Nursing - Associate Degree
70 Credits | 2 Years
Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
A career as an Associate Degree Nurse will provide you with a dynamic profession that encompasses compassion and caring with a scientific approach to promote optimal health for the individual, family, community and society. At completion of the program, you will be eligible to become a Registered Nurse through the state licensure examination.
Nursing is the dynamic interpersonal goal-directed process that seeks to promote optimal health within the context of individuals, family, community and society. The concept of caring, which is central to nursing, is communicated through both attitude and action. Nursing uses the nursing process, a problem-solving approach, to provide holistic care to individuals, families and groups within the healthcare system. Through collaboration with other healthcare professionals, nursing is responsive to the needs of the community across the health-illness continuum.
Nursing - Associate Degree graduates will be able to:
- 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 healthcare 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 healthcare team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
- Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that healthcare will add more than 711,000 new registered nurse jobs to the workforce by the year 2020. This 26% growth rate is much faster than the average for all occupations. According to Business Insider, registered nurses (RNs) were recently ranked number 18 out of the 40 best-paying jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
Registered nurses (RNs) record patients' medical histories and symptoms as well as help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results. They also operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation. Some nurses may work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs may also run general health screenings or immunization clinics, blood drives and public seminars on various conditions.
Graduates of the Nursing - Associate Degree program have the option to transfer, with junior standing, into a baccalaureate nursing program at any University of Wisconsin university and some private colleges.
LPN to RN Track
For the student that is a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and is interested in becoming a registered nurse (RN), WITC offers an “LPN Progression to ADN” track. The LPN Progression pathway provides advanced standing for nursing courses in ADN Semesters 1 and 2 of the WITC ADN program.
Make a Difference
RNs get personal satisfaction from helping people heal from injury or illness. As a nurse, you can make a dramatically positive difference in the lives of your patients, as well as their families. You could even save someone’s life!
Program specific subjects covered are Nursing Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Health Alterations, Health Promotions, Complex Health Alterations I and II, Mental Health, along with clinical and capstone experiences.
Nursing - Associate Degree is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Nursing - Associate Degree student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. The Nursing Assistant program is not embedded, but is a requirement for the Nursing - Associate Degree Program.
You could take this first and get a credential.
Admissions and Tuition
Please see the Requirements and Application page to learn more about becoming a student at WITC.
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2019-20*
Nursing - Associate Degree
70 Credits | 2 Years
$2,400 for books (including tax)
$875 for tools, supplies and uniforms
*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 - Associate Degree Program
Graduates will obtain a Nursing - Associate Degree.
WITC's Nursing - Associate Degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), and approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. Concerns about the Nursing - Associate Degree program or questions about current status may be communicated to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone 404-975-5000. Concerns may also be directed to the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing, PO Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708-8935, phone 877.617.1565.