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Nursing Schools Almanac recently ranked the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh among the top 100 public nursing schools in the nation. Of more than 3,000 institutions that were included in the study, only 6% made it to the list.

UWO College of Nursing (CON) Dean Judy Westphal said the college is delighted about the ranking. She attributed the success of the program to the faculty’s wide variety of clinical expertise and their rigorous plans of study to prepare students for nursing practice.

“CON faculty are passionate about preparing future nurses to meet the healthcare needs of the region, state and nation,” Westphal said. “Over 8,000 CON graduates are working in healthcare facilities across the nation. I believe our nursing program offers students a solid foundation upon which to build a professional career.”

For senior nursing major Alexandria Haight, of Marinette, this ranking comes as no surprise.

“The professors and instructors in our program genuinely care about our success and work exceptionally hard to prepare us for the inevitable transition from student to registered nurse,” Haight said. “From my first semester in the program, I knew that I chose an extraordinary place to receive my nursing degree. I take pride in being a UWO College of Nursing student.”

UW Oshkosh came in at number 54 in the nation for top public nursing schools. For top nursing schools among public and private schools, UWO came in at 19 in the Great Lakes region and number four in Wisconsin. The schools were evaluated based on each institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered and student success in those programs.

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