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Nursing (BSN@Home)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Through the BSN@Home program at UW–Madison, registered nurses residing in Wisconsin can improve their marketability and strengthen their nursing preparation to practice effectively in increasingly complicated environments.


Is this program right for you?

BSN@Home offers an innovative way for registered nurses who hold a two-year degree to earn their bachelor’s degree. Most nursing coursework is done online and, depending on what general education requirements you need to complete, you may be able to take those courses through UW College Courses Online.

The BSN@Home program is a collaboration of nursing programs at six UW–System institutions: Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and Stevens Point. You may choose any of the participating schools to be your “home” institution and the University from which you will earn your degree. (In the Madison program, two nursing courses involve periodic face-to-face sessions in addition to time spent online.) Through agreements with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), up to 60 credits from associate degree coursework may transfer, including up to 30 nursing credits.

Is this program right for you?

BSN@Home offers an innovative way for registered nurses who hold a two-year degree to earn their bachelor’s degree. Most nursing coursework is done online and, depending on what general education requirements you need to complete, you may be able to take those courses through UW College Courses Online.

The BSN@Home program is a collaboration of nursing programs at six UW–System institutions: Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and Stevens Point. You may choose any of the participating schools to be your “home” institution and the University from which you will earn your degree. (In the Madison program, two nursing courses involve periodic face-to-face sessions in addition to time spent online.) Through agreements with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), up to 60 credits from associate degree coursework may transfer, including up to 30 nursing credits.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be an ADN or diploma-prepared registered nurse licensed to practice in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Possess a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Meet university transfer admission requirements at UW–Madison.
  • All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website for contact information for state licensing boards.

To apply:

  • UW System admissions application (online).
  • Transcripts.

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Program highlights

  • The BSN@Home is meant for registered nurses who hold a two-year degree and want to earn their bachelor’s degree. Most nursing coursework is done online, and many general education requirements can be completed online as well.
  • Because this is a collaboration between six UW–System schools, Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and Stevens Point, you get to choose which school is your “home” school, making a bachelor’s more accessible than ever.
  • Up to 60 credits from associate degree coursework can be transferred to your bachelor’s degree, including up to 30 nursing credits.

How you'll learn

  • Online curriculum, with two half-day classes on UW–Madison campus (if Madison is selected as home campus).
  • Clinical hours may be done near your home.
  • Work individually and in teams on nursing and general education coursework and assignments.

Sample curriculum

BSN@Home Nursing Coursework

  • Transitions: Practice, Professional and Personal
  • Gerontology
  • Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
  • Chronic Care Management
  • Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Leadership and Management
  • Information and Health Technology
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Capstone Clinical

Prior Learning Credits

  • For RNs who hold an associate degree, up to 60 credits, including up to 30 in nursing.

General Education

  • Up to 71 credits in sciences, social studies, humanities, mathematics, and other non-nursing electives. These courses are most often completed online.

Job outlook

Market Salary
$77K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
14.8% for Registered Nurses (2016-2026)

Job Postings
452,108

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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Joann Brink

 I love to learn, and I felt the four-year degree would make me a more well-rounded person. 

JoAnn Brink, 2018 BSN@home graduate
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