MSN Programs in Wisconsin

Most nurses are compassionate, caring, have great attention to detail and an outstanding desire to excel. Those who have spent time caring for patients and have the desire to move up may want to work in administration or nursing-related education. An MSN can help RNs and other nurses pursue those specialized positions within the field of nursing.

Schools with MSN Programs in Wisconsin

Finding a MSN Program

There are many different MSN programs to choose from. Though some people prefer campus based programs, the online option has become increasingly popular, especially in the nursing industry. See a Complete List of MSN Programs...

  • Marquette University is a college with Catholic foundations that offers an MSN program with a variety of specializations. This includes acute care nurse practitioner, adults, older adults, children, nurse-midwifery, health care systems leadership and clinical nurse leader. The credits required are dependent upon the specific track taken, but range from 33 to 39.
  • The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh provides students with the School of Nursing, which offers several nursing-related degrees. MSN related degrees include the MSN with Clinical Nurse Leader Emphasis and the Nurse Educator Emphasis. Both are 37-credit programs that span 2 full time or 3 part time years. While the tuition depends upon a number of variables, students should expect to pay around $18,000.
  • The MSN program from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire prepares students in “adult-gerontologic or family health nursing to assume leadership roles in advanced professional nursing.” The program is a 42-credit program and approximate costs are $9,654 per 9 credits including books.
  • Alverno College offers up an RN to MSN program with two tracks: the Family Nurse Practitioner track (660 practicum hours) and the Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator track (500 practicum hours). These programs can be completed in as little as 5 semesters, depending upon the student’s personal schedule and available study time. Alverno college is accredited by a number of organizations, including the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Bellin College in Green Bay is accredited by the CCNE as well as the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. They offer an MSN degree with two tracks: the Family and Nurse Practitioner track and the Nurse Educator track. The Family and Nurse Practitioner track is a 48-credit program with tuition being $714 per credit, not including program literature and other requirements. The Nurse Educator track consists of 38 credits and the tuition is the same.
  • Concordia University Wisconsin is a Christian-based university that offers an MSN designed to prepare nurses who want to become family nurse practitioners, adult-gerontology nurse practitioners and nurse educators. The programs are CCNE-accredited, and tuition is $615 per credit, with a nursing clinical fee of $515 per semester.
  • Edgewood College provides an MSN with administration concentration; a 36-credit program. They also offer a dual degree which combines the MSN with an MBA. There are fall, spring and summer sessions available, making it easy to find a schedule that works well for you. They also offer up a post-master’s certificate in education, which consists of 5 3-credit courses.
  • Accredited by the CCNE and the Wisconsin Board of Nursing, Marian University offers an RN to MSN program. Tuition costs are $12,150 for 12 to 18 credits and $404 per credit over 18 credits. While there is little information available on the school’s website, more information can be requested by interested parties.

Wisconsin MSN Checklist

  • Earn the MSN Degree from an accredited school.
  • Complete the appropriate application for licensure through the Wisconsin Board of Nursing or the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
  • Earn your certification from a national certifying organization approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. Your certification should be as a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist or a clinical nurse specialist.
  • Pass the appropriate examinations through the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.

Salary Data

An MSN can put nurses on track for a variety of different career opportunities, including family nurse practitioners, nurse widwives and nurse anesthetists. Therefore, the salary for an MSN holder can vary greatly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annual median salary for nurse practitioners was $86,240 in May of 2012. It was significantly higher for nurse midwives, at $111,480 and even higher for nurse anesthetists, at $170,950.

More information is available for campus-based and online schools that with Wisconsin MSN programs here: