Overview of the RN-BSN Program

The RN-BSN completion program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay provides an opportunity for Registered Nurses (RNs) holding an associate degree or diploma in nursing to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). This accredited, high quality program is designed to be nurse friendly, flexible, and meet the needs of adult learners and working registered nurses. Prior learning is acknowledged through liberal articulation and transfer policies.

The program is built upon the foundation of the associate degree or diploma in nursing and includes general education courses, courses supportive of nursing, and upper-level Nursing major courses. The program consists of 120 credits for the BSN degree. The RN transfers at least 60 credits through articulation agreements. Additional credits completed at other universities, colleges, or community colleges may also transfer. The remaining UW-Green Bay requirements for graduation include a college-level chemistry course, 30 credits of general education and support courses for the Nursing major, and 30 credits of upper-level Nursing courses.

Based upon professional standards and what employers say they value most, the Nursing curriculum targets:

  • Professional nursing roles and nursing science development
  • Practice based on research, standards, and theory
  • Strong communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills
  • Autonomous therapeutic nursing interventions
  • Culturally congruent and ethically sound nursing care
  • Responsibility for being a change agent and lifelong learner

Students in the Nursing major must have:

  •  Graduated from an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program or from a diploma program in nursing;
  •  Grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) on post-secondary coursework, or satisfactory completion of a diploma program;
  •  Current, unencumbered RN license in any state; and
  •  Consultation with a Nursing program adviser.

Online or On Campus- One Destination
  • Online Courses Offered through the BSN@HOME Collaborative (for nurses residing in- or out-of-the-state of Wisconsin);
  • On-Campus Courses are “block scheduled” (i.e., each course meets once per week or every other week).
  • General education and support courses can be completed on campus, online via UWGB, UW Colleges, or through UW Independent Learning correspondence courses.

The online BSN@HOME Collaborative is available through the combined resources of the nursing programs at the UW campuses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and Stevens Point. The BSN is awarded by the home institution, in this case UW-Green Bay. Eligible students must have a current RN license from any state in the U.S.  A practicum is arranged near the student’s home. All courses are available via the internet.