As of January 1, 2017, UW-Green Bay’s “Professional Program in Nursing” has updated its name to “Nursing and Health Studies.”

“In the past, “Professional Program in Nursing” accurately captured the department offerings. However, this name no longer reflects the current available programs and further suggests that there is only one program,” explains Christine Vandenhouten, Chairperson, Nursing and Health Studies.

The department began in 1981 offering a campus based Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program for associate degree Registered Nurses (RN). It expanded over the years and currently delivers BSN education via three RN to BSN completion tracks: campus BSN, BSN@HOME (an online UW collaborative program for Wisconsin students), and BSN-LINC online for students outside of Wisconsin. Starting this last semester, a new 4 year BSN program, NURSE 1-2-1 combines the resources of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and UW-Green Bay.  The department also added a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with an emphasis in Leadership and Management in Health Systems during 2013.

In addition to the nursing programs, Nursing and Health Studies is part of two collaborative programs: Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT), a baccalaureate program which started in 2012; and Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management (MSHWM) which began in September of 2016. The collaborative programs are offered through the combined resources of the department along with faculty from other UW-Green Bay disciplines as well as other UW System campuses.