Wisconsin Nursing License

Wisconsin Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/21/2015

Wisconsin Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$26,230$42,420$64,460 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Wisconsin can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Wisconsin nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Is Wisconsin a Nursing Licensure Compact State?Yes

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Wisconsin. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Wisconsin, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Wisconsin nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Wisconsin, please let us know!

Wisconsin Nursing Licensure Renewal

Nursing license renewal may be completed online or by mail by requesting a paper form. Renewal deadlines vary by degree held. There are no continuing education requirements for registered nurses (R.N.’s) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber – Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife in Wisconsin

EducationMaster’s Degree in Nursing
ExaminationWisconsin State Law Exam, Certification Examination (Varies for Different Certifications)
Fees$75 Application Fee, $75 State Law Examination Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification RequiredCertification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National Board on the Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetist (NBCRNA), the American Midwifery Certification Midwifery Board (ACMB), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the National Certification Corporation (NCC0, the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), or the American Association of Critical-Care NursesAACN; additional certifications may be accepted
RenewalAPRN licenses renew biennially by September 30 of even-numbered years. Fees for renewal are $82. APRNs are required to complete eight contact hours per renewal period through their national certifying body. Nurse midwives renew licenses February 28 or 29 of even-numbered years. Renewal fees are $86. Certified nurse midwives (CNM) licenses must be renewed first and will automatically renew the R.N. license.

APRNs must submit the following forms when renewing:

  • Certificate of legal status, included in online renewal and paper form;
  • Signature attesting to completion of continuing education, included in online renewal and paper form;
  • Current liability insurance;
  • Current national certification or Continuous Competence Assessment (CCA) Cycle.

Additional InformationAn Active Wisconsin Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application
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Registered Nurse (RN) in Wisconsin

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
Fees$90 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
RenewalR.N. license renewal is every two years by February 28 or 29 of even-numbered years. Fee for renewal is $86. Renewal requirements include submission of a certificate of legal status, submission of the Nursing Workforce Survey, and a report of the nurse’s state of primary residency.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to an $82 Application Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Wisconsin, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Wisconsin.
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Wisconsin

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
Fees$90 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone RenewalLPN licenses renew biennially by April 30 of odd-numbered years. Fee for renewal is $86. Additional requirements are the same as the R.N. Additional Information