RN to BSN in Wisconsin

As hospitals look to employ more and more advanced-practitioners in their nursing departments, demand for BSN nurses is increasing. According to a study by the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Wisconsin hospitals reported a 55% increase in the number of advanced-practice nurses they employ, a 38% increase in certified registered nurse anesthetists and a 25% increase in physician assistants from 2009 to 2011. Registered nurses make on average $65,000 a year, while nurse anesthetists make $200,000. The best employment opportunities are found in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay.

Wisconsin offers a slew of great RN-BSN programs that give nurses a chance to find more advanced roles with higher salaries in the healthcare industry. We’ve listed the top accredited RN-BSN programs for you here.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Wisconsin

Alverno College

$ 800 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • The program can be completed in 18 months.
  • Hybrid courses are organized into 8-week course blocks.
  • Students take one class at a time to help working students balance their work and family responsibilities.
Hybrid 3400 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922

Cardinal Stritch University

$ 810 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

June 17th

  • Adult learning theory forms the basis of the course design to give working professionals tools applicable to their job environment.
  • Critical thinking, personal growth and effective communication form the cornerstones of the curriculum.
Online 6801 N. Yates Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Columbia College of Nursing

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • A total of 62 credits are need to complete this "2+2" program.
  • Columbia college prides itself on its commitment to social justice.
Hybrid 4425 N Port Washington Rd
Glendale, WI 53212

Concordia University – Wisconsin

$ 640 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Up to 90 of the 126 credits needed may be transferred from previous college coursework.
  • The school also offers an RN to MSN program.
  • Three areas of specialization are offered: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.
N/A 12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, WI 53097-2402

Herzing University

$ 540 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The school also offers LPN to BSN and RN to MSN programs.
  • The 32-month program consists of classwork, internships and online assignments.
  • This is a private, nonprofit university.
Hybrid 5700 W Broadway
Minneapolis, WI 55428-3548

Marian University

$ 410 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • With an ADN from a Wisconsin Technical College, the program can be completed in 15 months, or in 19 months with an ADN from another accredited program.
  • The Nursing Programs are approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Online 45 S National Ave
Fond Du Lac, WI 54935-4699

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

$ 520 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Classes begin every eight weeks.
  • Students take one course at a time to help balance work and family responsibilities.
  • Campus classes occur weekly at night.
Hybrid 2406 S Alverno Rd
Manitowoc, WI 54220-9319

University of Wisconsin – Eau-Claire

$ 622 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

June 1st, October 1st, and March 1st

  • This program is a six universities collaboration, giving students several convenient options for their education.
  • Average completion time is a year and a half.
  • A minimum of a 2.5 GPA is required for admission.
Hybrid 105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

$ 700 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 1st and December 1st

  • Student assessment is completed through competency based exams instead of traditional assessment techniques.
  • The BSN@home program is designed with maximum flexibility in mind.
  • Students can apply for several scholarship opportunities worth up to $5,000.
N/A 2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53201

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

$ 309 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 1st and December 1st

  • Nursing courses in the shared curriculum are offered by six UW Universities: UW Oshkosh, UW Milwaukee, UW Madison, UW Eau Claire, UW Green Bay and UW Steven's Point.
  • The school at which the students enrolls will provide all student-related services (i.e., advising, financial aid, registration).
Hybrid 800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

$ 379 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • BSN@Home also offers varying electives each semester, with limited selections in the summer.
  • Students will be assigned a personal advisor to assist in designing a personalized curriculum and provide ongoing support.
Hybrid 2100 Main St
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897

Viterbo University

$ 685 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Since 1971, the school has granted over 4,000 BSN degrees, consistently producing the largest number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses among Wisconsin private colleges.
  • A personal approach and small class sizes are paramount at Viterbo.
Online 900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601-8804

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Wisconsin that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Wisconsin that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Wisconsin has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Wisconsin is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Wisconsin RN’s with a BSN?

The coalition is working towards a goal of 80% of Wisconsin nurses holding a BSN or higher by 2020. This goal will be achieved by easing academic progression from level to level.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to MSN Programs; State or Regional Competency Based Programs; State or Regional Shared Curriculum; and other methods.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

Through collaborations with the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives, the AC offers a nursing leadership academy each year.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC is helping to reform the Nurse Practice Act that contains restrictions on the advanced practice registered nurse workforce.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC is helping to reform the Nurse Practice Act that contains restrictions on the advanced practice registered nurse workforce.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The AC has hosted and supported conferences and symposia aimed at improving interdisciplinary coordination and cooperation in healthcare.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The coalition formed a statewide diversity taskforce to investigate improving workforce diversity.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The AC has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to conduct surveys and analysis aimed at predicting future supply and demand for nurses in the state.

Contact Info

Judith Hansen

Executive Director
Wisconsin Center for Nursing

Tim Size

Executive Director
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Wisconsin Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Wisconsin Licensing

Wisconsin is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A Wisconsin nursing license is only valid within Wisconsin. For licensing information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services.


Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information