University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Nursing School Review
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UW Oshkosh, UWO) was established in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1871. UW Oshkosh is the largest public university in the state of Wisconsin and is composed of 52 buildings on over 170 acres of land. The university enrolls over 13,000 students every year and offers education in business, education and human services, letters and science and nursing in four colleges.
UWO offers 60 undergraduate majors, 15 master’s programs and one doctorate program. The university also offers over 50 international study abroad programs to over 20 countries including; Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and Peru.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh is five semesters in duration and offers a combination of in-class lectures, laboratory work and clinical practice. The College of Nursing has a laboratory on campus, which allows students to practice skills on simulated models. Students complete their clinical practice via an internship in the final semester of the program. The clinical practice takes place in a hospital or a community agency setting.
UW Oshkosh offers an accelerated online Bachelor’s to Bachelor of Science in Nursing option, which is intended for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and can do so in 12 months. In order to apply to this accelerated program, individuals must satisfy admission requirements and complete the academic prerequisites before they can begin studies. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the university of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, individuals can go on to apply to write the NCLEX-RN examination, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). Registered Nurses work in a variety of healthcare environments, including; hospitals, physicians’ offices, long-term care facilities, hospices, and many others.
Accelerated Online Bachelor’s to BSN
The Accelerated Online Bachelor’s to BSN degree started in 2003 and is the first of its kind in the United States. Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in another specialty can earn a BSN in 12 months. The theory courses are offered online and clinical rotations can be completed in the individuals home town. Nurse preceptors are required for each clinical rotation in order to grade the student’s progress. There are two cohorts – May to May and October to October and courses are taken one at a time, with one credit per week. The program should be completed on a full-time basis, as it’s quite rigorous and therefore students are required to give up employment for the year. Students are required to attend campus residency three times each year, on orientation weekend, a two-week “Boot Camp” which includes lab experience and first clinical rotation, and then a one-week Capstone experience at the culmination of the program.
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN to BSN & ADN/Diploma to BSN)
Individuals who already hold a Registered Nurse licensure through an Associate Degree in Nursing, sometimes wish to achieve a baccalaureate degree as well. Individuals can complete a baccalaureate degree at UWO, through the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree option. This program can be completed online or on campus, as it suits the schedule of the Registered Nurse, as it is common for the individual to continue working while completing this program. The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh offers an option for Registered Nurses to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and go directly to a Master of Science in Nursing program. This program can be completed online or in person on the campus.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh offers a Master of Science in Nursing program, with specializations in Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) or Nurse Educator (NE). Both specializations are offered on a full-time and part-time basis and the CNL and NE options are completed completely online. The MSN can be completed from the RN level – RN to BSN (BSN at Home) to MSN, which allows Registered Nurses to fast-track their Master’s program, while still completing their undergraduate degree. The RN to BSN to MSN option also allows RNs to complete the MSN course through online options.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice offered at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the highest level of nursing education available. Individuals can apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice after completing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or after completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), as there is an integrated doctoral program offered at this level. The MSN to DNP option is offered as a part-time plan of study.
Certificate Programs in Nursing
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certificate program is for individuals who hold a master’s degree in nursing and wish to complete the requirements for the Nurse Leader Certificate. The certificate program is 14 credits.