Alverno College

3400 S. 43rd St.

Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922

Contact: Janet Stikel, Admissions (414) 382-6112

General Admissions: (414) 382-6100

Associate Dean for the MSN program: Carol Sabel, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Dean and Assistant Professor

Alverno College, an international leader in nursing, offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program designed specifically for practicing professionals interested in demonstrating the outcomes expected of advanced practice nurses at the master's level. This accredited program is open to women and men and focuses on integrative, experiential, and reflective learning. The Alverno MSN is designed for RNs interested in becoming clinical nurse specialists, family nurse practitioners or mental health nurse practitioners and/or educators who desire to work with patients, staff, and/or students. For those who have already earned their Master of Science in Nursing degree, Alverno offers post-master’s certificate programs (both Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator are options). Graduates of this program will hold an MSN degree, and be eligible for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification and/or the Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber license exam.

Bellin College

3201 Eaton Rd.

Green Bay, WI 54311

(800) 236-8707

MSN Program Director: Kimberly A. Udlis, PhD, FNP-BC, APNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner track is designed to prepare graduates to function as licensed primary care practitioners. Students complete core coursework followed by courses that focus on the provision of the full spectrum of health care services across the lifespan. Students learn to use advanced health assessment skills, screening and diagnostic strategies along with prescriptive practices to manage the health/illness status of patients and families. Practicum experiences that total 680 hours are completed in varied primary care health care and community settings. Graduates are eligible to take ANCC and/or AANP family nurse practitioner certifying exams. Please visit our website at: for more information.

Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator track is designed to equip nurses with essential knowledge and skills to provide nursing and health education with a broad scope of delivery. The core of the curriculum is nursing leadership requiring the integration of knowledge and practice. Main contributing curricular concepts include advanced nursing roles, knowledge synthesis, systems leadership, scholarly activity, and social responsibility. Students complete core coursework for the MSN degree along with courses that focus on curriculum instruction and design, teaching and learning principles, and assessment of educational outcomes. Practicum experiences are designed to meet the individual student career goals in relation to the setting for the education role, such as academic teaching, staff development, continuing education, and patient and community education. Please visit our website at: for more information.

Cardinal Stritch University

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing

6801 N. Yates Rd.

Milwaukee, WI 53217

(414) 410-4042

Dean: Kelly Dries

Concordia University Wisconsin

School of Nursing

12800 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Mequon, WI 53097

(262) 243-4306

Admission Director: Sheryl Guse

The Graduate Nursing Program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), offers a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in preparing Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology, and Nurse Educator. Offered in both on-campus and online formats. Graduates will reflect the critical thinking and professional skills needed for future nurse leaders in both the clinical as well as the academic areas. Graduate level scholarly inquiry based on theoretically or clinically directed research will provide the foundation for fulfillment of the professional standards and core competencies of advanced practice nursing.

Edgewood College

1000 Edgewood College Dr.

Madison, WI 53711

(608) 663-4255

Dean: Margaret Noreuil

Admissions: Jenna Alsteen

The Master of Science in Nursing degree offered by Edgewood College is a 36-credit program designed to develop nurses into leaders with advanced knowledge, humanistic values and the ability to contribute to the changing health care environment. Courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working adults. Post-Masters Graduate Certificates are also offered in both Nursing Administration and Nursing Education concentrations. The average class size is 15 students, ensuring a hands-on experience. Apply for fall, spring, or summer sessions. Courses are held at both the Monroe Street and Deming Way campuses. Inquiries can be made to Jenna Alsteen, Graduate and Professional Studies, 608-663-4255.

Marian University

45 S. National Ave.

Fond du Lac, WI 54935

(920) 923-8938

Dean: Julie A. Luetschwager, Ph.D., RN

Contact: Sara Meyer

Marian University's nursing programs have earned a distinguished reputation for excellence in nursing education. The School of Nursing and Health Professions continues to embrace Marian's mission of preparing educated professionals by offering an MSN degree program with tracks in either primary care Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator. As an adult with personal and professional obligations you will appreciate that Marian's graduate nursing programs include courses taught in the evenings or online, sequenced course schedules, a supportive educational community, and locations in Appleton, Fond du Lac, and West Allis. Cohorts begin in January and August. Contact us to learn how you can achieve your professional and educational goals in Marian's graduate nursing programs!

Marquette University

College of Nursing

P.O. Box 1881

Milwaukee, WI 53201

Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, Dean


The Master's program prepares nurses for advanced roles in nursing.  Students can specialize in adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner (NP), adult-older adult primary care NP, adult-older adult clinical nurse specialist, pediatric acute care NP, pediatric primary care NP, nurse-midwifery, systems leadership & healthcare quality and clinical nurse leader.  Marquette also offers a Generalist Entry Master of Science program for non-nursing graduates, designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing. This program is 18 months in length and requires full-time study. Students will graduate with a master’s degree in nursing and are eligible for CNL certification.

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)

School of Nursing  

1025 N. Broadway

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(800) 332-6763

Program Director: Dr. Debra Jenks

Master of Science in Nursing –Health Care Systems Management

The demand for well-educated, business oriented professional nurses in managerial and leadership roles is growing due to the increasing complexity of the health care system.

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Health Care Systems Management from MSOE, with its unique blend of nursing, business, and engineering concepts will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the health care environment. MSOE’s MSN program is based on the fact that nurses at mid-management and executive levels and nurse entrepreneurs must have the capacity to manage financial resources, manage human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems, and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice. The curriculum in the MSN program meets this need by blending the expertise of the faculty of the School of Nursing and the Rader School of Business with the student’s knowledge and experience. The MSN in Health Care Systems Management is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts.

Designed to accommodate busy working professionals, courses are available via blended-online format. This combines the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of online learning. The blended-online delivery format provides flexibility to balance graduate education with work and family responsibilities.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

105 Garfield Ave.

Eau Claire, WI 54702

(715) 836-5183

Dean: Linda K. Young, Ph.D, RN, CNE, CFLE

Contact, Graduate Nursing Programs Director: Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Professional Program in Nursing

2420 Nicolet Dr.

Green Bay, WI 54311

(920) 465-2826

Chair of Nursing:  Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, RN

Director of MSN-LINC Program: Janet Reilly, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CFNP

Advisors: Jennifer Schwahn & Sharon Gajeski

UW-Green Bay offers an online MSN Leadership & Management in Health Systems known as MSN-LINC. The asynchronous online MSN-LINC courses fit into your schedule without ever coming to campus. Fall, spring and summer sessions are offered.  The program offers superior advising and technical support; liberal credit transfers for prior learning; and a convenient online application at www.apply.wisconsin. Apply today!

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing

800 Algoma Blvd.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 424-2106

Dean: Rosemary Smith, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Dean and Director of Post-Licensure Programs: Sharon Chappy, Ph.D., RN, CNOR

Nurse Educator (NE)

The UW Oshkosh College of Nursing offers a 37-credit online MSN Nurse Educator emphasis that may be completed in two years of full-time study.  A part-time plan of study is also available (three years).  Students complete educator practical in classroom and clinical settings and can focus on a specialty area of practice.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The UW Oshkosh College of Nursing offers a 37-credit online MSN CNL emphasis.  The focus is on patient-centered practice, care coordination, quality/safety, and leadership.  The College of Nursing partners with the student's institution to provide clinical experiences in evidence-based practice, risk-reduction, outcomes management, and collaboration.  The CNL emphasis has a final 300-hour immersion practicum.  Full-time and part-time options are available.  A 14-credit post-masters CNL Certificate Program is also available.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the CNL certification exam.

Healthcare Informatics Certificate Program

The 14-19-credit post bachelor’s Healthcare Informatics Certificate Program at UW Oshkosh provides students with foundational knowledge to assume roles related to records and information systems in a variety of healthcare settings or other agencies in which electronic records are used. Knowledge of information management in healthcare enables professionals working in informatics-related fields to improve the health of our communities while working to contain costs, improve quality, and insure positive outcomes for patients and staff.  

Nurse Educator Certificate Program

The 11-credit post master’s Nurse Educator Certificate Program at UW Oshkosh provides students with foundational knowledge to assume roles as nurse educators in healthcare and academic settings. Those who complete the program will attain the National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for Nurse Educators and meet requirements for national certification. Eleven credits are necessary to complete the program.


The UW Oshkosh College of Nursing offers a streamlined ADN to BSN to MSN emphasis for NEs and CNLs.  Qualified RN students can be admitted directly to the graduate program and complete the online BSN@Home option and then transition directly to the MSN program (NE or CNL emphasis).  Students can take graduate level courses while completing the BSN.