Nursing Associate Degree Requirements and Application

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From submitting your application to admission to registration, WITC is available to help guide you through the admissions process. To help you successfully complete this program, WITC has developed a set of program requirements and functional ability criteria. For students with a disability, reasonable accommodations are available to help you be successful in the program of your choice. 

Admission Requirements

The first step to get admitted is to fill out a WITC application, and WITC will guide you from there. If you're not quite ready to become a student, visit a campus to get the full WITC experience. A campus tour will give you the opportunity to meet staff, instructors and students, tour the campus and get a real feel for the campus culture. 

Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements

Students in the pre-Nursing program must:

  • Complete application form and submit with fee (fee waiver may apply if previously submitted)
  • Complete Accuplacer entrance assessment to determine placement (waiver may apply with acceptable alternative test scores and/or postsecondary degree completion); note: required Accuplacer entrance assessment scores for core Nursing coursework are higher then pre-Nursing scores
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate; current high school seniors must provide both a current high school transcript and a final transcript with confer date
  • Complete WITC pre-ADN Admissions Quiz
  • Review and sign Background Check Disclosure
  • Review and sign Functional Abilities Disclosure
  • Complete admissions meeting with a WITC counselor (above requirements should be completed prior to meeting)

Program-Specific Requirements:

Pre-Nursing students must complete the petition process to be eligible for the core Nursing program. In addition to the requirements above, students in this program must:

  • Complete one year of high school chemistry or one term of college-level chemistry with a 2.0 or better
  • Complete a Nursing Assistant course with a grade of C (2.0) or better
  • Review the petition process below. 
  • Complete priority petition for admission forms:
  • Prior to attendance in core Nursing coursework, student must:
    • Submit Background Check fee
    • Have an acceptable Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check, National Criminal Background Check, Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (if applicable), and other states if applicable
  • Pass a physical exam, have current immunizations, and demonstrate negative status for tuberculosis (Tb)
  • Possess current certification of "CPR for Healthcare Providers" or the equivalent
  • Review and sign Allied Health Division Confidentiality Statement
  • Attend a mandatory program orientation session

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Progression to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) 

If you are a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and are interested in becoming a registered nurse (RN), WITC offers an “LPN Progression to ADN” track. The LPN Progression pathway provides advanced standing from an accredited program for nursing courses in ADN Semesters 1 and 2 of the WITC ADN program. Additionally, credits may be transferred from the practical nursing program if the General Studies and/or elective credits were at an associate degree level. Contact the campus admissions advisor for more information.

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Petition Process

Petitioning postmark deadline:

February 15-22 for fall admission (all campuses)

September 20-27 for spring admission (New Richmond, Rice Lake, and Superior campuses only)

Previously admitted pre-nursing students who have not attended classes for three calendar years would need to reapply to make their pre-Nursing program active again and be subject to any new program requirements/standards for admission and for the petition process.

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ADN Handbook - Academic Year 2017-2018

Standard Precautions - Chart

Student Rules & Regulations - Signature Page

Student Safety Accountability Statement - Signature Page

Spring 2018 Associate Degree Nursing Orientation

Clinicals begin just after the semester starts, so make sure you follow the timelines and procedures conveyed by your instructor to participate in the clinical. 


Student Checklist

2017–2018 Academic Calendar

Campus Contacts

  • Curriculum Checklist
    • The 2017–2018 ADN Curriculum Checklist is to be used as a guide. Although your academic advisor can provide guidance, you are ultimately responsible for selecting courses that meet a program's graduation requirements.
  • Background Checks
    • The clinical agencies that host the WITC ADN students for clinical courses have significantly increased their demands for background check scrutiny over the past several years. We want to ensure students understand prior to the start of the program that if there are no clinical agencies that will accept the student based on the background check, the student must be excused from the ADN program, regardless of the student's academic standing. This is explained further in the background check disclosure.
    • All ADN students are required to complete a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check and a National Criminal Background Check through CastleBranch (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior). In addition, if you are a New Richmond or Superior student, you are also required to complete a Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (see below). The steps and document to complete these background checks will be covered in depth during program orientation. 
    • Your instructor will indicate a due date and to whom the paperwork should be sent. After background checks are completed, students are expected to self report any changes. 
  • Health Form and Directions
    • Health Form
    • 1. Print directions and forms
    • 2. Read Hepatitis B information
    • 3. Complete health information and immunication pages of the form
    • 4. Take form and directions to your physical exam appointment
      • Be sure the physical exam page gets signed and stamped
    • 5. Follow printed directions for submission 
  • Uniforms
    • ADN uniforms must be ordered and purchased through your local campus bookstore
    • Supplies (including name badge) may be purchased through your local campus bookstore
    • Most students order one white lab coat, one ciel blue top and one ciel blue pair of pants for the first year of the program
  • To Complete and Give to Instructor
  • Additional Information


Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

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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