Nursing Majors and Emphases

Merritt Knox, Dean
Office: Nursing/Education 148
Telephone: 920-424-3089

Michael Morgan, Director Graduate Program
Office: Nursing/Education 148E
Telephone: 920-424-2106

Stephanie Stewart, Director
Undergraduate Program
Office: Nursing/Education 148F
Telephone: 920-424-1028

Claire Meisenheimer, Coordinator Continuing Education and Outreach
Office: Nursing/Education 420
Telephone: 920-424-7232

Jaya Jambunathan, Research Director
Office: Nursing/Education 144
Telephone: 920-424-1274

Rebecca Cleveland, Student Services Coordinator
Office: Nursing/Education 41
Telephone: 920-424-2127

Selma Brophy, Health Place Coordinator
Office: Nursing/Education 20
Telephone: 920-424-1242

Code 74 or NURSING


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The College of Nursing is an integral part of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and derives its purpose from the mission and goals of the university. Faculty of the College of Nursing support the mission of the university by striving toward excellence in teaching, participation in research and scholarly activities, and providing service to the community. The College of Nursing faculty believe:

Each person has essential worth and individuality, the capacity to change, and the freedom to make decisions at every stage of life. Learning, health behaviors, and the health status of individuals and groups are influenced by interconnections with others, perceptions of life experiences, and adaptations during life processes, and effects from the environment. Each person has the right to information so that informed choices about health can be made. Therefore, an important function of professional nurses is to provide information and care which enables people to promote, maintain, or restore health.

Health is a dynamic state and a process of obtaining physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. Well-being is defined as congruence between one's possibilities and one's actual practices and meanings derived from lived experiences. Well-being is based on caring and being cared for.

Environment refers to both internal and external factors. Internal factors consist of the physical and psychological characteristics of the individual or group. External factors include the sociocultural, economic, political, physical, legal, ethical, and organizational characteristics of society. The health care system is also an integral part of environment and influences the health status and health-seeking behaviors of individuals, groups, and communities. Nurses interact with all elements of the environment to assist individuals and groups to optimize their health status.

Nursing is a discipline and a profession. As a discipline, nursing supports the belief that there is a dynamic interrelationship between the individual and the environment. As a profession, nursing is committed to assisting individuals in the performance of activities that contribute to their health. Caring is provided by nurses in ways that enable individuals, families, and groups to gain independence and to participate in planning their health care. Nurses use the nursing process as a method of assisting clients to reach health.

Education is a reciprocal process during which the learners acquire knowledge, ability, and self- awareness. Learning occurs in a variety of ways, at different rates, at different times, and in different settings. Curricula designed to prepare professional nurses acknowledges that formal education and other life experiences provide individuals with the knowledge necessary to achieve their potential. The faculty strive to provide a learning environment which acknowledges individual needs, abilities and talents. This learning environment promotes the self-esteem and confidence necessary in the professional nursing role. Students are encouraged to engage in critical thinking, consider alternate viewpoints, appreciate the diversity of a multicultural, dynamic society and demonstrate professional commitment.

Professional nursing education builds on a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Graduates of the program use problem solving methods, analytical reasoning, and increasing knowledge and skills to practice nursing. Continuous learning and evaluation are the mutual responsibilities of faculty and students.

At the baccalaureate level, graduates are prepared to: provide nursing care in diverse settings; share accountability for health with clients and other members of the health care team; utilize the findings of nursing research; and make nursing judgements independently and collaboratively with others. Undergraduate students are encouraged to grow and develop using an eclectic conceptual framework to practice as a professional nurse. Upon graduation from the baccalaureate program, the individual is prepared to pursue graduate study.

Graduate nursing education at the master's level includes scholarly inquiry into the preparation, practice, and provision of nursing service to society. Emphasis is on the acquisition and application of advanced knowledge of primary health care nursing through collaborative practice in various settings. The educative process builds upon baccalaureate nursing preparation and facilitates advanced professional role development, identification of research able nursing problems, and the use of research by nurse practitioners, educators, or administration. The master's program prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice and provides a foundation for doctoral study.

Continuing education, is an integral part of professional activity, and is fostered as a value in the educative process to promote life-long learning for the professional nurse. Self-initiated activities related to the enhancement of nursing practice and further role development are characteristics of professional nurses.


Undergraduate: A major in Nursing can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).

Graduate: The College offers this graduate degree: Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.).


1. GOAL(S)

See the department for a listing of their goal(s).


The College offers a choice of 2 emphases within the Nursing Major. These are: 1) Basic Undergraduate Emphasis; 2) Registered Nurse -Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Emphasis.

The College offers the emphasis for registered nurses in the Collaborative Nursing Program (CNP). Courses are offered in cooperation with the other four nursing programs in the University of Wisconsin system (Madison, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Green Bay) via distance learning technology. Advisors are located at the Oshkosh campus and at an outreach office in North Central Wisconsin with an office at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County Center Campus. SEE RN EMPHASIS.





The graduates of the College of Nursing will use competencies developed from a basic liberal education and will have nursing knowledge and practice skills described in the Essentials of College and University Education for Professional Nursing (1986). They also will be able to manage care and collaborate with other health care providers. They will demonstrate abilities in communication, critical thinking, and nursing interventions. Their behavior will exhibit the internalized values, traditions, obligations, and concerns of the profession. The graduates are motivated to renew their nursing knowledge and are prepared for further formal education in the profession.

Graduates will be committed to nursing as a profession of caring, showing compassion and acceptance of others. Graduates will also be self-assured, self-directed, assertive persons. As professionals and leaders (within a chaotic health care environment), graduates will be accountable to the profession and the client.

Graduates will demonstrate attitudes and behaviors which reflect professional values. They will show a commitment to the seven essential, professional values identified by the AACN which are: altruism, equality, esthetics, freedom, human dignity, justice, and truth. A commitment to these values can be evidenced by caring, commitment, empathy, tolerance, sensitivity, positive regard, independence, trust accountability, genuineness, and authenticity.

Curriculum Outcomes

Using knowledge and abilities acquired from the study of nursing and a liberal education, the graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing baccalaureate program demonstrates:

  • critical thinking
  • competence in the core skills of skills critical thinking
  • nursing intervention at an entry level of competence
  • competence in the cognitive skills of nursing interventions
  • competence in the interpersonal skills of nursing interventions
  • competence in the psychomotor skills of nursing interventions
  • abilities in communication
  • appropriate use of communication methods for the context of the situation
  • valuing of health
  • commitment to a holistic philosophy of health
  • ability to function in the entry level roles of the professional nurse
  • competence as a beginning professional nurse in the roles used in the practice of nursing
  • appreciation of the dynamic relationship between client systems and the environment
  • valuing of the interaction between client systems and the environment
  • use of systematic inquiry to influence nursing practice
  • the ability to use and value research
  • an appreciation of the role of research in professional nursing
  • a commitment to nursing as a profession of caring
  • the skills and behaviors that are characteristic of caring
  • valuing of lifelong learning in a chaotic health care environment.
  • responsibility for personal and professional growth as a member of society and the profession


Admission in to the professional component of the program is selective, based on University, College, and Agency resources, and College of Nursing admission criteria. To be eligible to apply, the student must have sophomore standing (30 credits completed) and a minimum 2.75 on the completed requirements (see courses listed below) which shall include a minimum of 4 out of the 6 required science courses. All of the required courses and a total of 45 credits must be completed with a minumum "C" grade by the end of the semester in which you are applying.

Admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the professional nursing courses. Based on space availability, education facilities, resources of the College of Nursing and clinical learning opportunities, it is possible that some qualified students may not be admitted to the professional component of the nursing major.

Deadline: Application forms are to be submitted to the Undergraduate Program Office by the end of the fourth week of Spring and Fall semesters. Those students granted admission will begin their nursing studies in the semester following application and acceptance.


To be considered for admission to the professional sequence of study, the student must meet the following admission requirements of the College of Nursing.

1). Course work to be completed with a minimum "C" grade to be eligible to apply:

English: 38-101 Mathematic: 67-103 or 67-107 Psychology: 86-101 additional general education requirements (6 credits)
AND at least 4 out of the 6 required science courses:

Biology: 26-105, 26-211 , 26-212, 26-233 Chemistry: 32-101, 32-102

A student's admission GPA will be calculated on the above courses (2.75 minimum). If more than 4 science courses are completed, the GPA will be calculated on the best 4 grades. The GPA is calculated to two decimal points. In addition, the following courses along with sufficient credits totaling 45 must be completed with a minimum of "C" grade by the conclusion of the semester in which the student is applying:

Speech: 96-111 Growth and Development: 74-200
Remaining 2 science courses (see required list above)

2). Students are encouraged to take CLEP tests (College Level Examination Program) to lighten credit load during the freshman year. These exams give credit for prior learning. Contact the nursing advisor for more information.

3). Students are allowed to repeat no more than two course(s), one time each, regardless of where taken.

4). Applicants who are selected for acceptance into the clinical nursing major but decline must reapply to a later class if they desire to be reviewed for subsequent progression.


1). The faculty may request an interview or written essay. (Topic, format and evaluation methods to be determined by the Academic Standing Committee.)

2). In keeping with the System and University commitment to diversity, the College of Nursing Academic Standing Committee will consider qualified students (meeting the admission criteria but not meeting the cut-off admission score) who are United States citizens and members of underrepresented heritage groups as defined by federal guidelines.


Health agencies have been employing increasingly sophisticated computer systems. It is imperative that nursing students be prepared to use computers in their practice. In the nursing major, you will find computer concepts and skills integrated in your courses. Prior to enrolling in Caring and the Foundations of Nursing, you will be expected to have some experience with a word processing program. Netscape and World Wide Web are discussed in your Sophomore II Health Assessment course. It will also be helpful if you become familiar with computer-assisted library research and applications of databases. There are computers available to students on the second floor of the Nursing/Education building, Clow computer lab, Swart computer lab, and Halsey Science computer lab. If you are not familiar with applications of computer programs before admission to the clinical major, you will need to learn them during the first semester of the professional component. Short courses are available in your local area through schools and computer stores.


A list of required immunizations, including documentation from a health care provider for 2 MMR's (measles, mumps, rubella) and TB skin test (2 step test required) along with a Xerox copy of both sides of your Professional CPR card will be required by the end of the Sophomore II course in the professional component of the major. TB skin testing clinics and CPR classes will be available through the College of Nursing. (Fees for TB tests and CPR class are nominal and must be paid by the student on the day of the clinic/class.) These requirements should be completed with the entire Sophomore II class at the end of the semester. This will ensure that the requirements are complete for a full year of clinical.

5). A criminal background check paid for by the student ($5.00 if Wisconsin resident; fees vary for other states) is a requirement for admission to the major. Certain agencies may not permit clinical practice for students with criminal records.

6). Random drug screening of students may be required by some clinical agencies. If required, the cost must be paid by the student. A positive test will be managed according to College of Nursing and/or agency policy.


1). For continued progression through the nursing major, the student must earn at least a 2.0 (C) in each required nursing and nonnursing course and a semester GPA of 2.50.

2). For optimal learning in the nursing major, students are advised to maintain full-time status. Students requesting part-time status must provide compelling reasons for part-time study to be approved. Requests for part-time study are made to the Undergraduate Program Director.


Nursing is a professional discipline, and students enrolled in the nursing program must anticipate some additional costs that are directly related to the nursing program. These include uniforms, nursing textbooks, health requirements, transportation associated with clinical experience. In addition to the costs indicated above, students are expected to have a watch with a second hand, nametag, pin, pocket scissors, stethoscope, and personal safety kit (gloves, CPR mask, goggles).

Students in the professional nursing program must provide their own transportation to and from clinical experiences. Many clinical experiences will require travel to communities outside the city of Oshkosh.

Some of these requirements may change; for more information, please contact the College of Nursing - Nursing/Education Bldg. 148, 800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI 54901, 920-424-1028.



74-200, 74-202, 74-204, 74-206, 74-207, 74-209, 74-309, 74-311, 74-312, 74-313, 74-314, 74-315, 74-318, 74-322, 74-336, 74-346, 74-348, 74-358, 74-412, 74-413, 74-416, 74-417, 74-419, 74-422, 74-424, 74-425, 74-426, 74-427, 74-432.



Required Credits: 65 minimum

Required Courses: All of the core courses

Electives: Sufficient courses from the College's offerings to meet the minimum requirement.


Qualifications of applicants for licensure examination as a registered nurse: 1) good professional character; 2) graduated from high school or its equivalent; and 3) graduated from an accredited school of professional nursing.


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing offers the emphasis for registered nurses on the Oshkosh campus and an outreach offering in North Central Wisconsin with a faculty office at the University of Wisconsin - Wood County Campus. The College participates in the Collaborative Program for registered nurses offered through the joint efforts of nursing programs at the University of Wisconsin campuses located in Madison, Eau Claire, Oshkosh, Milwaukee and Green Bay. The goal of the program is to provide flexibility so that registered nurses can pursue their education without having to relocate or travel great distances to a campus.

Registered nurses selecting University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as the " home" institution are eligible for all student related services (advising, financial aid, etc) offered by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In addition, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers the baccalaureate degree for those students selecting University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as the "home" institution. However, students have the option to attend classes at convenient sites throughout the state


Registered nurse students meet the following requirements of the Collaborative Program: 1) An associate degree in nursing or graduation from a three year nursing program (diploma); 2) minimum grade point average of 2.5; 3) Licensure as a registered nurse (current); 4) one year of clinical practice is highly recommended.

In addition, registered nurse students complete a one credit course, Orientation to Clinical Major, RN (74-324) early in the Program.


1. Collaborative Program Credit Breakdown - 120 cr.

Credits determined by the "home" institution. Other campuses may have up to 124 cr.

  • Prior learning credits 60 cr. maximum
  • Advanced nursing courses 30 cr.
  • Campus specific requirements 30 cr.
2. Required Core Courses (Collaborative Curriculum)

  • 71-341 Theoretical Foundations
  • 71-317 Health Assessment
  • 71-434 Nursing Research
  • 71-437 Management and Leadership in Nursing
  • 71-444 Community Health Nursing

3. Required Campus Specific Courses

In addition to the required general education requirements, the core collaborative courses, registered nurses complete:

  • 74-324 Orientation to Major, RN 1 cr.
  • 74-438 Nursing Practicum III, RN 3 cr. (clinical)
  • 74-448 Nursing Practicum IV, RN 4 cr. (clinical)Nu
  • Nursing electives 4 cr.

4. Nursing Electives

Students may select from any of the nursing electives by the College of Nursing or courses approved as nursing electives on the various collaborating campuses. For additional information about nursing electives, contact an advisor.

5. Electives

Sufficient courses to meet the required number of credits for graduation.

6. Prior Learning Credits (Policy of Collaborative Program)

Wisconsin ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) students who have graduated from a National League for Nursing (NLN) approved program in 1989 or later, may be granted up to 60 credits. This would include credits taken in basic nursing, general education, occupational support and approved electives.

Registered nurses not meeting the ADN completion date of 1989 or who attended diploma school or an out-of-state school will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine transfer credits. Additional lower division coursework in general education and/or occupational support content may be needed.

7. Advisor(s)

Christine Tower; M.S., Ed; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Advisement Center, Dempsey Hall 130/Diane Ernst, RN M.S.N; University of Wisconsin Marathon County Campus, Wausau



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Last Updated July 1, 1999