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Wisconsin RN Programs

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 If the individual fails the NCLEX, the permit is no longer valid.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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On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in Wisconsin

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, 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 discussion forums 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.

Wisconsin RN Resources on

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

Wisconsin Nurses Association

Other WI Schools with RN Programs

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