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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Nursing graduate program is hosting an open house on campus to inform prospective nursing students and the community about the many benefits of enrolling in its graduate program.

Sharon Chappy, graduate program director for the College of Nursing (CON), understands first-hand the needs of graduate students balancing work, family and education. Chappy earned her Ph.D. in nursing from UW-Milwaukee while teaching and raising her family.

“We want nurses to know about the dynamic, flexible advanced degree offerings we have to help them achieve their professional goals,” said Chappy. “The open house will provide nurses an opportunity to speak with both the faculty from the various emphases and also current graduate students who can speak about how to balance everything.”

The open house is taking place from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the UW Oshkosh’s Nursing building Jan. 13.

“Having a graduate degree in nursing opens so many new doors to opportunities in the field, and the sacrifices associated with graduate school are well worth it in the long run,” Chappy said.

Earning an advanced degree while working remains a formidable goal, but CON is using technology to provide relief. The College’s clinical nurse leader and nurse educator emphases are one hundred percent online, while the family nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice emphases utilize a combination of online and face-to-face classes.

The benefits of online courses go beyond offering students the flexibility to complete their coursework during times that compliment their work schedules and family lives. Online classes also broaden the population of students the college can serve.

“Our clinical nurse leader emphasis is the only one in Wisconsin that is online,” said Chappy. “And we serve students from across the state.”

If you have questions about the Open House, please contact Julia Hodgen at (920) 424-2277 or

Colleen Huseboe, advancement officer for the College of Nursing, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.