RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

In order to enable rapid degree completion and get RNs to become advanced practice nurses in less time, Wisconsin universities offer bridge RN to MSN or BSN to MSN programs. Thanks to advances in technology and new mindsets about work and returning to school, nurses have more opportunities than before to attain an advanced degree. When students can attend class remotely from wherever they are, they are able to make room for their studies. By making the most of previously earned credit and allowing some bachelor's level coursework to count for master's level credit, such bridge programs get students to where they want to go in less time. 

Typical Program Length:

  • About 5 full-time semesters for an RN to MSN
  • At least 3 full-time semesters for a BSN to MSN

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • ADN or BSN from an accredited university (degree level may vary by program)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Completed application
  • Current, unencumbered license as an RN
  • Some clinical experience
  • Resume and personal statement or essay

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

Switching careers is rarely an easy endeavor, but Alverno College in Wisconsin has removed barriers to accomplishing this goal. Its direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing program is geared toward those with bachelor's in a field that isn't nursing. By leveraging an "abilities-based approach" the one-of-a-kind program lets students complete a BSN and then MSN in rapid sequence. The full-time-only offering incorporates hands-on clinicals so students are also readied to sit for the NCLEX-RN. Within the program, students can have experiences in critical care and home care settings so they are prepared to serve in a range of nursing situations. 

Typical Program Length:

  • At least 18 months of continuous full-time study

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a non-nursing field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher and submission of official transcripts
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in science and statistics
  • Application and letters of recommendation
  • Completion of Basic Life Support Training

2024 List of MSN Programs in Wisconsin

Wisconsin offers the RN to MSN program in more than 5 different colleges throughout the state and with varying degrees of accessibility; for example, these programs are offered full-time, part-time, online and combination learning style. Working while earning your degree is a definite possibility with a number of these programs because of the flexibility of delivery methods. Upon graduation from one of these programs, you could find yourself working in clinical administration, nurse educator or possibly the mental health field.

MSN Programs By City:

Eau Claire, WI

105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 836-4636

Fond du Lac, WI

MSN Programs
45 S National Ave
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 923-7600

Green Bay, WI

3201 Eaton Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
(920) 433-6699

2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
(920) 465-2000

Mequon, WI

MSN Programs
12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
(262) 243-5700

12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
(262) 243-5700

Milwaukee, WI

Oshkosh, WI

800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-1234

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