Nursing - Associate Degree Career Outlook

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WITC Nursing - Associate Degree Graduate Survey Responses 2015-2016

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WITC Nursing - Associate Degree Graduate Survey Responses 2015-2016

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$40,112 - $73,704

Range of Yearly Salary





Typical positions available after graduation include:

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Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your Nursing - Associate Degree at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Articulation Agreements

The Nursing - Associate Degree program at WITC has articulation agreements with Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Chamberlin College of Nursing, Lakeland University, University of Minnesota Nursing+, UW-Barron County, UW-Eau Claire+, UW-Green Bay+, UW-Madison+, UW-Milwaukee+, UW-Oshkosh+, UW-Stout. 

The colleges listed above have developed an associate degree to bachelor degree Articulation Agreement with WITC (colleges with a + have a direct transfer related to the Nursing - Associate Degree Program***; other bachelor degree programs vary); other colleges may accept WITC credits upon a transcript review.

Potential careers available with further education include:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Medical/Health Services Manager

Potential Starting Wages:

  • $54,080–$69,784

Hear From Graduates

"In healthcare, you need a good educational foundation. We had wonderful instructors at WITC, and they made you work hard. It lit a fire and showed me what was possible. I thought, 'If I can do this, I can do everything.' It was a solid basis for nursing."

Terry Kramolis, WITC Nursing - Associate Degree Graduate

The potential starting wage range is compiled from 2016 WITC or WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. If not available, wage data is compiled from Economic Modeling Software Intl (10th and 25th percentile earnings) and/or Wisconsin Worknet (Wage Comparison Tool) using the Standard Occupation Code(s) (SOC) the WTCS has assigned to the programs. When possible, the wage range is compiled using data from the 11 counties within the WITC district. Starting wage ranges for new programs are reviewed by the advisory team. Wage data was compiled August 2017. 


  • Information for ADN Graduates
    • Please read the below information if you are graduating from the ADN program or are eligible to sit for PN-NCLEX. 
    • WITC’s process of graduating or completing the students’ records takes time. This may take up to 15 business days after graduation to complete. Statements of Graduation or Completion will NOT be approved/submitted until all campuses have conferred student records. Once WITC has conferred the records, the Boards of Nursing will require an additional 15-20 business days to process the applications.
    • In order to give WITC and the applicable Board of Nursing time to process all the paperwork, WITC will only respond to inquiries regarding the process six weeks after graduation. Updates will be posted on this web page as they occur. 
    • Student Responsibilities

    • Login to your MyWITC portal to indicate your plans to attend the graduation ceremony. Complete the Graduation Information Form, in an email from the Registrar's office, and turn it in to Student Services. you will need to complete this form whether or not you plan to attend the graduation ceremony. 
    • Ensure all of your WITC accounts are paid and that you do not owe money to WITC.
    • Ensure your high school transcript is on file with WITC in Student Services. 
    • Ensure all required courses have been completed with a "C" or better, and/or credit for prior learning has been processed. 
    • The following courses must be completed in order for a student to be PN-NCLEX eligible:
      • 543-101 through 543-108 courses
      • Written Communication (or English Composition 1, depending on when you started the program)
      • Developmental Psychology
      • Oral/Interpersonal Communication or Speech
      • General Anatomy & Physiology
      • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
    • Complete appropriate state application
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Please make sure you are completing the application for the state in which you want to be licensed
      • Each state requires its own form and one state's form cannot be substituted for another
    • Complete NCLEX application.
    • Check your email for information/problems with your record and/or Statement of Graduation or Completion.
    • Fifteen (15) business days after graduation, please check this page for updated information as to when the Statement of Graduation or Confirmation of Completion forms have been submitted/approved. 
    • This web page and your student email will be the only notifications you will receive from your instructors. 
  • LPN/RN Application Information
    • NCLEX Application (administered by Pearson VUE)
    • To register for the NCLEX examination, visit Click on "For Test Takers/Schedule an Exam," and type in NCLEX to get started. 
    • Before you can take the NCLEX, you'll need an Authorization to Test (ATT). To get this, you'll need to apply to your state board of nursing/regulatory body and then register with Pearson VUE. You'll want to start this process well in advance of your target date for taking the exam. 
    • 1. Complete all items as requested
    • 2. PN Program code: US50100300 
    • 3. RN Program code: US50407200
    • 4. Pay using a credit, debit or prepaid card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express only)
    • 5. NCLEX is a national exam. View testing sites.
  • Wisconsin Licensure Application Information
    • If you are a first time test taker, apply online through OLAS (Online Licensure Application System):
    • The OLAS is only for initial nursing applicants still needing to sit for NCLEX. If you've previously sat for NCLEX and now want to be licensed in Wisconsin, you must complete the paper application. 
    • 1. When you get to the OLAS page, click on "Help." There is an Applicant FAQ and Applicant Manual to help you get started. 
    • 2. Complete the Registered Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse Licensure by Examination Application as applicable
    • 4. School Address:  SHELL LAKE WI  USA (not campus location). Location MAY show as Rice Lake, WI. Choose whichever location appears
    • 5. December 2017 Graduation or Completion of Program Date:  December 21, 2017 (If graduating other then December 2017, the RN confer date or PN Milestone can be found by running an unofficial transcript through MyWITC)
    • 6. Type of Degree/Program: RN (ADN) or Other (LPN) - completed portion of RN program needed to obtain a certificate of completion in PN
    • 7. Pay appropriate fees
    • 8. The state application is valid for one year
  • Statement of Graduation - #259
    • ​​​​​​​Download Statement of Completion
    • If you are a new NCLEX applicant and you completed the online application through OLAS, the Statement of Graduation or Completion will be approved online. DO NOT submit a paper copy of the Statement of Graduation or Completion if you completed your application through OLAS.
    • If you completed a paper application, complete & signed statements for RN graduates or students completing PN requirements on December 21, 2017, should be given to your instructor to be mailed to Shell Lake as a group.
    • 1. Complete ONLY the APPLICANT section of form
    • 2. “X” Registered Nurse   OR   Licensed Practical Nurse (as applicable)
    • 3. WITC will complete the WI BOARD-APPROVED SCHOOL section
  • Minnesota Licensure Application
    • ​​​​​​​Please note that starting January 2018, Minnesota will require background checks prior to licensure.
    • Apply online for both LPN & RN
    • Confirmation of Program Completion form must be submitted in paper to Lisa Hall (see contact information below)
    • 1. Complete the online RN (or LPN) Licensure by Examination Application as applicable
    • 3. Program Code:  LPN-US50100300; RN Code-US50407200
    • 4. City & State of School of Nursing:  SHELL LAKE WI  USA (not campus location).  Location MAY show as Rice Lake, WI.  Choose whichever location appears
    • 5. “X” Yes:  I authorize the release of my exam results to my school of nursing
    • 6. December 2017 Graduation/Confer Date:  “X” Yes, December 21, 2017 (If graduating other then December 2017, the RN confer date or PN Milestone can be found by running an unofficial transcript through MyWITC)
    • 7. Pay appropriate fees
    • 8. Complete paper form of Confirmation of Program Completion for Licensure by Examination (last page of the Application) & submit to Lisa Hall (contact information below)
    • All MN applicants MUST complete the Confirmation of Program Completion form in paper form.
    • 1. Complete only APPLICANT INFORMATION section of form
    • 2. Completion Date: December 21, 2017 (If graduating other then December 2017, the RN confer date or PN Milestone can be found by running an unofficial transcript through MyWITC)
    • 4. City/State of School of Nursing:  SHELL LAKE, WI  (not campus location) Location MAY show as Rice Lake, WI.  Choose whichever location appears
  • Other Licensure Applicants/Graduates
    • ​​​​​​​All other WITC graduates/licensure applicants should send the completed Statement of Graduation or Completion form (for Wisconsin) or Confirmation of Program Completion form (for Minnesota) to:    
      • Lisa Hall
      • WITC Administrative Office
      • 505 Pine Ridge Drive
      • Shell Lake, WI 54871
      • Email
      • Phone: 800.243.9482 ext. 2221
      • Fax: 715.468.2819 (Attn: Lisa Hall)
    • If you've completed an application thru WI OLAS, new applications are checked weekly and will be approved at that time.
    • If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Lisa Hall.
    • Double check all paperwork to ensure accurate information
    • Make sure you have signed/dated all appropriate forms
    • Information regarding Compact License (if interested)


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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

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

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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