Become a Nurse in Wisconsin - APRN, RN, LPN Licensure

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Wisconsin Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 4/9/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Wisconsin
Nursing Licenses in Wisconsin Master's Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Wisconsin Nursing Salaries

Wisconsin Nursing Salaries
WI Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis Annual Mean Wage Madison Annual Mean Wage Green Bay Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $46,550 $50,190 $48,960 $42,530
Registered Nurse $72,610 $73,970 $80,490 $66,670
Nurse Practitioner $112,130 $111,580 $110,210 $110,430
Nurse Anesthetist $233,600 $219,850 $203,700 Not Available
Nurse Midwife $115,100 $114,390 Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Wisconsin in April 2020.

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 or suggestions for our information on nursing in Wisconsin, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Wisconsin is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, advanced practice nurses may apply for prescriptive authority of controlled substances under schedules II to V in collaboration with physicians, according to the Board of Nursing Best Practices for Prescribing Controlled Substances Guidelines.

Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber in Wisconsin

Advanced practice nurse prescribers are defined in Wisconsin as nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, or clinical nurse specialists.

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

Certification Required: National certification in speciality and current Registered Nurse license

Fees:

  • $73 Credential Fee
  • $75 State Law Fee

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

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.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Wisconsin

Education: Accredited school of nursing approved by the board

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $73 Credential Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: RNs may apply for licensure by endorsement by providing proof of licensure in current state. Primary residence must be in Wisconsin to be eligible for RN state licensure.

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

Learn more about how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Wisconsin

Education: Completed at least two years of high school or equivalent and diploma from an accredited school for licensed practical nurses approved by the board.

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $73 Credential Fee
  • $200 Examination Feee

Endorsement: LPNs may apply for licensure by endorsement by providing proof of licensure in current state. Primary residence must be in Wisconsin to be eligible for LPN state licensure.

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

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on the above nursing careers in Wisconsin was retrieved from the Wisconsin Board of Nursing as of April 2020.

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  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice
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  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study
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  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
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