Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN degree completion
Earn the BSN you need to stay competitive in a changing workplace.
In February 2015, a study published in Nursing Economics found that the percentage of BSN-prepared nurses is increasing while the employment of associate degree nurses is decreasing. Soon, a BSN will be the standard for all nurses who desire job security and opportunities for career advancement.
Here is a convenient way to earn your bachelor of science in nursing degree online—at your pace, on your schedule, using knowledge you already have.
Now offered in the self-paced, competency-based UW Flexible Option format, the UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing RN to BSN program is for nurses with associate degrees who would like to earn a baccalaureate degree while still having time for work and family.
(For more about the challenges and opportunities facing nurses today, see our blog post, “Wall Street Journal Reports on Nurses’ Struggle as More Hospitals Require BSNs.”)
Areas of Study
RN to BSN Completion Curriculum
To earn this degree, students must fulfill the general education requirements necessary for a UWM bachelor’s degree, elective requirements, and the unique competency sets that define this online nursing degree.
- Total degree credits required: 124
- After review of your prior college transcripts, you will be given a minimum of 60 credits for your general education and nursing courses earned in your associate degree in nursing (ADN) program.
- A program plan will be developed just for you in which you will know what courses you will have to complete in the liberal arts and in nursing. You can complete these courses through competency assessment, online or face to face.
- English Composition II: 3 credits
- Humanities: 3-6 credits
- Arts: 0-3 credits
- History: 3 credits
Social Science: 9 credits
- Psych 101
- Growth & Development
Natural/Biological Sciences: 21 credits
- Biochemistry (or alternate science course)
- Anatomy & Physiology I and II
Electives: 19-25 credits
Cultural Diversity (may or may not apply)
Foreign Language (may or may not apply)
More information on meeting the general education requirements of the degree can be found here.
NURSING COURSES FROM YOUR ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM: 60 CREDITS
Advanced Nursing Courses (with a grade of C or higher)
Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (UWS NSG 407): 3 credits
- Philosophical perspectives, theories, and standards are applied to the practice of professional nursing. Factors influencing nursing/health care delivery are analyzed. Professional communication skills are enhanced. Is a writing emphasis course.
Leadership and Management (UWS NSG 447): 3 credits
- Examines nursing leadership and management using relevant theories and concepts. Analyze decision-making in relation to communication, delegation, supervision and group process.
Research and Evidence Based Practice (UWS NSG 446): 3 credits
- This course introduces the importance of research to improve clinical practice, strategies to evaluate the quality of research and evidence, and increase integration of research into practice.
Community Health Nursing (UWS NSG 454): 3 credits
- Nursing care of populations and communities to facilitate optimal health outcomes.
Information Management and Health Care Technology (UWS NSG 453): 3 credits
- Utilize computer and information/decision science to support quality and safety in health care. Explore informatics issues and examine nursing’s role in healthcare technology. Opportunities to use and master various healthcare technologies and healthcare data will be given.
Chronic Care Management (UWS NSG 441): 3 credits
- Exploration of interaction of biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors important to understanding management of chronic conditions at the individual, family, community, and societal levels.
Nursing Electives: 8-10 credits
Capstone/Practicum (NURS 445): 3 credits
- A clinical experience applying core competencies to clinical practice.
DOWNLOAD A FREE UW FLEXIBLE OPTION INFO KIT
Learn more about this competency-based education option and why it’s a smart choice for working adults.
Download a free UW Flex info kit
Fill out the short form below to receive a Flexible Option Information Kit, including an 8-page introduction to this innovative education option and details about the flexible Nursing (RN to BSN) program (PDF).
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
The UW Flexible Option is especially designed for self-motivated nontraditional students who want their previous schooling, work skills, and prior knowledge to apply toward degrees or certificates. The competency-based and self-paced format of the UW Flexible Option fits the schedules of students who must balance work and family responsibilities with educational goals. Because most Flexible Option competencies and assessments are delivered online, students have the opportunity to learn when and where they choose.
This self-paced online nursing degree is ideal for students who:
- Are licensed in Wisconsin as a registered nurse
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and graduated from an associate-degree program in nursing or diploma program in nursing
- Are motivated, disciplined self-starters who can work independently
- Desire the prestige and value of a University of Wisconsin degree
The UW Flexible Option offers working adults a more affordable way to earn a UW degree or certificate. Instead of paying by course or by credit, Flex lets you pay a flat rate for a three-month subscription period. You won’t spend valuable time or money sitting through courses you don’t need. If you already know the material, you may be able to pass assessments more quickly, and potentially accelerate your time to graduation.
Find out more about tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) by visiting the Tuition & Financial Aid page.
HOW THE UW FLEXIBLE OPTION WORKS
The UW Flexible Option offers a new way to earn a college degree or certificate, different from both face-to-face classroom instruction and traditional online instruction. As a student in a this program, you will:
- Start when you want, at the beginning of any month. Your progress is not limited by a traditional semester or term-based schedule, and you can take breaks in between subscription periods if and when you need to.
- Earn credit using existing knowledge. You may draw upon prior learning to complete assessments and make progress toward your degree or certificate. It does not matter where you gained your knowledge—from prior courses, work experience, military training, or other learning experiences. If you know it and can show it, you can use it to earn credit.
- Advance at your own pace. Progress toward your degree or certificate is based on assessments of key competencies determined by UW faculty, not seat time in a classroom. Take assessments whenever you are ready. Pass one and move on to the next.
- Receive personalized support. A dedicated Academic Success Coach will work with you to create your learning plan and a timeline tailored to fit your goals and knowledge. Your coach will help you prepare for assessments and point you to the learning resources you need to succeed.
- Learn skills employers value. By passing assessments of critical competencies, you will prove your mastery of the skills and knowledge that are important to employers.
Best of all, you will graduate with a degree or certificate from a University of Wisconsin institution that is recognized and respected.
Be sure to visit our FAQs page for more information about the Flexible Option format, how it differs from traditional online and face-to-face programs, and how it works.
Meet Our Faculty
For a directory of UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing faculty, click here.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools. In addition, the RN to BSN Completion program is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
About the UWM College of Nursing
The UWM College of Nursing is in the top 6% of nursing programs in the nation (according to U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings). UWM faculty lead the nation in cutting-edge research in a number of areas including self-management science, nursing informatics, nursing models of primary health care, family care in acute and pediatric settings, interventions with elders (including Alzheimer’s patients), chronic care management, and health equity. As the largest nursing program in Wisconsin, the college is also exceptionally proud of its more than 7,000 alumni who provide quality evidence-based care, inspiring education, exceptional research, and administrative leadership to improve health care nationally and across the globe.
FIND OUT IF FLEX IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Call a friendly enrollment adviser to find out more about the UW Flexible Option. If you would like to assess your readiness for this self-paced, online education option, we invite you to take the Flex Fit self-evaluation. This free online assessment will help you and an adviser determine whether Flex is a good fit for your lifestyle, education needs, and goals. Once you have completed your evaluation, call us to discuss your results and next steps. Get started today!
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Other ways to contact us:
Flexible Option Enrollment Team
UW-Extension–Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning
5602 Research Park Blvd., Suite 303
Madison, WI 53719