As a nurse, you make a difference in the lives of your patients. You plan, provide, and evaluate patient care. You act as a liaison between physicians, other healthcare workers, and the patient. You also supervise other healthcare providers. Why choose the ADN program at NWTC? Quality – NWTC ADN graduates take the same national licensing exam that graduates from four-year colleges and universities do, and NWTC graduates consistently score above the national average. Success – NWTC nursing graduates report greater than 90 percent job placement as RNs within six months of graduation. Expertise – classroom, lab, and simulation instruction, extensive clinical experience at area hospitals, extended care facilities, and clinics, and service opportunities like work at the N.E.W. Clinic at NWTC, all provide hands-on patient care experience that helps make NWTC graduates effective on the job. This program is accredited by the ACEN: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
A graduate of this program who becomes a Registered Nurse in a variety of healthcare settings will have the potential for employment in the following areas:
Staff Nurse: is responsible for making nursing diagnoses and treating human responses to actual and potential health problems in health care facilities and insurance areas.
Charge Nurse: assumes the same responsibilities of a Registered Nurse in addition to directing the workflow and coordinating and managing the provision of care of patients and other staff in a medical facility.
Requirements for Program Application
High school transcript or equivalent.
To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more.
One semester of college chemistry with a "C" or better OR two semesters of high school Chemistry with a "C" or better. NWTC course that would fulfill Chemistry requirement; 10-806-134.
Requirements for Program Entry
Attend mandatory program orientation.
All students must have completed Intro to Biochemistry (10-806-186) with a "B" grade or better (prerequisite of Chemistry with a "C" grade or better). If Intro to Biochemistry was completed in the summer of 2012 or prior, a "C" grade or better is acceptable.
Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
Students are required to complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
All students must successfully complete a DHS-approved Nursing Assistant course prior to program entry.
Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Nursing Associate Degree program in the number of semesters shown. For alternate study plans, refer to the information in the Related Links area at the right of this page.
Summer Before First Semester
Intro to Biochemistry
English Composition 1
Gen Anatomy & Physiology
Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice
Adv Anatomy & Physiology
Nursing Health Promotion
Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan
Nursing Health Alterations
Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt
Intro to Psychology
Nursing Advanced Skills
Nsg: Mental Health Comm Concepts
Nsg: Complex Health Alterations
Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice
Intro to Sociology
Nsg: Complex Health Alterations 2
Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice
Nsg: Mgt & Profess Concepts
Nursing Clinical Transition
Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and quality care.
Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.
Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision making.
Provide patient-centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings.
Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness.
Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan.
Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
The Nursing-Associate Degree program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (ACEN). The Nursing Associate Degree program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Dept. of Regulation & Licensing.
Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). After completion of the second semester, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a Practical Nurse
Students will be required to purchase a uniform, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances and participate in p.m. clinical. Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine. Students may be required to complete drug testing by clinical agencies.