path to your BSN that is cost effective, flexible and supportive. Students can pursue pre-nursing with our 1+2+1 partnership program or RN to BSN completion for those with an Associate Degree in Nursing in progress. Pre-nursing students start classes at UWSP, transition to the local technical college for four semesters of RN classes then finish their BSN degree with UWSP.

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Why choose Nursing at UW-Stevens Point?

When you choose nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, you’ll have two options: pre-nursing (provides prerequisite courses for admission to schools of nursing) or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program designed for associate degree or diploma registered nurses.

UW-Stevens Point also offers the pre-nursing program that can satisfy prerequisites to our 1+2+1 nursing partnership program, or to other BSN programs.

Nursing 1+2+1

Pre-Nursing

Provides prerequisite courses for admission to schools of nursing

The 1+2+1 nursing partnership program (1 year at UWSP + 2 years at Partner Program + 1 year at UWSP) offers an opportunity for high school graduates to earn both an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) through the collaborative programs of UW-Stevens Point, Mid-State Technical College (Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield), Northcentral Technical College (Wausau) and Nicolet College (Rhinelander).

RN to BSN

Designed for associate degree or diploma registered nurses

The RN to BSN completion program is designed for associate degree or diploma registered nurses (RNs). Students complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing through UW-Stevens Point.

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Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point alumni live and work all over the world—so if you’re looking for networking opportunities close to a new home or contact info for fellow Pointer in another city, you’re in luck. Looking for a fellow Pointer near you or want to add your pin? Start with our map.

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What to Expect? 

According to the Wisconsin Center for Nursing, the current increasing demand for RNs in the state of Wisconsin–coupled with the decreasing total number of RNs–will lead to supply demand gap of 35 percent by 2035.

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.

Pre-Nursing Paths at UW-Stevens Point

The 1+2+1 nursing partnership program (1 year at UWSP + 2 years at Partner Program + 1 year at UWSP) offers an opportunity for high school graduates to earn both an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) through the collaborative programs of UW-Stevens Point, Mid-State Technical College (Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield), Northcentral Technical College (Wausau) and Nicolet College (Rhinelander).

Students entering the program can experience traditional college opportunities, including: living on campus, NCAA athletics, and participation in student organizations while also taking advantage of the high quality, nationally accredited expertise of UWSP and our partner ADN programs.

Students may begin their coursework at UWSP or partner institutions by taking general education courses in addition to the partnership program’s ADN admission requirements. It is possible to be dually enrolled at UWSP and the local partner institution to complete these requirements.

This program provides an efficient and affordable path to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) in Central Wisconsin. For students beginning at UWSP, the program provides a competitive application process for UWSP students to gain entrance into a partner’s ADN program at Mid-State, NTC or Nicolet. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee selection via the competitive application process. Priority for selection is given to students that have: (1) successfully completed pre-nursing and general education requirements, (2) greater credit hours with UWSP, and (3) a higher cumulative GPA. Students may be selected for placement in the ADN program at any of our three partner institutions: Mid-State, NTC or Nicolet.

Upon completion of the ADN, students then complete the RN to BSN Completion program with UWSP. The RN to BSN Completion program requires students to have an Associate Degree in Nursing.

UWSP has a long-standing collaboration with UW-Eau Claire and Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Wis. In this program, students spend 3-5 semesters at UW-Stevens Point, completing courses needed to apply to the UW-Eau Claire 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 5 semesters of nursing courses at Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Wis. Upon successful completion of the program, the BSN is awarded from UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing.

RN to BSN Information

The RN to BSN completion program is designed for associate degree or diploma registered nurses (RNs). Students complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing through UW-Stevens Point. The nursing curriculum consists of 31 required nursing credits: 9 core courses (including 1 credit introductory course and a 3 credit capstone course) and two electives. Nursing courses are offered through a synchronous Zoom hybrid format where classes are held at convenient times through Zoom with the addition of online coursework. The Zoom classes have a weekly morning and evening option. In addition, a fully online class format is offered through BSN@Home.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold an associate degree or diploma degree from an accredited program of nursing
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Wisconsin residency
  • RN licensure in the state of Wisconsin

Tuition

  • UW-Stevens Point tuition rates decrease with increasing credit load.
  • BSN@Home online course tuition is a flat fee of $452/credit.

Application Steps 1-4

  1. Apply to UW-Stevens Point
  2. Activate your username and password
  3. Complete the demographic form with BSN@Home
  4. Contact jeff.christensen@uwsp.edu for application approval

The UWSP nursing core courses are arranged so that they can be completed within one year. However, with the integration of BSN@Home courses, a student may elect to take more courses to finish their degree sooner or may elect to take fewer courses. 

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a 2011 report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health identified the need for nurses to obtain a baccalaureate degree to meet the changing healthcare environment. The IOM set a goal of 80 percent of nurses be baccalaureate prepared by 2020. The Wisconsin 2016 RN Workforce Survey reported that 46.1 percent of all licensed nurses in the State were baccalaureate prepared at the time of the licensing in 2016. Many institutions, to meet the demands of the workforce, are emphasizing baccalaureate preparation and requiring it for leadership and some clinical roles.

After earning your BSN, further your health education with the online Health and Wellness Coaching Graduate Certificate from UW-Stevens Point and the National Wellness Institute. As a health and wellness coach, you will guide individuals during their transformative journey of achieving lasting changes and enhanced well-being by helping them overcome hurdles, surpass limitations and tap into their own unrealized personal and professional potential.

As nontraditional students, RN to BSN students have access to resources to help through your academic journey:

BSN@Home Info Sessions

Get Involved on Campus

Joining a health-related student organization, you may help with blood drives, raise funds for overseas orphanages, strategize and plan for graduate school and network with professionals from allied health care fields.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff members of the School of Health Sciences and Wellness are committed to developing professionals who study, promote and model lifelong wellness for individuals, families and communities, building a stronger, healthier community.
Jeff Christensen

Jeff Christensen

  • Academic Adviser; Recruitment and Student Success Specialist – School of Health Sciences and Wellness
715-346-2603
Elizabeth Lamb

Elizabeth Lamb

  • Lecturer – Nursing
715-346-4828
Lorraine Zoromski

Lorraine Zoromski

  • Director – RN to BSN Program
  • Assistant Professor – Nursing
715-346-2803

Accreditation

CCNE accreditation

CCNE Accreditation

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, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC
20001, 202-887-6791.