If you already have a degree, earn your bachelor’s in nursing at UW-Madison in just 12 months and quickly move into this highly competitive and highly rewarding field.

Is this Program Right for You?

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the fastest route to professional practice for anyone with a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a non-nursing discipline.


Wisconsin faces nursing shortages even more extreme than the rest of the nation, especially in our rural communities. Experts say we will need an additional 20,000 nurses in our state by 2035, so your job prospects are excellent.


The UW-Madison Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated BSN) allows you to complete your nursing degree in just 12 months. Classes run from May to May and you enter the program as part of a cohort who support and learn from each other.


Your instruction is intense. You complete 48-50 credits of nursing coursework at the pace of approximately one credit per week. This equates to at least 45 hours of coursework weekly.


From the very beginning, you spend time not only in the classroom, but hands-on in clinics. Clinical groups are supervised jointly by the UW-Madison School of Nursing faculty and practicing nurses who serve as preceptors. With their guidance, you build the skills to work in a broad range of clinical or community settings and gain the professional perspective to manage or lead.


UW-Madison’s nursing faculty are renowned for our expertise and for the compassion we show to our students and our patients. Nearly 99% of UW-Madison nursing students successfully complete their degrees and 90% pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on their first attempt.


Given the rigor associated with completing your degree requirements, you will not be able to work at an outside job while in the Accelerated BSN program. However, within one year you have the education and the support you need to begin your deeply fulfilling nursing career.


What You Learn

  • Promote health and manage illness by providing safe, client/patient-centered care across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings
  • Employ professional nursing leadership concepts to address patient care and system needs to promote quality health care outcomes
  • Effectively use technology for patient care, education, and management of health information
  • Understand the roles and scope of practice of disciplines of the health care team and practice as an effective, collaborating member of an inter-professional team
  • Identify health disparities and advocate for culturally competent health services for all
  • Allocate health care resources to maximize the health care benefit to clients, families, and communities
  • Assume fiscal and ethical responsibility for clinical practice

Where & How You Learn


  • Accelerated


  • Complete 48-50 credits of nursing coursework during your 12-month program at the pace of approximately one credit per week; this equates to at least 45 hours of in- and out-of-class coursework weekly

Apply Now

All applicants must:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field from an accredited institution by the program start date; you may apply during the fall with graduation slated for the following spring, but must show proof of timely progress toward spring graduation
  • Be admitted to UW–Madison as a post-undergraduate degree-seeking student; there are two applications: one to UW–Madison and one to the School of Nursing’s via the Supplemental Application for the Accelerated BSN Program; Applications open August 1; check back for details
  • Have a minimum college-level cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Complete prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each course and a minimum combined prerequisite GPA of 2.75; all four prerequisite science courses (chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology) must be completed by the Accelerated BSN supplement application deadline and all prerequisites must be completed before the program start date; in addition, the four prerequisite science courses must have been completed within seven years of starting the Accelerated BSN program
  • Complete five university-wide general education requirements; at least two must be completed by the Accelerated BSN supplement application deadline and all prerequisites must be completed before the program start date

Applications open August 1; learn more about the application process or visit the program page.


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