Wisconsin Nurse Practitioner Programs

Nurse practitioners are enjoying a huge increase in employment options due to a number of factors. The factors leading this increased need range from our aging and growing population to changes in health care laws. Employers are turning to the more cost effective nurse practitioners to fill their patient care needs as they can complete a large portion of the daily tasks that a physician traditionally handles at a lower salary. The trade-off for a lower income for nurse practitioners comes from the shorter time in school, usually two years less.

Wisconsin is ranked 27th in the country for cost of living, falling right in the middle of the other states, but the average income for a nurse practitioner in the state is just above average at almost $90,000 a year. Wisconsin does have more nurse practitioners per 100,000 population than the average throughout the country coming in at 64 per against the national average of 58, but the higher number still will not fill all the needed roles. With 3,631 nurse practitioners working in the state, it won’t be as easy to find a job as a few other states, but it would be surprising to have any real trouble relative to most other career choices.

With 356 medical school graduates in total entering the workforce in 2011, and only a portion of those being nurse practitioners, the new graduates are still a slow trickle into a rapidly growing industry shortfall. La Crosse, Eau Claire and Oshkosh see the highest percentage of jobs relative to population, with Appleton, Sheboygan and Madison bringing up the lowest percentage. The highest median salaries can be found in Madison, La Crosse and Milwaukee, so keep this information in mind as you start to consider cities you would be interested in working in.

The top employers in the state include UWHealth Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Affinity Health System in Menasha, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Mount Pleasant ranking in the top 25 employers among all industries in the state. Smaller employers will, of course, be found in the cities listed above, but if you are not seeing open positions, consider some of these options as a way to get started on your career faster.

The Wisconsin Nurses Association offers a wide range of benefits to members and those aiming to enter the field. With a focus on consistently providing high quality services, leadership, integrity, and the ability to change in an agile way to the constant evolving of nursing practices, WNA will be a source that you will work with throughout your career. They also have a strong focus on promoting health care as a fundamental human right.


School is rarely easy to pay for, but the investment in your future is worth whatever struggle may come. Your employer may have information about helping you cover costs of your education, and you will find many additional resources throughout the different colleges you visit. Each will have information about loans, grants and scholarships, some of which are unique to the learning institution, and you will want to spend time during your tour of the school looking at their options. You will also find plenty of government assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health care is important, and helping you cover the cost of your education is an investment the HRSA wants to ensure you can afford.


Alverno College

One of the nation’s largest catholic women’s colleges, Alverno is focused on your personal and professional development. With undergraduate programs for women and graduate programs for men and women, you are sure to find a welcoming and unique education within this campus. You won’t just learn, you’ll be challenged to write, speak and present research demonstrating knowledge in every area of study. You will earn one of the most comprehensive learning experiences you can imagine and the wide range of majors and minors will keep you engaged throughout your education.

Concordia University Wisconsin

Founded in 1881, thirteen students began instruction in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. In 1886, Concordia received a perpetual charter from the State and began teaching in the traditional sense. CUW is a Christ Centered school that aims to speak truth and integrity in all relationships. The school expects excellence in all endeavors and focuses on being caring, respectful, and helpful. The goal is to develop the student in their chosen field, but also to develop the body and spirit.

University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is a traditional college in almost every sense. The biggest difference is that they are the leader in online distance learning. A local Milwaukee campus is will be your physical point of contact. UoP has grown exponentially over the years because of the ease of access and cutting edge online educational tools at students’ disposal. Online degree programs may seem a bit daunting at first, but if you have the ability to focus yourself and push yourself towards a better future, learning online may be the perfect fit for a busy lifestyle.