Distance Education Initiatives

Over the past few years the Wisconsin AHEC System has worked with many of the health professions education programs and community preceptors to improve the capacity for distance education. In addition, the Wisconsin AHEC System has the goal of providing students access to Email, the Internet, on-line library resources and CD ROM resources when they are off campus; particularly in rural and underserved clinical training sites. The sites that have received AHEC supported computer resources and training serve a number of health profession students, including: medical students and residents, and nurse practitioner, physician assistant, pharmacy, nursing, social work, and dental students.

AHEC’s most recent activities related to distance education include:

    • Partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine to support a web-based curriculum for the Primary Care Clerkship
    • Support for a web-based cultural competence course developed by UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing
    • Support for development of a web-based Pathology course serving several disciplines
    • Partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences Library to continue to bring computer access and training to community preceptors serving the health profession’s schools and to public health nurses
  • Support for upgraded Internet access at numerous training sites throughout the state

University of Wisconsin Collaborative Nursing Program

The Collaborative Nursing Program (CNP) is available through the joint effort of the nursing programs at five University of Wisconsin campuses – UW –Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. It is offered through distance education technologies and the combined resources of the five UW nursing programs, with additional support provided by UW-Extension. This program allows the student to pursue a baccalaureate degree without giving up current employment or spending long periods of time away from home. The baccalaureate degree in nursing is awarded by the home institution. The programs are nationally accredited and approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.

For more information on the Collaborative Nursing Program call 1-800-442-6459. You may apply to your chosen home institution by using the UW System’s on-line application form.