A vital component of the political hub of Madison, Wisconsin, the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison is home to a nursing program and medical community that challenges the status quo.
About the University
Dating back to 1848, the University of Wisconsin-Madison boasts an amazing amount of resources. These include a 935-acre main campus, in the midst of Wisconsin’s capital city and an annual budget of nearly $2.5 billion (as of 2009-2010). Its research expenditures topped $900 million in 2006, making it the second largest research university in the country. Including 13 schools and colleges and enrolling 40,000 students each year.
Ranging from an estimated total yearly cost (including room, board, and tuition) of $22,000, for Wisconsin residents, to $39,000, for nonresidents, UW has been included in many “best buy” lists, such as those in The Princeton Review.
As an institution, UW-Madison prides itself on upholding an intellectually challenging academic environment, as well as an active campus in an ideal location. As a small city, Madison’s bustling downtown area is couched between two lakes that offer plenty of recreational opportunities, year-round. Considered the bike capital of the Midwest, Madison holds more bikes than cars, and its metro offers over 200 miles of biking trails.
About the Nursing Program
As Wisconsin’s top nursing research institution, The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing emphasizes collaboration with scientists and other medical researchers both within the UW-Madison campus and beyond. Nursing students work closely with the other schools in the health sciences part of campus, including those in the School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Pharmacy, in part through the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC).
Each of the more than 500 students enrolled in the school’s BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs all have opportunities for clinical studies in world-renowned health care institutions, such as the University of Wisconsin Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, and the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
In addition to the traditional full-time BSN, UW offers a more flexible RN-to-BSN program, as well. Students can choose to pursue their degrees on either a full-time or a part-time basis, without needing to relocate to Madison. Four other UW campuses provide the BSN@Home program, and web-based learning offers the ultimate flexibility. UW-Madison still provides students with various services as well as its unique capstone course that gives students the kind of integrated learning that they need.
Building a new home for the School of Nursing has become UW-M’s primary building priority between the years 2011-2013. The projected cost of $52.2 million will allow for a 160,000-square-foot building that will help educate nurses who can then invest in caring for the people of Wisconsin, in the years to come.
For More Information
For more information about UW, in general, you can visit its vast website or via various social media outlets, such as iTunes U. For more information about the SON, in particular, you can visit their website or e-mail the Undergraduate Programs Office.