A Completion Program for Registered Nurses
Professional Program in Nursing
(Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Professor — Derryl Block (chair)
Associate Professor — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Sylvia Kubsch
Assistant Professors — Mary Jo DeVillers, Janet Reilly, Christine Vandenhouten
Lecturers — Brenda Tyczkowski
Advisers — Sharon Gajeski, Jennifer Schwahn


Course Descriptions

Overview of the Program in Nursing
The Professional Program in Nursing 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:

  1. Graduated from an associate degree in nursing program or from a diploma program in nursing;
  2. Grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) on post-secondary coursework, or satisfactory completion of a diploma program;
  3. Current RN license in any state; and
  4. Consultation with a Nursing program adviser.

Three Tracks, One Destination
The program is offered in three tracks: Campus Track (face-to-face courses); BSN@HOME Track (via the internet for nurses residing in the state of Wisconsin); and BSN-LINC/National Track (via the internet for nurses residing outside the state of Wisconsin). Even though courses are delivered through different modalities, the program requirements and outcomes are the same for all three tracks.

The Campus Track is designed for RNs who reside within traveling distance of UW-Green Bay. Limited sections are also available in Marinette and Rhinelander. Nursing courses are offered in campus classrooms. 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, through UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Programs (online or independent study/Saturday schedule), through UW Colleges (online or on campus), or through UW Independent Learning correspondence courses.

The internet-based BSN@HOME Track, for RNs who are Wisconsin residents, is available through the combined resources of the nursing programs at the UW campuses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee, and Oshkosh. The BSN is awarded by the home institution, in this case UW-Green Bay. All general education and support courses are offered via the internet through UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Programs and the UW Colleges online. BSN@HOME Track students are welcome to take courses on campus.

The internet-based BSN-LINC/National Track is designed for RNs who reside outside the state of Wisconsin. Students must have a current RN license from any state in the U.S. for eligibility. Practicum is arranged in the student's home state. All courses are available via the internet.

Students may study abroad or at other campuses in the United States through UW-Green Bay's participation in international exchange programs, through National Student Exchange, or through consultation with the Nursing adviser. For more information, contact the Office of International Education (920) 465-2413.

Note: New freshmen and other newcomers to nursing studies who are seeking an all-inclusive path to the Registered Nurse credential and the bachelor's degree should turn to the "Nursing: Preprofessional" information under the Preprofessional Programs of Study.

Program Requirements

General Education, 18 credits

  • Fine Arts, 3 credits
  • Humanities, 9 credits
  • World Culture, 3 credits
  • Ethnic Studies, 3 credits
  • Social Sciences *
  • Natural Sciences *

Nursing Support, minimum of 12 credits

  • Written Communication, 3 credits
  • Therapeutic Nursing Intervention Electives, 6 credits
  • Statistics, 3 credits
  • Speech *
  • Chemistry **
  • Critical Thinking Elective ***

Lower-Level Nursing *

Upper-Level Nursing, 30 credits

  • NURSING 317    Health Assessment, 4 credits
  • NURSING 341    Theoretical Foundations, 4 credits
  • NURSING 434    Nursing Research, 3 credits
  • NURSING 437    Management and Leadership, 4 credits
  • NURSING 444    Community Health Nursing, 3 credits
  • NURSING 445    Community Health Nursing Practicum, 3 credits
  • NURSING 451    Synthesis for Nursing Practice, 3 credits
  • NURSING 492    Nursing Special Topics, 6 credits

* Satisfied by articulation agreements/transfer credits.
** Chemistry is required beginning September 1, 2007, if no previous college-level chemistry.
***Critical thinking elective can be satisfied by certain humanities courses such as philosophy, or taken as a separate course.

For Further Information and Application Materials
If you are interested in furthering your education, marketability, and job satisfaction, visit our website at and see what we have to offer. We are also happy to answer your questions through phone or e-mail.

Campus Track:
Contact us at
920-465-2826 or
Toll-free 888-NSG-UWGB (888-674-8942)
To apply online:

Internet-based BSN@HOME Track for Wisconsin residents:
Contact us at
920-465-2826 or
Toll-free 888-674-8942
Visit the BSN@HOME website:
To apply online:

Internet-based BSN-LINC/National Track for RNs outside the state of Wisconsin:
Contact us at
Toll-free 877-656-1483
Visit the BSN-LINC National website:
To apply online:

Course Descriptions