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Nursing Programs

  • Undergraduate BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Graduate MSN
  • Graduate DNP

 

Ready to begin your nursing career?

At Alverno, you'll experience the world of nursing firsthand. You'll work alongside professors who will personally guide you through rigorous course work, coach you to excel in clinical placements and prepare you for a lifetime of leadership as a skilled, compassionate nurse.

Not only that, Alverno is home to the largest nursing school in the state. This means access to the expertise and resources you need to become great, as well as a stronger network to keep you connected throughout your nursing career.

To learn more about the undergraduate nursing program, click here.

 

Why a BSN?

At a time when more employers are requiring a BSN, this is your chance to stay one step ahead of industry demands. In fact, the Future of Nursing report published by the Institute of Medicine set a bold goal of 80% of nurses having a BSN degree by the year 2020. A BSN also paves the way for advanced degrees and future growth in your career.

Why Alverno?

Alverno’s outcome-oriented curriculum is known nationally and internationally for focusing on you, the student. As part of our approach to learning, students learn the essential knowledge within each course subject while also developing the actual skills needed by nurses not just of today, but also tomorrow.

Program Highlights

What really sets Alverno's nursing program apart is that it's reflective of the world in which you'll work. Nurses are required to communicate effectively, think critically and problem solve easily - all skills students will master as a result of Alverno's world-renowned ability-based curriculum.

BSN Curriculum

To view the complete BSN Curriculum Course Sequence, click here

 

Tuition and Fees

Full-time nursing enrollment (12-18 credits) $15,312

Part-time nursing enrollment (per credit hour) $1,276

Campus Service Fee (This fee is for the use of library resources, technology resources, etc.) $350

Clinical Practice

Your clinical experiences in areas of nursing that interest you are guaranteed, and, unlike many schools, there’s no waiting list to get in. Alverno has close partnerships with 25 community health organizations that include hospitals, clinics, home healthcare, long-term care, mental health facilities and more.

Innovative Teaching

Nursing students will master the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, quality nursing care to their patients in the Clinical Education Center (CEC). The CEC houses the Clinical Learning Center (CLC), which provides students with access to clinic, hospital, and home settings to practice technical nursing skills, along with the Clinical Simulation Center (CSC), where students will participate in high-fidelity simulation experiences that mimic unique hospital settings. 

Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Learning Outcomes

An Alverno College graduate with a major in nursing has demonstrated the ability:

  • to apply leadership concepts and skills grounded in professional standards to support innovation and adaptation in evolving healthcare systems;
  • to integrate theories and evidence based practice using multiple ways of thinking to promote, restore, and maintain optimum health of diverse individuals, families, communities, systems, and global populations;
  • to integrate a global perspective with an understanding of self and others within the shared environment to promote health and well-being;
  • to promote a culture of quality, safety, and inclusiveness through mindful practice of continuous quality improvement; and
  • to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally using a variety of modes.

Ready to take your career to the next level?

Open to women and men, Alverno’s RN to BSN program is personalized and flexible, providing all of the essentials: academic growth, positive cohort support and work-life balance.

In just 18 months, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) from one of the most respected nursing schools in Wisconsin.

To learn more about the RN to BSN program, click here.

Why a BSN?

At a time when more employers are requiring a BSN, this is your chance to stay one step ahead of industry demands. In fact, the Future of Nursing report published by the Institute of Medicine set a bold goal of 80% of nurses having a BSN degree by the year 2020. A BSN also paves the way for advanced degrees and future growth in your career.

Why Alverno?

Alverno’s outcome-oriented curriculum is known nationally and internationally for focusing on you, the student. As part of our approach to learning, students learn the essential knowledge within each course subject while also developing the actual skills needed by nurses not just of today, but also tomorrow.

Program requirements

  • Associate degree in Nursing
  • Unencumbered RN license

Convenient class schedule

The program meets just one night a week, alternating between on campus and online – ensuring you’re able to balance work, family and an otherwise busy schedule. Courses last eight weeks, and you focus on one course at a time.

Hybrid learning

The RN to BSN program integrates the best of online learning with critical in-classroom instruction.

Start dates and cost

Choose to start the program in February or October.

Cost is $599 per credit, and is often reimbursed by employers.

RN to BSN Curriculum

  • Finding Meaning in Professional Practice
  • Professional Leadership Policy, Practice and Systems
  • Arts, Culture and Ethics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Nursing Research: Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement
  • Sustainability and Technology in the Changing World
  • Nursing Process with Individuals, Families and Communities
  • Informed Decision-Making in Complex Societies
  • Nursing Theory and Practice with Vulnerable Populations

“I’ve held a leadership role for 4 years now, and I was hired for that based on experience. In earning my BSN from Alverno, I feel that I’ve gained the knowledge and experience I need to really soar as a leader.

The potential for career growth that comes with a BSN is amazing – and it really advances your skills in theory, research, and communication.

For anyone debating where to go to school, I can tell you that Alverno is the place to go and feel that everyone is batting for you as an individual.”

Nursing Program Learning Outcomes:

The outcomes of the curriculum are the ability to:

  1. Communicate creatively and effectively;
  2. Integrate analytic frameworks within the practice of professional nursing;
  3. Apply problem-solving processes to promote wellness in multiple environments;
  4. Use valuing frameworks and ethical codes to promote human dignity;
  5. Interact effectively in interpersonal, therapeutic, and group contexts;
  6. Advocate for and improve access to health care;
  7. Fulfill the responsibilities of a professional practitioner in contemporary society; and
  8. Appreciate the uniqueness of self and others to promote wellness.

Are your ready to become an Advanced Practice Nurse?

Alverno's MSN degree gives you the power to provide a more advanced level of care to your patients and prepares you to become a leader in your chosen field. You'll have the opportunity for in-depth study of advanced practice nursing within today's complex healthcare systems; the nature of human development in social, cultural and practical or experimental contexts; and in the processes of practice-based inquiry. Our program also prepares you for doctoral work.

To learn more about the Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, click here

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Program details

Open to both women and men who are licensed as an RN. The coursework will prepare you to sit for the national certification exams.

Program requirement

Bachelors degree in nursing from accredited nursing school

Beyond the MSN

These programs are a good foundation for doctoral work.

Master of Science in Nursing Programs Learning Outcomes:

The Outcomes of the MSN Curriculum are that the Graduate will:

Exhibit mastery of communication skills in multiple modes to build crucial inter-professional team relationships that promote collaboration to ensure safe and effective outcomes.

Provide holistic, patient-focused, evidence-based care in the role of an advanced practice nurse.

Evaluate and apply informatics using current and evolving technology to facilitate and enhance optimal clinical care and organizational decision-making.

Skillfully engage in collaborative and trans-disciplinary leadership to (re)construct strategies for innovative and transformative change in complex healthcare settings.

Synthesize current and emerging science and theory to design ethical and cost-effective approaches to care that consider the uniqueness of individuals, families, communities and populations.

Tuition and Fees

Master of Science in Nursing, per credit $967

Campus Service Fee (Charged to all enrolled students. This fee is for the use of library resources, technology resources, etc.) $350

MSN Capstone Project Examples

  • Exploring labor and delivery nurses' knowledge and attitudes towards skin-to-skin contact following delivery
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of oral care protocol for preventing ventilator associated pneumonia
  • Pilot test for end-of-life nursing care documentation form
  • Experiences of nurses and physicians when making end-of-life decisions in the intensive care unit
  • Effect of in-home assessment prior to joint replacement on length of stay: a retrospective analysis
  • Development of an algorithm for the management of postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Survey of cardiac nurses' self efficacy beliefs regarding the implementation of heart failure clinical practice guidelines
  • Nurse satisfaction with the use of barcode technology for medication administration

Master of Science in Nursing Programs

  • MSN – Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post Master's Certificate Programs

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN Curriculum

The 39-credit hour curriculum offers the flexibility for both full and part time study. Courses are offered on a planned rotational basis. In this curriculum, 600 practicum hours are required.

To view the Master of Science in Nursing Program Curriculum Course Sequence, click here.

Ready to achieve higher level of nursing leadership?

In response to market demand, Alverno College is launching a post-master’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree that can be completed in as few as 18 months. This program is for nurses looking to increase their marketability and maximize their potential for career growth. Alverno’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing is fully accredited and widely recognized as one of the top nursing programs in Wisconsin.

Two tracks
• Leadership (32 credits)
• Direct Care (30 credits)

To learn more about the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program, click here.

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Program Highlights

  • Twelve courses offered in a flexible hybrid format that blends online and classroom education
  • A cohort model offering year-round classes in manageable, eight-week blocks
  • Attend full or part time; program can be completed in 18 months of full-time attendance

Benefits of the Alverno DNP

  • One of the state’s premier nursing programs built on the college’s tradition of ensuring student success at all levels
  • Access to the expertise and resources you need to take your leadership skills to the next level
  • A vibrant network to keep you connected throughout your nursing career

Outcomes

Advanced outcomes include leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based translational practice, advanced communication and informatics.

Tuition and Fees

$967 per credit hour

Campus Service Fee (This fee is for the use of library resources, technology resources, etc.) $350

Where will your DNP take you?

Nurses with a DNP will be prepared to assume leadership roles in complex clinical environments, lead the development of health care policy, translate research into practice, and serve as expert clinicians in health care. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported substantial growth in DNP programs to meet the needs of the complex health care system of tomorrow.

DNP Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the DNP program, the graduate will be able to:
  • Lead in the vision, development, implementation, and evaluation of patient-centered care delivery approaches that ensure ethical stewardship, accountability, quality, and patient safety.
  • Critically analyze and create innovative, evidence-based approaches to practice to optimize health care outcomes, reduce disparities, and improve health delivery theories and models.
  • Optimally select, use, evaluate, and design information systems/technology for improvement and transformation of health care.
  • Spearhead the creation, implementation, and evaluation of health care policy to advance the nursing profession and to advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in all aspects of health care.
  • Exhibit mastery of communication skills in multiple modes to lead crucial interdisciplinary team efforts that promote collaboration to create and evaluate safe and effective outcomes within integrative health delivery systems.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating care in complex situations.
  • Demonstrate expertise, advanced knowledge, and mastery in an area of specialized nursing practice.