WLC nursing students in simulation lab

Nursing Major

Let your compassion and desire to help others drive your career with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College.

As a student in our nursing program you'll get hands-on training in the classroom and our state-of-the-art nursing lab. You'll engage in clinical experiences in the metro Milwaukee area that offer direct patient care opportunities with diverse and vulnerable populations in adult health, mental health, pediatrics, and obstetrics. You'll also experience a cultural health clinical that offers an immersion experience abroad or an opportunity to work with a vulnerable population in the local community. A 120-hour preceptorship in the final semester of the program facilitates your transition from the role of student to professional nurse. 

Graduates of our nursing program enter the workforce as Christian servant leaders who are ready to provide holistic, high-quality patient care in a variety of settings.

Local Clinical Opportunities

At WLC, you’ll receive hands-on experience within our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program. Our unique location and curriculum design provides you the opportunity to engage in a variety of clinical experiences. Our nursing students have engaged in clinical experiences at inpatient rehabilitation units, assisted living facilities, elementary schools, long-term care, and occupational health and community settings. Froedtert Hospital (a Level 1 Trauma Center) and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, located across the street from WLC, as well as numerous other medical centers across Milwaukee, provide opportunities for students to regularly participate in acute care settings.

Preparing the Next Generation of Christian Professional Nurses

The results of our graduates’ state board exams (National Council of State Boards of Nursing [NCLEX-RN]) and graduates’ employment rates reflect the high quality and rigor of the WLC nursing program. Our most recent graduates’ first time testing taking pass rate was 94% and 100% of our graduates were employed within four months of graduation at healthcare settings in Wisconsin and across the nation.

WLC nursing alumni currently hold desirable positions in emergency rooms, intensive care units, trauma units, OB-GYN units, and oncology units. They currently work at Froedtert Hospital, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, as well as a variety of other settings throughout the nation.

Healthcare professionals make a real and measurable difference in their communities, across the nation, and abroad. Studying the health sciences at WLC, you'll receive a strong science foundation that supports your growth and development, the personal care and attention of our faculty, and our small-campus charm in a big city with access to diverse healthcare facilities. You'll graduate confident, fully prepared to live your purpose.


In 2018, we transformed a portion of Generac Hall into dedicated nursing simulation labs and classrooms. In addition to robust clinical and preceptor opportunities, our nursing majors receive training with moderate- and high-fidelity human patient simulators in labs designed to imitate patient clinic and hospital rooms. The labs allow students to take vital signs, hear heart and lung sounds, care for wounds, and set up IVs, practicing their skills before treating real patients. Our labs include VALT, an audio visual capture system, to provide real-time observation of simulations in our nursing classroom, recording, and post-simulation debriefs.

Meet Victoria

Victoria, a lifelike, high-fidelity simulator, offers a full-range of functions to provide a truly immersive experience for our nursing students. She is a birthing simulator, but she is also used for complex medical-surgical simulations, which means that both juniors and seniors utilize Victoria to supplement their learning throughout their clinical courses.

Meet Susie and Patty Anne

Our two newest simulators can be remotely controlled by our faculty and programmed with various vital signs, heart sounds, and lung sounds, among others. Sophomores will use these simulators for practicing skills, such as learning assessment techniques, medication administration, catheter and nasogastric tube insertion, and IV management. Juniors and seniors will use these simulators in clinical scenarios in the lab that mimic real life nursing care situations.

See for yourself! 

Schedule your personal visit experience and request a tour of our nursing labs, or explore Generac Hall and our nursing labs via our panoramic 360° immersive virtual tour.

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Direct Admission to the Nursing Major

Incoming first-year freshman WLC students are admitted directly into the nursing major (no waitlist). All full-time non-transfer students who consistently meet the academic progression criteria for the School of Nursing (e.g. >2.75 GPA) should expect to graduate in four years.

The School of Nursing at WLC

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