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.
If you'd like to learn more about the BSN completion program, we invite you to register for an upcoming information session.
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.
BSN completion program details
- Average program length: two years
- Offered: Online, hybrid
- Campus: Eau Claire, Marshfield
- Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
- Eau Claire Student Nurses Association (ECSNA)
- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
- American Assembly for Men in Nursing
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 887-6791. The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs are accredited through December 31, 2021, and the DNP degree program is accredited through December 31, 2026. The programs are approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.
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.
Unique opportunity for ADN students. We offer the first BSN completion course, CND 310 Bridge to Professional Nursing, as an opportunity to get a jump start on your BSN degree while completing your ADN. This flexible option lets you begin your BSN program early while offering you the chance to experience what UW-Eau Claire has to offer.
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.
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.
BSN careers and opportunities
- Nurse manager
- Nurse case manager
- Clinical coordinator
- Public health nurse
- Promotion within the Veterans Affairs Administration
- Leadership roles within Magnet hospitals
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)
- Research & Evidence-Based Practice
- Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
- Community Health Nursing
- Leadership & Management
- Chronic Care Management
- Information Management and Healthcare Technology
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)
- Bridge to Professional Nursing
- Nursing Within Systems: Analysis and Application
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.
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:
- UW System application
- $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.
- Official high school transcript — required for ALL transfer students
- 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
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Step 3: Complete the BSN completion application
Please click here for the e-form application, admission requirements, and checklist information. The $35 application fee is currently waived.
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 or Minnesota 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
Learn more about the admission requirements and application process of the BSN completion program.
If you are currently enrolled in an associate degree program or a graduate of an ADN program and are interested in taking the first BSNC course, CND 310 Bridge to Professional Nursing, please contact our post-licensure admissions coordinator, Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Kenney, to discuss eligibility and the application process.