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Nursing Admission Requirements and Application Process

Applying to the College of Nursing + Health Sciences

Ready to apply for admission? We're excited to have you join the College of Nursing and Health Sciences family! Admission requirements to the nursing programs at UW-Eau Claire vary by program. The details for admission into the individual programs are listed below.

Admission to our BSN program is competitive, but when you walk across that stage to accept your diploma it will all be worth it. Although the application for the BSN program doesn't start until the end of your first year (once you have completed 30 credits), it's good to get a review of what requirements you need to meet in order to be accepted into the nursing program. Please review the admission requirements below and let us know if you have any questions.

Enrollment Information

Students wishing to pursue a nursing degree register as pre-nursing students. Then, a formal application to the professional program must be made. 

Students are encouraged to apply during the semester in which 30 credits will be completed. Deadline dates for filing admission applications to the nursing program are DECEMBER 1 and MAY 1. Students are able to pursue their degree at either the Eau Claire Campus or our Marshfield Site. 

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the nursing program, applicants must have:

  1. Been accepted as a pre-nursing student at the University and is currently in good standing
  2. Completed at least 30-semester credits, not including courses for the nursing assistant certification, with a total cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00
  3. Completed at least three required natural science courses, two of which are laboratory science courses, with a grade point average of at least 2.50
  4. Earned a grade of "C" or better in all courses required for nursing
  5. Completed all application materials

Note: Remedial coursework (e.g., Math 20) does not count towards the 30 required credits for admission. Chem 105 & Chem 106 together meet the nursing general chemistry requirement and constitute one course for the purpose of the nursing admission criteria.

Other data used by the Admissions Committee are derived from a variety of sources that include admission applications to the University and the nursing program, high school transcript showing rank in class, previous college records, and standardized tests such as ACT or SAT. International, non-native speakers of English applying to an undergraduate nursing program must have a TOEFL score as follows: TOEFL Written >560; or TOEFL (CBT) >220; or TOEFL (iBT) >83. 

CNA, CPR and Health Records
  • Evidence of Health Care Provider level CPR certification and all required health and background check information must be submitted at the time of admission to the program (not needed at the time of application). View the list of Eau Claire CNA sites and Marshfield CNA sites-coming soon.
  • Evidence of current or previous certification as a Nursing Assistant must be submitted prior to registering for NRSG 267.
Technology Requirements

All undergraduate students in the traditional BSN program track are required to have individual in-class access to a wireless-enabled laptop with webcam and microphone. No particular laptop is specified, with the exception that it not be a Chromebook, tablet, iPad, or Surface Pro due to software compatibility issues.

The laptop should also meet the following characteristics/capabilities: 

Processor Core i5 2.5 Ghz
Operating System Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (or Mac with ability to run Boot Camp, an application that allows the computer to run both Windows and Mac
Software Microsoft Office, 2016, Up-to-date virus protection
Memory 8 GB RAM
Hard Drive 256 GB, SSD (Solid State Drive)
Network Interface 100/1000 gigabit ethernet
Wireless Capability 802.11 AC or N compatible
Battery Extended life battery (at least 6-8 hours of capacity since not all classrooms have electrical plug-ins)

Preparation for UWEC

It's never too early to get started. Here are some classes we recommend taking in high school to best prepare you for a career in nursing: 

  • 4 units of English
  • 1-2 units of chemistry
  • 1 unit of physics
  • 1-2 units of biology
  • 2 units of Spanish, French, German, or other language
  • 2 units of algebra,
  • 1 unit of geometry
  • 1-2 units of history
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 1 unit of speech
Sample First-Year Course Work at UWEC

If you're wondering what a typical first-year class load looks like for a nursing student at UW-Eau Claire, you can find that here. 

Fall Semester

  • 4-5 Credits - Chem 103, General Chemistry or Chem 105 and Chem 106
  • 5 Credit - Writ 116, Critical Reading & Writing
  • 3 Credit - Psyc 100, General Psychology
  • 3-4 Credit - Communication/Language or Humanities course

Spring Semester

  • 3 Credit - Chem 150, Biochemistry
  • 4 Credit - Biol 214, Anatomy and Physiology I
  • 3 Credit - Psyc 230, Human Development
  • 3-4 Credit - Communication/Language course
  • 1-3 Credit - Humanities course or Elective
Undergraduate Program Plans 

Undergraduate program plans have been developed for the Eau Claire campus and for three campuses in the Marshfield area. You can attend your first two years in Eau Claire, or at the Marshfield area campuses below, and then years three and four at the UWEC Marshfield campus directly connected to the Marshfield Medical Center.

The program plans are developed for full-time study; however, part-time program plans can also be developed.

UW-Eau Claire at Eau Claire Campus Program Plan (.pdf)
UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield Program Plan (.pdf)
UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Program Plan (.pdf)
UW-Stevens Point Program Plan (.pdf)

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the BSN Program at UW-Eau Claire please review the steps involved in the application process below.

Step 1: Apply to the University

Current UWEC students can skip to Step 2

Note: a valid UWEC ID and email address will be issued upon acceptance to the University when appropriate fees are paid. A UWEC ID and email are required to complete the nursing application.

Click here to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Step 2: Prerequisites Coursework and Testing

Review the Admission Requirements (see above)

If you have any questions please contact Marcia St. Germaine (Eau Claire campus) or Dr. Rachel Merkel (Marshfield campus)

Step 3: Apply to the Nursing Program

Part A: Obtain Nursing Application materials

  • Each semester UW-Eau Claire Pre-Nursing students are sent an email inviting them to attend an application meeting (meeting is usually held in March and October). Applications are distributed at the application meeting. Those who are unable to attend the meeting due to work or class conflict may pick up the application in the nursing building (Room 127) beginning the day after the application meeting was held.
  • If not on campus, request materials to be sent via U.S. Postal Services by emailing your name and address to Marcia St. Germaine (Eau Claire campus) or Dr. Rachel Merkel (Marshfield campus)

Part B: Written Application

  • Application form
  • Please complete all sections of the written application form for submission by the appropriate deadline date
  • Supporting documentation should be attached to this application
  • Deadlines: May 1 for the spring semester, December 1 for the fall semester

Submit the written portion either by U.S. Mail or personally deliver to:
University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Attention: Melissa Gullickson
Pre-Licensure Nursing Advising Center
Nursing Building- Room 127

Post-Admission Documents and Helpful Information 

Student Release Form for Background Information and Health Record (.docx) 
Health and Clinical Record Guidelines (.docx)
Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook (.pdf)
BSN Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)
BSN Eau Claire Site Fact Sheet (.pdf)
BSN Eau Claire Site Sample Program Plan and General Information (.pdf) 
BSN Marshfield Site Fact Sheet (.pdf)
BSN Marshfield Site General Information (.pdf)

It's time to take the next step toward earning your BSN degree! All the information you need to apply to our program is listed below. If you have any questions, please contact us — we're happy to help!

Enrollment Timeline and Deadlines

You must formally apply to the BSN completion program in the semester prior to enrolling in nursing courses. You may apply while in the final semester of your technical college program.

Applications are accepted year-round for admission to the next academic semester.

Contact Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Kenney for additional information.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the BSN completion program at UW-Eau Claire, you must have:

  • Graduated with an associate degree from a nationally accredited ADN program with at least a 2.50 GPA (e.g. NLN, NLNAC, ACEN)
  • A current Wisconsin RN license (may apply last semester of ADN program)
  • Been admitted to UWEC in good standing
  • Completed 30+ transfer credits with at least a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Completed at least 3 of 5 required science courses with at least a 2.5 GPA

Application Process

Step 1: Contact the Admissions Coordinator for the BSN Completion Program

Before applying, it is important to connect with Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Kenney to review your transcripts & answer questions about the program. Contact Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Kenney for additional information regarding the application process.

Step 2: Complete the UW-Eau Claire application

After your meeting with the Admissions Coordinator, you are ready to apply! Please submit the following:

  1. UW System application
  2. $50 application fee online at time of application submission, or log back into your application to pay the fee. You are exempt from this fee if the last school you attended was a UW College 2-year campus.
  3. Official high school transcript — required for ALL transfer students
  4. Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended

Note: If you're a member of the military, submit your Joint Service Transcript or Transcript for Community College of the Air Force.

This information should be sent to:
UW-Eau Claire Admissions
Schofield 111
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701


Step 3: Complete the BSN completion application

Please submit the following:

  1. BSN completion application (.pdf)
  2. $35 application fee (currently waived)

This information should be sent to:
UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences
BSN Completion Program
5 Roosevelt Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Next Steps

You're on your way! After you have been admitted to UWEC and also admitted to the BSN completion program, there are just a few more steps to complete so you can enroll in classes and join our Blugold nursing community.

1. Activate your account

Activate your account by visiting https://myusername.uwec.edu. You will need your username and campus ID, which are found in your admit letter or application acknowledgment email.

2. Submit your transfer enrollment deposit

After being admitted and activating your account (step 1 above), sign into My Blugold CampS. Once you've logged in, follow these steps:

  1. Select Pay Enrollment Deposit from the menu on the left-hand side.
  2. Select Make a Payment or Deposit.

From here you will indicate the term you were admitted to, indicate that you are a transfer student, and how you wish to pay your deposit. If you plan to stay in the residence halls, you can pay your $75 housing deposit at the same time you pay your enrollment deposit.

Note: Your $100 enrollment deposit is refundable until the last business day before classes begin.

3. Apply for financial aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form found at fafsa.gov determines your eligibility for need-based financial aid, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible. Be sure you have released the information to UWEC by including our school code (003917) in the FAFSA.

Note: If you are transferring in 90 or more credits, contact the financial aid team in Blugold Central at 715-836-3000 or via email for information about eligibility to continue to receive financial aid.

4. View your credit transfer report

The Transfer Credit Report is available in your My Blugold CampS account and is typically available within two weeks of your acceptance. It will give you an evaluation of transferred credits. Contact the Admissions Office about missing or incorrect transfer of credits. Learn more about how to access the Transfer Credit Report.

5. Send in your final official transcripts

Review your letter of acceptance for the name of the institution(s) from which we need a final official transcript sent. Please request that the final transcript be sent to the Admissions Office within 30 days of your last term.

6. Find out if you should apply for reciprocity

The current reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin enables a Minnesota resident to attend Wisconsin public institutions of higher education at rates approximating tuition prevailing in the Minnesota State University System. You may apply online with the Online Tuition Reciprocity Application or, if you have additional questions about reciprocity, contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education at (800) 657-3866.

7. Attend orientation

Orientation is highly recommended for success and to help students navigate the program. This orientation is provided by the BSN Completion program staff and is offered periodically throughout the year.

8. Schedule an academic advising appointment

Contact Gail Hanson Brenner to schedule an appointment to prepare your academic plan.

Additional Resources

BSN Completion Program Fact Sheet (.pdf)
BSN Completion Program Information (.docx)
BSN Completion Program Handbook for Students (.pdf) 
Health and Clinical Record Guidelines (.docx) 
Student Release Form for Background Information and Health Record (.docx) 

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to prepare students in adult-gerontologic or family health nursing to assume leadership roles in advanced professional nursing. Students are prepared for roles in nursing education or nursing administration.

See admissions requirements for our Master of Science in Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master's)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree option is for individuals pursuing education in advanced practice nursing. The DNP is a clinical doctorate with two options to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in the areas of advanced clinical practice (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or nurse executive.

See admissions requirements for our Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Baccalaureate)


See admissions requirements for our Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master's)

Post-Master's Certificate

This post-master’s certificate program is designed for registered nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nursing and wish to obtain additional role preparation in education or nursing administration.


See admissions requirements for our Post-Master's Certificate

When I graduated from the UWEC nursing program I knew that I had been well prepared to kick off my nursing career, but I did not realize how well prepared I had been until I began my first nursing job. When my patients ask me where I went to school, I can always tell that they know they are in good hands when I say UW-Eau Claire.

John Springer Nursing
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