WISCONSIN NURSING LICENSE

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the ultimate authority is your local  state board of nursing. Be sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Wisconsin Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 12/1/2017

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Wisconsin
Nursing Licenses in Wisconsin Master's Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Y
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N

Wisconsin Nursing Salary Average

Nursing Assistants: $27,980

Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses: $43,820

Registered Nurses: $67,930

Nurse Practitioners: $98,250 

Salaries of nurses in Wisconsin can vary widely based on specialization. These figures are based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more about Wisconsin nursing salaries.

Learn about education financing options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and financial aid page.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Wisconsin. The one you take will mostly depend on the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The more education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Wisconsin, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Wisconsin nursing licenses on this page. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in healthcare, it’s sometimes difficult to stay current. If you have any comments on or suggestions for our information about nursing in Wisconsin, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Wisconsin is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Certified Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists may apply for prescriptive authority of controlled substances under schedules II to V in collaboration with physicians.

Wisconsin Nursing Licensure Renewal

In Wisconsin: Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber licenses expire on September 30 of even-numbered years and require 16 contact hours in clinical pharmacology or therapeutics, including two hours in responsible prescribing of controlled substances, for renewal; Registered Nurse licenses expire on February 28 or 29 of even-numbered years and Licensed Practical Nurse licenses expire on April 30 of odd-numbered years.

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Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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Advanced Practice Nurse PrescriberNurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist – in Wisconsin

Education
Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing or a related health field

Examination
Varies according to prerequisite national certification, but must include Wisconsin Statutes and Rules Exam

Fees

Application: $75

Wisconsin Statutes and Rules Exam: $75

Experience
Varies according to prerequisite national certification, but must include 45 contact hours in clinical pharmacology or therapeutics within the five previous years

Certification Required
Varies according to specialty area, but must include current Registered Nurse license

Renewal
Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber licenses in Wisconsin expire on September 30 of even-numbered years. Sixteen contact hours in clinical pharmacology or therapeutics, including two hours in responsible prescribing of controlled substances, are required for renewal.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Wisconsin

Education
Accredited school of nursing approved by board

Examination
National Council Licensure Examination

Fees

Application: $90

National Council Licensure Examination: $200

Experience
None

Renewal
Registered Nurse licenses in Wisconsin expire on February 28 or 29 of even-numbered years.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Licensure through endorsement is available to Registered Nurses in Wisconsin.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Wisconsin

Education
Accredited school for Licensed Practical Nurses approved by board

Examination
National Council Licensure Examination

Fees

Application: $90

National Council Licensure Examination: $200

Experience
None

Renewal
Licensed Practical Nurse licenses in Wisconsin expire on April 30 of odd-numbered years.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Licensure through endorsement is available to Licensed Practical Nurses in Wisconsin.

 

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

Sponsored Programs