Wisconsin offers a wide variety of nursing education for prospective students in facilities that range from university environments to teaching hospitals to community colleges and vocational schools. The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee offers the widest variety of degree opportunities, with programs that lead to a BSN, an MSA, a joint MS/MBA degree, a PhD and a BS-to-PhD program. They also offer a “Direct Entry Master’s (DEM) program,” designed for individuals interested in a career in nursing and who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in another field. The university’s Madison campus also offers a wide range of degree options. Other schools that may interest students who want to study nursing include: Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, where an associate degree is offered as well as the RN-to-BSN and MSN degrees; Edgewood College in Madison that offers the BSN and MSN in two specialties; Northcentral Technical College in Wausau that offers an associate degree and Bellin College of Nursing in Green Bay, where students can earn a BSN or MSN.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $11,000 and $62,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. West Virginia’s largest employers include many health care organizations, including Affinity Health System in Oshkosh, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, located in La Crosse, and Marshfield Clinic, one of the largest private, multi-specialty group practices in the United States. Today, with 727 physicians in 80 medical specialties and sub-specialties, Marshfield Clinic operates 41 centers throughout northern, central and western Wisconsin. They also offer residency opportunities and student programs. Aurora Health Care operates facilities in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin. They operate thirteen hospitals and more than 100 clinic with over 25,000 employees. Another large employer includes Columbia St. Mary’s, sponsored by Ascension and Columbia Health Systems. This is an organization of four hospitals, 30 clinics, a college of nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, River Woods Outpatient Center, and Cathedral Square Urgent Care Center. Many other health care facilities are operated throughout this state, including Hospital Sisters Health System with hospitals located in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Green Bay and Sheboygan.