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Explore the BSN completion program at UW-Eau Claire

Take your career to the next level with our BSN completion (RN to BSN) program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Our renowned program offers a flexible way for currently employed registered nurses, or those looking to build on their Associate of Nursing, to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

UW-Eau Claire nursing programs have a long and proud history of providing students with an exceptional education. As part of the collaborative UW BSN@HOME program, UW-Eau Claire offers a hybrid of both online and face-to-face coursework, giving you the flexibility of continuing to work in the field, while still benefiting from in-person instructor feedback and peer connections. 

Courses throughout the program will guide you to the next level of professional development, covering topics related to research, evidence-based practice, leadership, management and information management. A range of electives gives you the chance to study additional interests, including cross-cultural health, school nursing and nursing care at the end of life. This rigorous curriculum prepares you well for the next step of your career, allowing you to seamlessly transition into new roles and responsibilities. 

Why a BSN is necessary in today's world

Skylar Koel is taking the next steps to complete her BSN degree. Hoping to one day obtain her doctorate, Skylar is an advocate for education. In fact, she believes having a BSN degree will soon become a standard in the nursing field. 

"Patient safety and patient outcomes are greatly affected by how much education our nurses have," Skylar explained. "I would recommend UW-Eau Claire and recommend that you do complete your bachelor's."

Watch to learn more about why Skylar believes pursuing a BSN is necessary in today's world. 

BSN completion program scholarships

UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. For example, the Belva M. Zwygart Gerontological Nursing Scholarship awards $1,500 to a UWEC student enrolled in the BSN completion program who is presently working in long term healthcare.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your nursing degree.

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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UW-Eau Claire's RN to BSN program ranks 2nd in Wisconsin

We take pride in the fact that our RN to BSN program is ranked as one of the best in the state. Voted second for Best Online RN to BSN Programs in Wisconsin by RegisteredNursing.org in 2020, our renowned program was recognized for how well it supports students during school, toward licensure and beyond.

We know it's a big deal to go back to school, and choosing the right program is crucial. That's why here at UW-Eau Claire, you and your success come first. 

Quick facts

BSN completion program details
  • Average program length: two years
  • Availability: online and hybrid
Student organizations
  • Eau Claire Student Nurses Association (ECSNA)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • American Assembly for Men in Nursing

Accreditation information

 

BSN completion program highlights

Work-school balance. Our RN to BSN completion program offers the majority of courses online, so you have the option of completing your degree while still working. 

Flexible scheduling. The core courses within the program are offered in 7 and 14-week sessions, including the summer term. With these scheduling options, you can focus on one class at a time — while still completing two classes a semester — and finish your required nursing courses more quickly.

Rolling admissions. Our BSN completion program accepts applications throughout the year. Whenever YOU are ready, you can meet with us in-person or have a phone conversation with our Admissions Coordinator. This is an excellent way to ask questions, gain more information and apply at your own pace. 

Cultural immersion programming. A wonderful benefit of our BSN completion program is the opportunity to participate in a cultural clinical immersion experience. Not typically available in other RN to BSN programs, this experience will take you to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. Here, you will have a chance to promote healthcare for children and families within the community.

Enhanced skillset. Graduates leave with deeper cultural awareness, greater confidence and stronger attention to detail. Additional improved skills include leadership, organization, communication, critical thinking, creative problem solving and professionalism. 

Connection to local employers. For those not yet in the field, or those looking to switch career paths, our annual on-campus Nursing & Health Care Professional Fair is an excellent way to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

What jobs can you get with a BSN degree from UWEC?

Graduates of the BSN completion program leave with enhanced skills, additional tools and more connections. This increased knowledge leads to improved patient diagnoses, care and outcomes. Graduates find they are prepared for more responsibility within their current roles and often move up within their organization. 

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The personal and career benefits of a BSN

After 18 years of working as a nurse, Jen Miller was skeptical of going back to get her bachelor's degree. But after finishing the program, Jen quickly found a new world of opportunities available to her. Not only did she find herself eligible for more career paths, but she also found herself growing and maturing as a nursing professional in ways she didn't expect. 

"I learned how to take more pride in the role of being a nurse and also the honor it is and the responsibility it takes," she said. "We are the number one profession in the nation of being trusted and respected, and so [completing the degree] is taking more ownership of that."

Watch to learn more about the unique benefits of UW-Eau Claire's RN to BSN completion program.

BSN completion program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire has developed a collaborative and rewarding bachelor's degree completion program for registered nurses and those looking to move up in the field. Our comprehensive RN to BSN program will allow you to build on existing skills and prepare you for management and leadership roles, making you an even more qualified and sought-after nurse.

Classes for the BSN completion program include:

Core RN to BSN courses (offered online through the BSN@Home collaborative program)

The core RN to BSN courses are offered online in 7 and 14-week sessions, including the summer term, helping you balance work, school and family responsibilities. 

UWEC courses (offered as a hybrid of face-to-face and online)

You will also have the opportunity to take courses that interest you and diversify your education, with over a dozen electives to choose from.

Learn more about the comprehensive nursing BSN completion program in the UWEC course catalog.

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A smart choice for busy nurses

UW-Eau Claire participates in the BSN@HOME collaboration, which is a joint effort among six University of Wisconsin System nursing programs. All six UW nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Wisconsin registered nurses who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing with a 2.5 cumulative GPA are eligible for the program. At UW-Eau Claire, coursework is a hybrid of both online and face-to-face.

Application information

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:

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:

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

Academic requirements

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

Learn more about the admission requirements and application process of the BSN completion program. 

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