I’m Loriann Melby, a nurse, wife, and mother of three, and I’m earning my RN to BSN degree through UW Flexible Option from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. That means no classrooms and no semesters. What’s it like to earn college credit without “going” to college? I hope to answer that question for you based on my experience as a nursing student. [Read more…] about What Everyone Ought to Know About Being a UW Flexible Option Student
For UW Flexible Option student Ken Wagman, earning his nursing degree is all about improving care for the elderly. Ken is the director of nursing at a 28-bed skilled nursing facility in Janesville, Wis. [Read more…] about Director of Nursing at Long-Term Care Facility Fulfills His Mission to Improve Elder Care
Krysti Reece is passionate about the medical imaging field.
“There’s always a lot of change going on, advances in technology, and a greater role for me to play in my patient’s diagnosis,” she says. “There’s never a dull moment. I love what I do.”
Krysti has two jobs as a working sonographer and diagnostic medical sonography instructor at a local community college. With all her training and nearly a decade of work experience, Krysti is still missing the one credential she needs to achieve her career goals. [Read more…] about Bachelor’s Degree in Diagnostic Imaging Opens Doors for College Instructor
What makes a gifted pianist switch careers and become a marketer? We asked concert pianist Qinghua Lao, who is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) through the UW Flexible Option, to share her journey from musician to business executive.
We’ve all wondered, is it true what they say about Google’s employee perks?
“Yes, it’s all true,” laughs Jamie Dear. “Everything you’ve ever read about the amazing perks at Google is true.” Jamie is a IT Resident at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. He’s also an alumnus of a UW Flexible Option program. In 2016, at age 26, Jamie graduated from UW-Milwaukee with his Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology by completing the degree in the self-paced online UW Flexible Option format. [Read more…] about UW Flexible Option Graduate Lands Job as Google IT Resident
A day in the life of a nurse can be both overwhelming and rewarding at the same time. A typical day might involve caring for a patient before, during, and after surgery, learning about new medications, and communicating with staff at every level. Add the stress of higher education standards in the nursing profession, and it’s easy to understand why nurses often find it challenging to live a balanced lifestyle. For busy nurses like Carla Lundeen and Lori Kenyon, fitting education into their hectic schedules would be a challenge in a traditional campus or online setting. Instead, nurses in Wisconsin and Illinois are finding the self-paced UW Flexible Option a welcome solution.
Laurie Kobor is a student in the UW Flexible Option Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. She is also a registered nurse (RN) and has dedicated her time as a volunteer nurse at the Health Care Network (HCN) in Racine, Wis. for the last four years. Her drive to help those less fortunate in her community has led to her receiving the Molina Healthcare Community Champions award granted to “unsung heroes.”
“I completed 63 credits over 18 months and my total outlay was probably less than $200 per credit. That’s extremely competitive, especially from a major university.”
One of the first working adults to enroll in a University of Wisconsin Flexible Option program after its introduction in January 2014, Craig Kilgo had long considered going back to school to finish his bachelor’s. But, he said, “I never found the right program. I didn’t have time to attend classes in person and honestly, I didn’t want to pay for the ‘extras’ I didn’t need—such as dorms and campus fees.”
“I thought, ‘Perfect, this is exactly what I want,’” Craig said. “I didn’t have any hesitation at all. Once I decided to do it, my focus became how quickly I could get started and how much I could take on.”
Eighteen months later, in August 2015, Craig graduated with his bachelor of science in information science and technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Recently, we caught up with Craig to ask his thoughts on this innovative online program.
“A friend of mine spent two years and twenty thousand dollars to go back and finish his degree . . . I wasn’t interested in spending that kind of time or money, and with the Flexible Option, I didn’t have to.”
It took some time for Eric Stanfield to find the right bachelor’s program. But once he did, it only took him six months to graduate with his degree.
Eric began his college career studying engineering physics. Then accounting. Then computer science. Along the way, he earned a two-year associate degree.
“After repeatedly changing majors, I found myself looking at yet another year of school (and tuition and rent) just to finish a few classes,” said Eric. “So I left school. It was the dot-com 90s and I had computer skills. I was able to find a job immediately and earn a good living, so that’s what I did.”
Meet Lori Kenyon. She loves her job as an ER nurse at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. She has a son and daughter and travels around the world. On top of that, she earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in 11 months.
Her life is fast paced. And that’s why she chose the only program that would allow her to finish a bachelor’s degree at pace that matched her life —the University of Wisconsin Flexible Option RN to BSN online program through the UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing. She not only finished her degree in less than a year, but in May, she also became the first graduate of the much-watched competency-based BSN online program. [Read more…] about Busy ER Nurse Earns BSN Online in Less Than a Year Through Flexible Option