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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Wisconsin

Around 6.9% of Wisconsin's graduates graduate from nursing degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 11,332 nurses graduate from Wisconsin's 44 nursing schools.

Top Schools

University of Wisconsin-Madison, which was ranked 12th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Wisconsin that has a nursing program. It is located in Madison. In 2010, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduated 237 students from its nursing program. Tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison was $8,983 per year.

The second-ranked school in Wisconsin with a nursing program is Marquette University, which is located in Milwaukee. In 2010, it was ranked 25th nationwide. In 2010, 154 students graduated from Marquette University nursing program. Students at Marquette University paid $30,462 per year in tuition fees.

Bellin College, which was ranked 25th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Wisconsin that has a nursing program. It is located in Green Bay. In 2010, Bellin College graduated 79 students from its nursing programs. Tuition at Bellin College was $19,639 per year.


Tuition at Wisconsin's nursing schools ranges from $35,038 per year to $3,339 per year. But, the average tuition is $12,303 per year. In 2010, the nursing schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Wisconsin were:

  1. Beloit College - located in Beloit, students are charged $35,038 per year
  2. Marquette University - located in Milwaukee, students are charged $30,462 per year
  3. Milwaukee School of Engineering - located in Milwaukee, students are charged $29,520 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Wisconsin nursing schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Blackhawk Technical College - located in Janesville, students are charged $3,339 per year
  2. Lakeshore Technical College - located in Cleveland, students are charged $3,355 per year
  3. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - located in Shell Lake, students are charged $3,371 per year

A nursing degree from a Wisconsin school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs nursing graduates in Wisconsin pursue include licensed practical nurse, family nurse practitioner, critical care clinical nurse specialist, and patient care assistant. 106,880 nurses were working in Wisconsin in 2010. Of these, 52,880 were registered nurses. In addition, 10,450 were licensed practical nurses, and 780 were family nurse practitioners. In Wisconsin, the largest numbers of nurse work in the following counties:

  1. Milwaukee County - 32,020 nurses
  2. Columbia County - 12,480 nurses
  3. Barron County - 7,710 nurses

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 126,330 nurses will be working in Wisconsin. This would require the number of nurse to grow by 13%.


nurses in Wisconsin make an average of $44,420 per year. In 2010, however, some Wisconsin nurse earned as little as less than $17,560 per year or as much as more than $151,400 per year. The following counties in Wisconsin have the highest average salaries for nurses:

  1. Columbia County - $64,732 per year
  2. Milwaukee County - $60,954 per year
  3. Brown County - $58,406 per year

Nurses in the following counties in Wisconsin make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Winnebago County - $50,080 per year
  2. Rock County - $50,465 per year
  3. Adams County - $50,465 per year

The nurses with highest average salaries in Wisconsin were:

  1. Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - $91,190 per year
  2. Registered Nurse - $64,280 per year
  3. Licensed Practical Nurse - $41,010 per year

The nurses with lowest average salaries in Wisconsin were:

  1. Patient Care Assistant - $25,620 per year
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner - per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Wisconsin statistics regarding a career in nursing. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as nurse assisting or LPN.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in Wisconsin
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in Wisconsin
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in Wisconsin
  • Doctoral Degree in Nursing in Wisconsin
  • Certificate in Nursing in Wisconsin

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 52,880 $64,280 11.6%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 37,630 $25,620 5.9%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 10,450 $41,010 1.7%
Medical and Health Services Managers 5,140 $91,190 30.1%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 780 n/a 66.0%

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