3 Credits | 120 Hours
Multiple Start Dates
Ashland, Hayward, Ladysmith, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Shell Lake, Superior
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Nursing assistants, also known as nurse aides, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aides, unlicensed assistive personnel, orderlies or hospital attendants, provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff.
The Nursing Assistant program provides classroom, laboratory instruction and supervised practice in area nursing homes and hospitals. The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (dhs.wisconsin.gov), Office of Quality Assurance (dhs.wisconsin.gov/rl_dsl/bqa.htm). After successfully completing this program, students will be eligible to complete the written and skills exams to be placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.
Nursing Assistant graduates will be able to:
- Communicate and interact effectively with clients, family, and co-workers
- Maintain and protect client rights
- Report information and record observations
- Demonstrate the ethical and legal responsibilities of the NA/HHA
- Provide safe care to a diverse population, meeting personal, physical and psychosocial client needs
- Assist with client rehabilitation and restorative care, promoting independence
- Assist clients with long-term, disabling conditions including dementia, always focusing on the strengths of the client
- Work cooperatively in a team environment
- Eligible to take the WI NA Competency evaluation
You will work directly with patients and their families. This means you truly have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people in a positive way. Being a CNA offers tremendous job stability because the demand will always be there, and will continue to grow. Indeed, with the changing picture of the healthcare industry, it is believed that the demand for CNAs is one of the best.
Make a difference.
Ability to work in various sectors.
The CNA course is offered year round on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and at the outreach centers in Ladysmith, Hayward, and Shell Lake. Take classes face to face and in the clinical setting.
In just six weeks, you can obtain a rewarding career. Considering you could be certified in just six-weeks time, a median salary of $24,000 nationally is respectable.
Career Bonuses and Benefits
Many CNAs receive great bonuses and benefits. These include health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. There are sometimes profit-sharing opportunities depending on the sector in which you work. These can increase your salary.
Continue Your Education
As a CNA, it may be easier to gain access to other nursing programs, in particular accelerated ones. As you can demonstrate that you have working experience in the field, it will be more likely for you to be accepted to these programs.
Program specific subjects covered include infection control, transferring and range of motion. Clinical experience working with residents in long term care will give you experience to work in the field upon graduation.
You could take this first and get a credential.
Continue your education to obtain an associate degree..
Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
To apply, just fill out an application form either online or at a campus, and WITC will guide you from there.
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2019-20*
3 Credits | 120 hours
Book costs are unavailable at this time.
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC Nursing Assistant Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Nursing Assistant technical diploma and be eligible to complete the written and skills exam to be placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry and become a Certified Nursing Assistant.