Application Process

The information on this page is for people who want to apply to accelerated BSN or direct entry MSN programs.  If you want to complete a BSN in Nursing as an undergraduate student here at UW-Madison, please visit the UW-Madison Nursing School website. They have an amazing team of advisors who will support you on your journey to becoming a nurse. We are here to help UW-Madison students and alumni on your journey to becoming a nurse through accelerated BSN and direct entry MSN programs. People who pursue this route are those who earn undergraduate degrees in fields other than Nursing. If this is you, please come in and talk with us about your plans!

For help with school selection, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, or interviews, see our “Apply” tab.


School Selection 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has a searchable database of programs on their website.  For more information on accelerated nursing programs, visit the AACN.


The application process for accelerated nursing programs varies.  Some schools use a centralized application called NursingCAS.  Other schools have individual applications.

Standardized Test

Some, but not all, programs require the GRE. To hear how other students have prepared, visit our exam tips page.

Letters of Recommendation

Letter requirements vary between programs.  Many programs require two letters.