Nursing: RN to BSN Completion Program at Lakeland University

2020: Year of the Nurse

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse. In this year, we observe the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth as well as her tireless efforts to establish what we know today as modern nursing. We also celebrate the many remarkable nurses who impact the world each day through their efforts to support the well-being and safety of others. As a small token of our appreciation, Lakeland University would like to offer you:

  • One tuition free course
  • Minimum of 10% discount on all courses

Nurses who apply and are accepted for the spring 2021 term by Nov. 15th are eligible for the Year of the Nurse benefits. If you are a new graduate and earned your associate degree in nursing within the last three terms, you remain eligible for the tuition-free course and a minimum of 10% tuition discount.

As the healthcare industry moves to hire registered nurses with four-year degrees, Lakeland University's bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree is offered to licensed registered nurses who have an associate degree in nursing. Lakeland's program features curriculum geared toward career advancement and positions nurses for supervisory and other leadership roles. Nurses with an associate degree can transfer up to 90 credits to Lakeland, and those with college-level coursework from an accredited four-year college may transfer more, cutting down on the time to finish a bachelor's degree.

Supervisory and Leadership Roles

Tailor Your Degree

By successfully completing the Lakeland BSN degree, you may be:

  • Positioned for career advancement
  • Eligible for a wage increase
  • Eligible for more convenient work hours
  • Qualified for leadership positions
  • Selected to work in specialized areas like:
    • Intensive care units
    • Birthing centers
    • Emergency departments
    • Operating rooms
    • Public health
    • School nursing
Nursing Program Student Handbook
Lakeland University offers a RN to BSN completion program. Nurse with child patient.

The RN to BSN completion program is offered at each of our seven centers located throughout the state of Wisconsin. Students who are ADN-level nurses can complete the BSN entirely online through Lakeland's flexible delivery formats (i.e. BlendEd and BlendEd Live) – which allows you to decide week to week how to access class content, based on what is convenient for you. Lakeland's flexible delivery formats allow you to maintain a healthy school/life/family balance.

Lakeland's BSN offers five areas of emphasis:

  • Healthcare Business Management - for nurses who aspire to contribute to the health care business organization, desire to be an entrepreneur or wish to pursue their master's degree and focus on nursing administration, nursing leadership or business administration
  • System Leadership and Management - for nurses who are innovative and seek to provoke change through engagement of leadership and management principles. Recommended for the nurse who wishes to pursue a leadership role or their master's degree and focus on nursing administration, nursing leadership or leadership and organizational development.
  • Cultural and Diversity Studies - for nurses who wish to increase their cultural competence and deliberate the social context of professional nursing practice.
  • Behavioral and Psychiatric Health - for nurses who wish to increase their skills in psychiatric-mental health nursing or who wishes to pursue Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing (PMH-APRN).
  • Student Designed - students may propose a 12 semester-hour emphasis in an area of academic interest.
Lakeland University's Nursing: RN to BSN Completion Program. Photo of nurse.

The Pursuit of High Standards in Health Care

Our Nursing Program Philosophy

Lakeland University nursing faculty believe that the art and science of nursing is founded in the liberal arts and sciences. Nursing education transforms the knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences into the basis of nursing practice. This foundation, when integrated with evidence based research and practice, provides the root of professional practice.

Professional nursing practice includes an awareness of ethical standards, ability to critically think, participate in lifelong experiential learning, and development of interprofessional relationships. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing (2008) are the basic foundation to the curriculum for the RN to BSN Completion Program, and thus essential for the practice of professional nursing. This education provides the foundation for the development of professional nursing practice, critical thinking, ethical decision-making, leadership skills, and the independent and interprofessional pursuit of high standards of health care.

The graduate of Lakeland University's RN to BSN Completion Program will integrate evidence based research to practice in the provision of patient-centered, culturally competent, and community/population based care. Through experience as an active member of the healthcare community, the graduate will collaborate with interprofessional teams to achieve positive patient outcomes and develop professional skills that contribute to advanced professional competence and leadership. As an active participant in the learning environment the graduate will develop an understanding of healthcare organizations/systems and the processes of healthcare policy development. As a user of patient care technology and informatics the graduate will use information technology in experiences that apply quality improvement principles in the delivery of safe, quality care.

The mission of the Lakeland University RN to BSN Completion Program builds on the university's mission in its dedication to educate registered nurses by building on prior knowledge, skills, and experiences to advance the art and science of nursing. The goal of the baccalaureate graduate is to grow personally, advance with increasing competence professionally, and carry on the lifelong learning process that is important for optimal development as a practitioner in the discipline of nursing.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Lakeland University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Interested in learning more about Lakeland University's Nursing: RN to BSN completion program. Contact us today!