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Students who already have a bachelor’s degree or higher and are interested in making a career change to nursing can apply to enter this fast-track professional program to earn the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in just 12 months.

The Accelerated BSN program is new to UW–Madison. Admission for the first class will open fall 2017 and instruction will begin May 2018.

The program will be intense with students completing approximately 1 credit a week, for a total of 48–50 credits over 12 months. This equates to at least 45 hours of work each week.

Tuition will be a flat rate of $45,000 for Wisconsin residents, $60,000 for nonresidents.

School of Nursing Requirements

Following are the requirements to be eligible to apply for the Accelerated BSN program:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field from an accredited institution, completed by the program start date. Students anticipating spring graduation can apply the prior fall; proof of timely progress is required.
  • Admission to UW–Madison as a post-undergraduate degree-seeking student (separate application required)
  • Minimum college-level cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of the prerequisites listed below with a grade of C or better in each course and a minimum combined GPA of 2.75. The first four prerequisites (science courses) must be completed by the application deadline and within seven years of the program start date. All prerequisites must be complete before the program start date. Prerequisite equivalency information is available on the BSN Prerequisite Course Equivalencies page.
    1. Chemistry w/Lab
    2. Microbiology
    3. Human Anatomy
    4. Human Physiology
    5. Psychology (introductory)
    6. Sociology (introductory)
    7. Human Growth and Development

Note: Anatomy and physiology may be satisfied by one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology or by A&P I and II. With the latter option, students must complete both courses at the same institution.

UW–Madison General Education Requirements

Applicants must also complete the following university-wide General Education Requirements. At least two must be completed by the application deadline, and all prerequisites must be completed before the program start date.

  1. Communications Part A: Literacy Proficiency
  2. Quantitative Reasoning Part A: QR Proficiency
  3. Quantitative Reasoning Part B: Enhanced QR Proficiency
  4. Ethnic Studies

Note: There is also a Communications Part B requirement; however, it will be satisfied with coursework in the program, so prior completion is not necessary.

Application Dates and Deadlines

The program requires two applications: one to UW–Madison, plus a supplemental application to the School of Nursing for the Accelerated BSN program. Both applications open for viewing on August 1. Submission can begin September 1 and the deadline is October 1. Admission decisions will be released in December and students must submit their intent to enroll by March 1.

Transfer Credit Evaluation and Proof of Enrollment

An unofficial transfer credit evaluation to check for completion of the nursing prerequisite courses and the university’s General Education Requirements will be completed by the School of Nursing prior to the decision release date. Admission is contingent upon official verification by the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Applicants will be required to submit proof of enrollment at the time of application for any prerequisites not yet completed. If enrollment has not opened for a particular course, students will be asked to submit a statement of intent to register that lists the course, institution, dates of instruction, and enrollment date.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

School of Nursing Requirements

The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree is a 124-credit curriculum comprised of the core nursing curriculum, as well as general education requirements, nursing prerequisite coursework, and elective courses. The required courses for graduation are listed below. In addition to completing this coursework, students must:

  1. Earn a cumulative and nursing GPA of at least 2.5, and
  2. Complete at least 30 credits in residence on the UW–Madison campus, and
  3. Earn at least 75 of the required 124 degree credits at the intermediate or advanced level

Major Requirements

The new Accelerated BSN program will launch May 2018. The degree requirements, curriculum, and program plan are being finalized by the School of Nursing faculty at this time. Details will be posted to the Accelerated BSN page of the School of Nursing website as available.

Following is information on the requirements and curriculum as established thus far:

  • Students will complete seven nursing prerequisites prior to entry into the program, namely:
  1. Chemistry with Lab
  2. Microbiology
  3. Human Anatomy
  4. Human Physiology
  5. Psychology (introductory)
  6. Sociology (introductory)
  7. Human Growth and Development
  • Students will also complete the university-wide General Education Requirements (GER) of Communications Part A, Quantitative Reasoning Part A, Quantitative Reasoning Part B, and Ethnic Studies prior to entry into the program. The fifth GER of Communications Part B will be completed within the Accelerated BSN curriculum.
  • During the 12-months in the Accelerated BSN program, students will complete 48-50 credits of required nursing coursework, including classroom-based active learning courses and experiential learning courses in the clinical environment. This nursing coursework will include Pathology and Pharmacology.

University Degree Requirements 

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Promote health and manage illness by providing safe, client-centered, culturally congruent care across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Employ professional nursing leadership concepts to address patient care and system needs to promote quality health care outcomes and health equity for all.
  3. Make effective use of technology for patient care, education, and management of health information.
  4. Understand the roles and scope of practice of disciplines of the health care team and practice as an effective, collaborating member of the interprofessional team.
  5. Use knowledge sources effectively to provide evidence-based care.
  6. Identify health disparities and advocate for basic essential health services for all.
  7. Allocate health care resources to maximize the health care benefit to clients, families, and community.
  8. Assume fiscal and ethical responsibility for clinical practice.
  9. Function as a member of the nursing profession within the community and the world.

academic advising

The Office of Academic Affairs provides comprehensive academic advising services to students in the Accelerated BSN program. Darby Sugar advises all Accelerated BSN students and can be reached at darby.sugar@wisc.edu.

Career Advising

The school offers career advising services to provide resources and strategies for career planning and placement. This includes workshops and job/internship fairs, resume review, job search resources, and licensure information. Visit the Career Services page of the StudentNet for more information.

Administration

Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Dean and Professor
ldscott@wisc.edu

Earlise Ward, PhD

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor
ecward@wisc.edu

Karen Mittelstadt

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs (Academic Dean)
mittelstadt@wisc.edu
608-263-5284

Karen D. Solheim, PhD, RN

Undergraduate Program Director, Clinical Professor
kdsolheim@wisc.edu

Advising and Student Services

Katie Bleier

Director of Advising and Student Services
katie.bleier@wisc.edu
608-263-5172

Darby Sugar

Accelerated BSN Advisor
darby.sugar@wisc.edu

Mary Russell

Career Advisor
mlrussell@wisc.edu

Admissions and Recruitment

Vacant

Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Brent Fisher

Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
bjfisher@wisc.edu

Earning the bachelor of science in nursing degree is the first step toward becoming a Registered Nurse. Graduates must also take and and pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to receive their nursing license and begin their careers as nurses in hospitals, community health and mental health agencies, industrial health centers, nursing homes, family planning centers, crisis care centers, and beyond. A nursing license gives an individual permission to practice nursing, granted by the state where he or she met the requirements.

The School of Nursing works with students as they complete graduation requirements and the two-step process to register for the NCLEX. Specifically the school verifies graduation and assists students as they register for the exam. Most students take the NCLEX within three months of graduation. More than 90 percent of School of Nursing graduates pass the NCLEX on first attempt.

Signe Skott Cooper Hall

In fall 2014, the School of Nursing moved to the new Signe Skott Cooper Hall. This $53.3 million nursing building features world-class technology and innovative educational spaces that will allow the nursing school to address health care’s new standard of excellence—high-tech and high-touch methods and practices that result in better patient outcomes and greater satisfaction with care.

Advising and Student Services

office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is the undergraduate dean's office for the School of Nursing. Staff members interpret school regulations, policies, and program requirements; make exceptions around requirements and deadlines; advise prospective and current students; monitor students having academic difficulties; coordinate compliance; facilitate the program's admissions process; and maintain the official files of students in the school.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an essential component of undergraduate education. The primary advising mission in the School of Nursing is to help students identify and clarify their academic pathways and educational goals, and to help them develop meaningful plans to ensure academic success. Advising is an ongoing, caring, and collaborative relationship between advisor and student that provides meaning, guidance, and support throughout the educational process. Every pre-nursing (PRN) and nursing (NUR) student is assigned a professional advisor in the nursing school. Advising is offered in individual appointments, group advising, and graduation checks for seniors.

Career Advising

In addition to professional academic advisors, the School of Nursing has career advising available to help students prepare for a successful career in nursing. Services include resume and job search assistance, online job postings, information sessions, and nursing career fairs.

Academic Support Services

The Nursing Learning Center in Cooper Hall is a place where students can gather with other like-minded, focused, and enthusiastic students to improve not only their understanding of the course material but of their own learning styles. Sessions are designed to assist pre-nursing and nursing students in weekly small-group study formats. Current courses supported include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology, as well as courses in the nursing curriculum. Workshops and other sessions help students with test preparation, study skills, time management, etc.

Student Organizations

The School of Nursing encourages and supports students to pursue their interests and form social networks. In addition to numerous associations available to students on the broader campus (including the Aspiring Nurses Association [ANA] for pre-nursing students), there are a number of student-run groups established specifically for current nursing students. These include the Student Nurses’ Association, the Multicultural Student Nurses’ Organization, the Nurse’s Christian Fellowship, the Global Health Interest Group, the Holistic Nursing Group, the Perinatal Interest Group, and the Student Geriatric Interest Group. The purpose of these groups is to give students the opportunity to enhance their experiences related to professional development, social circles, political action, community service, and academic achievement, as well as foster connections between faculty, staff, and students.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The School of Nursing awards more than $400,000 in scholarships each year to admitted undergraduate nursing students. Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. Students are invited to apply to nursing specific scholarships, as well as campus-wide or non-nursing scholarships, through the Scholarships@UW–Madison system.