Over 2946 students from participating UW campuses have graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from this model statewide program. 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 program is available to residents of Wisconsin, as well as state border areas of the upper peninsula of Michigan, and contiguous counties of Illinois, Iowa or Minnesota.
The initial idea began in 1992 when faculty from five University of Wisconsin campus nursing programs located in Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Green Bay began meeting together with facilitation provided by UW-Extension. The goal was to collaboratively provide BSN degree completion for registered nurses through the use of distance technologies. In 1995, the program was launched, then called the Collaborative Nursing Program.
A Steering Committee designed a collaborative program of shared courses with implementation of the first two courses in spring 1996. Currently, two key committees exist, the BSN@Home Steering Committee and BSN@Home Advisors Committee. Both committees, with representatives from each of the campuses and UW-Extension, meet regularly to facilitate the operations of the program.
The UW System Collaborative Nursing Program launched a new website and officially changed its name to BSN@Home in 2006. In fall 2013, UW-Stevens Point offered its first nursing course as a new partner in the BSN@Home program.
Founding Members of the Collaborative Nursing Degree Committee (now BSN@Home)
- UW-Eau Claire: Marjorie Bottoms and Sandra Dirks
- UW-Green Bay: Juanita Theile and Robert Bauer
- UW-Madison: Barbara Gessner and Patricia Lasky
- UW-Milwaukee: Ellen Murphy and Laurie Glass
- UW-Oshkosh: Merritt Knox and Denise McHugh
- UW-Extension: Holly Breitkreutz, Michael Offerman and Kay Taube
- UW System Administration: Jacqueline Ross, Sharon James and Al Beaver