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Educating more nurses through innovative partnerships

For more than 25 years, a partnership between UW-Eau Claire and Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield has enabled more than 550 students pursue their academic and professional goals without leaving behind jobs and families in central Wisconsin.

Through the university's satellite nursing program, which celebrated its silver anniversary in 2013, allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire while taking UW-Eau Claire classes at a site in Marshfield. 

State-of-the-art technology in classrooms in Marshfield and Eau Claire bring nursing students and faculty from both sites together for interactive discussions and learning. All nursing classes offered at the Eau Claire and Marshfield sites are available to students at both locations. Clinicals, advising and other hands-on learning activities take place at or near the Marshfield site, just as they do on campus in Eau Claire.

With health care becoming even more complex, baby boomers aging and many nurses preparing to retire, the demand for highly educated nurses is increasing across all of Wisconsin and the United States, making this program even more valuable.

Learn more about the history of this innovative and successful partnership —the first known agreement between a public higher education institution in Wisconsin and a private health care agency —from our "Pioneering partnership" story in The View.