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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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
$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.