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Explore the nursing bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Change the world one patient at a time with a nursing bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Known for producing skilled, compassionate nurses and health professionals, our renowned program will prepare you for your career through clinical practica, interdisciplinary simulations and clinical cultural immersion experiences. 

Under faculty supervision, you will gain experience in a variety of organizations, including hospitals, short-term rehabilitation centers, home care, community agencies, ambulatory care facilities, schools and nursing homes. Through these experiences, you'll work with different specialties like pediatrics, obstetrics, mental health, community health and more, making you a well-rounded, experienced hire. A strong focus on emergency preparedness allows you to learn about the roles, rationale and terminology needed to prepare for situations that require you to respond quickly.

Additional opportunities to network and enhance your learning are made available through study abroad, collaborative student-faculty research, and internships. And thanks to the program's strong reputation and local connections, many students are able to find work as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) while still in school. 

Students have the option to pursue their degree at one of two campus locations: at the Eau Claire campus or at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI. Both campuses offer students an exceptional education and strong partnerships with leading healthcare organizations, including Mayo Clinic and Marshfield Clinic. 

Kara Trainor

Small campus offers huge benefits

Kara Trainor is off to work her dream job as a nurse — an accomplishment she says would not have been possible without UW-Eau Claire's nursing program in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

“The best thing about this campus is the smaller cohort. We ended up with 14 students, and we have become a family," Kara said. “We were also able to develop professional rapport and build relationships with those who were teaching us. It made things like letters of recommendation and references a breeze when it came time to apply for internships and jobs.

“Enrolling here was the best decision I have ever made."

Nursing degree scholarships

UW-Eau Claire's nursing program is rich with scholarship opportunities. Currently, there are over 60 scholarships worth thousands of dollars for students seeking a nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire.

For example, each year the Donald and Leatrice Mathison Nursing Scholarship offers five $5,000 scholarships to nursing students. Donald is a UW-Eau Claire alum and Leatrice served as the Eau Claire Area School District's administrative secretary for 45 years. As long-time members of the Eau Claire community, their hope for the scholarship is to encourage students to enter the nursing profession.

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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Stacie Jacobs working on the oncology floor at Marshfield Medical Center

There’s no place like home

When a loved one was treated for cancer, Stacie Jacobs saw the incredible impact nurses in oncology have on cancer patients and their families. And she knew she wanted to be one of them.

However, with three kids and strong ties to central Wisconsin, moving to Eau Claire to study nursing wasn’t an option. Thanks to UWEC’s nursing program in Marshfield, Stacie could study close to home and earn her degree from a highly respected nursing program.

“Having the campus and everything right here made my transition from student nurse to intern nurse to professional nurse so much more comfortable,” Stacie said. “And the fact that my internship and clinical experience was on the same floor as where I now work as a professional nurse helped me feel at home from the first day.”

Now a nurse on the oncology floor at Marshfield Medical Center, Stacie is exactly where she hoped to be — helping others impacted by cancer.

Quick facts

Nursing program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: Eau Claire campus, Marshfield Medical Center
  • This major does not require a minor.
Student organizations
  • Eau Claire Student Nurses Association (ECSNA)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Accreditation information: The UW-Eau Claire bachelors of nursing degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through December 31, 2021 and is also approved by the State Board of Nursing.

Nursing bachelor's degree program highlights

Emergency training. Simulation experiences allow you to get a sense of what it's like to work with multiple health care organizations during a public health emergency. Scenarios covered include creating an emergency operations center and conducting a mass flu immunization clinic. These exercises allow you to practice likely events prior to experiencing them at clinical sites.

Experiential learning. Opportunities to participate in cultural clinical immersion experiences provide you with new experiences, skills and connections. Previous immersions have included work with the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Minneapolis and Barron County Somali population, and on Wisconsin dairy farms with Hispanic migrant workers. 

Purposeful travel. Broaden your perspective through study abroad and the National Student Exchange program. Popular study abroad options for undergraduate nursing students include Harlaxton, England; Puebla, Mexico; Valladolid, Spain; and Costa Rica. 

Research opportunities. Many nursing faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research projects and regularly invite students to collaborate with them. Projects have enabled students to co-author manuscripts, travel and conduct research internationally and present findings at regional and national conferences. 

Connection to local employers. Meeting potential employers and gaining a better understanding of the different types of care facilities is a critical component of the nursing program. To help you explore career paths, we host an annual Nursing & Health Care Professional Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the health care field. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

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

UW-Eau Claire nursing graduates find incredible opportunities in every corner of the United States. Equipped with knowledge, skills and experiences that set them apart from other candidates, graduates are ready to promote health, advocate for others and save lives. Because of the critical shortage of bachelor's-prepared nurses — especially in rural regions of Wisconsin — many graduates find jobs before or shortly after graduation. 

Where are nursing alumni now?

Nursing careers

Morgan Land, nursing students participating in a traditional tribal dance while studying abroad in Taiwan.

A global education

UW-Eau Claire students are regularly encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and experience something new. Recently, a group of nursing students traveled to Taiwan to do just that, expanding on their knowledge of alternative medicine. Students spent three weeks learning from, and collaborating with, physicians, nurses and fellow students.

During their downtime, students were immersed in a new culture, even participating in a traditional tribal dance with local elders. And for nursing student Morgan Land, the experience made quite an impact.

"Participating in research, studying abroad and caring for people of diverse backgrounds were just some of the 'once in a lifetime' opportunities I was lucky enough to experience while at UWEC," she said.

Nursing bachelor's degree program curriculum

As a nursing major, you will start out with pre-nursing curriculum, taking courses in chemistry, biochemistry, human anatomy, statistics and more. Once admitted to the nursing program, you will begin your professional curriculum and training. Experiential classes, interdisciplinary learning and regular collaboration will provide you with the critical skills needed to lead within diverse and complex environments.  

Classes for nursing majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive nursing major at UWEC in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the comprehensive nursing major at Marshfield in the UWEC course catalog.

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