BSN@Home is a BSN bachelor’s degree completion program through which RNs can earn their BSNs at their own pace. The program is cooperatively administered by six four-year campuses of the University of Wisconsin System. Each UW campus nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The program, designed for Wisconsin nurses, provides a shared core curriculum of upper-level nursing courses, along with a “home campus” model for fulfillment of other requirements for the BSN degree.
The BSN@Home program is available to:
- residents of Wisconsin;
- residents of upper peninsula of Michigan; and
- residents of contiguous counties of Illinois, Iowa or Minnesota.
Wisconsin Technical College Articulation Agreement
If you have previously taken courses at a Wisconsin Technical College, your credits may transfer under our articulation agreement. Students graduating from the WTCS in May 1996 or after are eligible to receive a total of 60 transfer credits to apply to the BS in Nursing degree at the UW System BSN@Home Program. Contact your home campus to determine how these credits meet your degree requirements.
Flexible Time to Completion
Your home campus will work with you to determine an academic plan that fits for you, but you will have the ability to change that plan to complete your degree faster or to take courses a bit slower. The amount of time needed to complete your BSN degree will depend on how many credits you need and the graduation requirements of your home campus. The number of credits you wish to take each term also affects the length of the program. We understand that you are balancing work, your personal life, and school. We also understand that you want to get the most from advancing your education. The best way to do this is to communicate your plans and any changes to your advisor, who can help guide you in a timeframe that is individualized and works for you.
About Online Courses
Most nursing courses in the program are offered online, though some campuses require that students take one or more of their required courses on campus. See choose a campus for more information about individual campus requirements.
Online courses have several features like the face-to-face courses. Both have individual assignments and cooperative group projects, and both may require you to take examinations to show you are learning the course material. The instructor directs you through the activities, posting announcements, delivering lecture materials, responding to questions, and grading assignments and exams. The great benefit of being in an online course is that you can have the flexibility to fit your learning into your schedule. For successful online learning, it is recommended that you log on daily to check for announcements and review online materials. How long you need to be online depends on the activities for that session.
Look at the course calendar to see when assignments are due and when projects begin and end. Your course may have a very explicit schedule that tells you when you need to be online for different assignments. For example, you may have a class discussion for which you will need to submit an initial comment on a Monday and then respond to another student’s comment on Tuesday. Requirements of this kind will be spelled out in the respective assignment or discussion.
Unlike the situation in most face-to-face courses, where you can show up for class, listen to lectures, and perhaps not play an active role in the discussion, the assignments in online courses require your participation. If you do not keep up with reading and other homework, you will not be able to contribute meaningful, timely comments to the online discussions.
Flexibility is built into online courses. You can log on when it is convenient for you, but there are some things to consider:
- Although online courses are asynchronous (students are not online at the same time), there are deadlines.
- You are responsible for acquiring the assigned reading materials.
- You will need to contribute to discussions and reply to other students’ comments.
- You will need to submit assignments on time.