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.
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.
Nursing program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: Eau Claire campus, Marshfield Medical Center
- This major does not require a minor.
- 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.
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.
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?
- Registered nurse, Sacred Heart Hospital, Wisconsin
- Director of surgical prep & recovery department, Mayo Clinic Health System, Wisconsin
- Nurse practitioner, Anchorage Medical, Alaska
- Pediatric hematology/oncology nurse, University of Wisconsin Health Systems, Wisconsin
- Hospital nursing service administrator, Mayo Clinic Health System, Minnesota
- Registered nurse, American Mobile Healthcare, California
- Coordinator of nursing special projects, Central Vermont Medical Center, Vermont
- Medical-surgical registered nurse
- Family nurse practitioner
- Labor and delivery nurse
- Clinical instructor
- Nurse case manager
- Clinical coordinator
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 degree majors might include:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
- Nursing Care of Children and Families
- Community and Public Health Nursing
- Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
- Nursing Leadership and Systems
- Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
- Nursing Care of Women, Infants, and Families
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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