Wisconsin RN Programs

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Wisconsin RN Programs

RN programs in Wisconsin offer students the chance to embark on a rewarding and challenging career. Registered nurses play key roles in the medical field, taking control of day to day patient care. This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy helping others.

An important aspect in becoming a registered nurse is finding the right school to from which to get a nursing education. There are a variety of different RN programs in Wisconsin, offering several different degree options. Those looking to become an RN should have no trouble finding the right program to begin a career.

Becoming an RN by Examination in Wisconsin

In order to become licensed as an RN in Wisconsin, an individual must first graduate from a board-approved professional nursing program. One can become licensed either by examination or endorsement, depending on whether or not he or she has been licensed previously.

In order to become licensed by examination, one must register for and pass the NCLEX. He or she must also submit the application for licensure by examination. Along with the application, one must submit the following items:

  • Statement of Graduation or Completion from nursing school
  • Statement of Foreign Nursing Education (foreign graduates only)
  • CGFNS Certificate Required
  • Temporary permit application and fees

Applicants for licensure by examination can obtain a temporary permit for up to 90 days while awaiting NCLEX results. If the individual fails the NCLEX, the permit is no longer valid.

RNs that are educated in a foreign country must have a course-by-course credentials evaluation by CGFNS. Evidence of English proficiency is also necessary.

Becoming an RN by Endorsement in Wisconsin

In order to become licensed by endorsement, one must have completed the education requirement and passed the licensing exam (if he or she was licensed in a foreign country, he or she must have passed that licensing exam. In addition, the individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Verification of working 2 years full-time or the equivalent in the past 5 years
  • Evidence of English proficiency
  • A license that is in good standing and has had no disciplinary action
  • Having not been terminated from employment as a nurse
  • Equivalency in requirements for licensure in other state or jurisdiction
  • Lacking an arrest or conviction record
  • Renewing an RN License

    Wisconsin RN licenses must be renewed every 2 years. The licenses expire on the last day of February during even numbered years. There are no continuing education requirements.

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    The Best RN Schools in Wisconsin

    By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, NurseGroups.com helps Wisconsin residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.

    Why Online RN Classes?

    Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

    Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in "classroom" discussions and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

    Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.


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    Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
    1400 E. Washington Avenue, RM 173
    Madison, WI 53708
    Phone: (608) 266-0145
    Fax: (608) 261-7083

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Other Schools with RN Programs in Wisconsin

Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound Drive
Appleton, WI 54912
Moraine Park Technical College
700 Gould Street
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015
Chippewa Valley Technical College
620 West Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
1800 Bronson Blvd.
Fennimore, WI 53809
Marian College Fond Du Lac
45 South National Avenue
Fond Du Lac, WI 54935
Bellin College of Nursing
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI 54311
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
2740 West Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54307
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
Blackhawk Technical College
6004 S County Road G
Janesville, WI 53546
Gateway Technical College
3520 30th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53144
Viterbo University
900 Viterbo Drive
Lacrosse, WI 54601
Western Technical College
400 Seventh Street North
Lacrosse, WI 54601
Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Herzing University
5218 East Terrace Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
Madison Area Technical College
3550 Anderson Street
Madison, WI 53704
University of Wisconsin - Madison
3550 Anderson St.
Madison, WI 53704
Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 N Lake Shore Dr.
Mequon, WI 53097
Alverno College
3400 South 43rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53234
Bryant & Stratton College
310 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Cardinal Stritch College
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Columbia College - Mount Mary College
2900 North Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Marquette University
1250 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1025 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
549 High Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Nicolet Area Technical College
5364 College Drive
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
505 Pine Ridge Drive
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Maranatha Baptist Bible College
745 West Main Street
Watertown, WI 53094
Carroll College
100 N. East Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186
North Central Technical College
1000 W. Campus Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
Moraine Park Technical College
2151 N Main St.
West Bend, WI 53090
Mid State Technical College
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

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