The RN to BSN program, called the BSN@Home program, is for Registered Nurses who already have an associate's degree or diploma in nursing and wish to earn the bachelor of science in nursing degree.
The curriculum is designed for working adults. Almost all required coursework is completed online. Students can complete the program in as little as a year and a half.
The BSN@Home program is cooperatively administered by six campuses in the University of Wisconsin System: UW–Madison, UW–Eau Claire, UW–Green Bay, UW–Milwaukee, UW–Oshkosh and UW–Stevens Point. Students typically select their home institution based on proximity. All BSN@Home students are required to complete the same core nursing curriculum, but specific admission and degree requirements vary among campuses.
- Associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program. Students with an ADN (or equivalent degree) through an international institution are eligible for admission consideration if they have completed the following required coursework. International Nurse Admission Requirements can be downloaded from this page.
- Overall GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale
- RN license
- Resident of Wisconsin, upper peninsula of Michigan, and/or contiguous counties in Illinois, Iowa or Minnesota
- Meets university transfer admission requirements at UW–Madison. Factors considered in admission decisions include:
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA): While the average GPA of admitted transfers is a 3.4, UW–Madison will consider prospective BSN@Home if they have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 with steady grade trends and patterns. GPA calculations will include all grades received for repeated courses; the initial grade, as well as grades received in second and subsequent attempts will be included in the GPA calculation.
- College-Level Course Preparation: Students must have completed at least 24 transferable (college-level) non-nursing credits in addition to the nursing classes they completed in their ADN or nursing piploma program.
- High School Record: Regardless of the number of college credits earned, the high school transcript is required and must show proof of graduation.
- Required Courses: Students must have completed one year each of high school algebra, plane geometry, and college-preparatory math, and two high school years or two college semesters of a single foreign language. Requirements may vary if students graduated high school 1991 or prior. Contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment with specific questions about academic background.
Students can begin the program in either spring or fall.
- Fall term application opens: August 1
- Spring term application opens: February 1.
- Deadlines: The application is due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on the noted deadline dates.
Review of Applications
Applications are reviewed by the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Students will be evaluated on both high school and college records. Admission to the program is selective.
Complete the UW System Application for Admission:
- Intended campus: UW–Madison
- Intended major: BSN@Home/Nursing Collaborative Program
For this program, there is no supplemental application submitted to the School of Nursing.
UW–Madison Reentry Admission
Students who have previously attended UW–Madison as degree-seeking students are eligible to apply to the BSN@Home program by submitting a Reentry Application. Second-degree candidate should select BSN@Home/Nursing Collaborative Program as the intended major. Students who have not previously earned an undergraduate degree through UW–Madison will be readmitted to their previous classification (e.g., Letters & Science). If readmitted to the previous classification, students should email the School of Nursing to request consideration for admission to the BSN@Home program.
Reentry applications will be evaluated by the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment. While the Reentry Admissions site lists university-wide application deadlines, students should submit the application by the following dates to ensure access to open nursing courses:
- Summer term: February 1
- Fall semester: March 1
- Spring semester: October 1
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|| |
* 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.
RN to BSN (BSN@Home) Major Requirements
|Select one of the following:||4-5|
|General Chemistry I|
|Chemistry in Our World|
|Advanced General Chemistry|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Biochemistry|
|Anatomy & Physiology|
|PHM SCI 401||Survey of Pharmacology (or equivalent)||3|
|PATH 404||Pathophysiologic Principles of Human Diseases (or equivalent)||3|
Most often satisfied by CNP 490 Special Topics in Nursing: Clinical Pharmacology in the BSN@Home program.
Most often satisfied by CNP 490 Special Topics in Nursing: Pathophysiology in the BSN@Home program.
Humanities and Social Science
|Humanities and Social Science|
|PSYCH 202||Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent)||3|
|Select any introductory Sociology course||3|
|Human Growth and Development|
|Select three credits of Human Growth and Development||3|
|Select six credits of Humanities||6|
|Humanities or Social Science|
|Select seven credits of Humanities or Social Science||7|
|MATH 112||Algebra (or equivalent)||3|
|Select 15-27 credits of electives||15-27|
Nursing Prior Learning Credits
Prior learning credits are awarded in recognition of the associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or nursing diploma. Students who earned the ADN from a Wisconsin Technical College receive 30 Prior Learning Credits. All other students receive 24.
|NURSING/S&A PHM/SOC WORK 105||Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach||2|
|NURSING 212||Human Responses to Health and Illness I||4|
|NURSING 219||Clinical Nursing I||4|
|NURSING 310||Mental Health and Mental Illness: Implications for Nursing||3|
|NURSING 312||Human Responses to Health and Illness II||4|
|NURSING 319||Nursing Care in the Inpatient Setting||4|
|NURSING 332||Essentials of Family-centered Perinatal and Pediatric Nursing||3|
BSN@Home Nursing Coursework
|CNP 306||Transitions: Practice, Professional and Personal||3|
|CNP 407||Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice||3|
|CNP 441||Chronic Care Management||3|
|CNP 446||Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|CNP 447||Leadership and Management||3|
|CNP 453||Information Management and Healthcare Technology||3|
|CNP 454||Community Health Nursing||3|
|CNP 519||Capstone Practicum for Registered Nurses||3|
|NURSING 433||Essentials of Gerontological Nursing 1||3|
Gerontology course may be satisfied by credit-by-exam.
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.|
- Promote health and manage illness by providing safe, client-centered, culturally congruent care across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
- Employ professional nursing leadership concepts to address patient care and system needs to promote quality health care outcomes and health equity for all.
- Make effective use of technology for patient care, education, and management of health information.
- 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.
- Use knowledge sources effectively to provide evidence-based care.
- Identify health disparities and advocate for basic essential health services for all.
- Allocate health care resources to maximize the health care benefit to clients, families, and community.
- Assume fiscal and ethical responsibility for clinical practice.
- Function as a member of the nursing profession within the community and the world.
The RN to BSN (BSN@Home) program is for Registered Nurses who already have an associate’s degree in nursing. As such, there is not a four-year plan for this program. Please refer to the Requirements tab for more about the curriculum and program plan.
Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Danny G. "Dan" Willis, DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs (Academic Dean)
Karen D. Solheim, PhD, RN
Undergraduate Program Director, Clinical Professor
Advising, Student Services, and Admissions
Director of Advising and Student Services
Accreditation status: Next accreditation review: 2019–2020.
|Year of Exam||UW-Madison Graduates: First Attempt||National: First Attempt|
Note: UW-Madison BSN Graduates pass rate reflects all UW-Madison Bachelor of Science-Nursing graduates who tested during the April-to-September test period for the first time, including recent and previous graduates.