Nursing - Associate Degree

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Nursing - Associate Degree

Associate Degree

70 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

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. 

Program Overview

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. 

Program Outcomes

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
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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. 

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In-demand career.

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High-paying career. 


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. 

Nursing - Associate Degree Public Disclosures

Transfer Opportunities

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.   

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Featured Nursing - Associate Degree Courses

| 2 CR
This clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of clients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building. COREQUISITES: 10543105 Nursing Health Alterations, 10806179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, and 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication.
| 2 CR
This course will cover topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources will be examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, economically diverse individuals and groups. PREREQUISITES: 10543105 Nursing Health Alterations, 10543106 Nursing Health Promotion, 10543107 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan, 10543108 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Care Management, 10806179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, and COREQUISITE: 10809198 Introduction to Psychology.
| 3 CR
This advanced clinical course requires the student to integrate concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized. COREQUISITES: 10543113 Nursing Complex Health Alterations 2, and 10809196 Introduction to Sociology.

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.

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This credential is required for the associate degree.

Technical Diploma
2 Credits / 75 Hour Course
Potential Careers
Nursing Assistant
Range of Yearly Salary
$13,571-$51,996 annually
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Practical Nursing

36 Credits / At Least 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Licensed Practical Nurse
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Earn an associate degree.

Associate Degree
70 Credits / At Least 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Registered Nurse
Range of Yearly Salary
$29,118-$79,034 annually
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LPN Progression

Associate Degree
34 Credits / At Least One Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Registered Nurse
Range of Yearly Salary
$38,090-$85,000 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Nursing Transfer Options

UW–Eau Claire| UW–Green Bay| UW–Madison| UW–Milwaukee| UW–Oshkosh| UW–Stout| UW-Stevens Point| UW-Superior| Silver Lake College| Alverno College| Cardinal Stritch University| Chamberlain College of Nursing| Franklin College| Lakeland University| MSOE

Admissions and Tuition

Please see the Requirements and Application page to learn more about becoming a student at WITC.

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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

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. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*

Nursing - Associate Degree

70 Credits | 2 Years


$925 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.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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.

Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

Requirements for licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement eligibility vary from one profession to another and from state to state. If you are interested in a program at WITC that leads to practice certification/endorsement, please contact the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice to verify that the desired WITC program will meet the eligibility criteria for the credentials you seek.

WITC’s Nursing - Associate Degree program is designed to prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College has not made a determination whether this program meets the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state to verify that the WITC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

For more information, visit: 

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services


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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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