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

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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.

ADN Priority Petition Process

Rationale for the Nursing-Associate Degree (ADN) Program Priority Petition process:

  • Help ADN students to be successful in the program
  • Helps ensure the most prepared students enter into the rigorous ADN program
  • Allows accepted students to focus exclusively on the core nursing courses

The ADN program consists of the 3 steps listed below prior to acceptance into the core-ADN program. 

Please note that all 3 steps require students to review, sign and submit the Functional Abilities Disclosure and Background Check Disclosure documents listed above.

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ADN Handbook - Academic Year 2017-2018

Standard Precautions - Chart

Student Rules & Regulations - Signature Page

Student Safety Accountability Statement - Signature Page

Fall 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

2018–19 Academic Calendar

  • ADN Curriculum Checklist

    • The 2018–19 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 in further detail in the Background Check Disclosure form listed above under Admission Requirements..

    • 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). 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

  • Complete and Give to Instructor

  • Additional Information

ADN Reentry Students

  • Process for ADN Reentry Students

    • If you are an ADN student who has failed or withdrawn from a core nursing course you are now considered a Reentry Student with the ADN program.  Due to limited enrollments allowed for clinical sites and available classroom space and resources for theory courses, reentry students must be prioritized for reentry into the ADN core courses.  

      A student who fails to earn a passing grade or withdraws from a nursing core course must complete the following forms:

        Student Program Readmission Request Form (E4)
        Student Academic Action Plan for Success Form (E5)

      Students must meet with the campus ADN Reentry Coordinator and submit both forms within ten (10) days of withdrawal or failure.  The ADN Reentry Coordinator will forward both forms to a campus counselor to help ensure successful reentry.

      Please note that while you may not be eligible to continue with core nursing courses at this time due to pre/corequisite requirements, you are still eligible to take general studies or elective courses required for graduation from the ADN program. 

      Students will receive notification of their readmission status after the last week of each semester based on space and program specific protocols.

      A reentry student may not register for nursing core courses until approved to do so by the ADN Reentry Coordinator and until all prerequisite core technical courses are completed.

      If you are planning on retaking coursework through another WTCS college, you must still complete and return both forms.  This will ensure that you will still be considered for reentry priority status. 

      If you are offered an opportunity to return and you decide to postpone your reentry to the ADN program, you will forfeit your priority reentry status and will not be eligible for reentry until after other students waiting to reenter (LPN Progression, transfer) have had the opportunity to reenter. 

      In order to be considered for re-entry, the student must be current on all clinical requirements and verifications.

      All reentry students are required to resubmit a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check and a National Criminal Background Check which must be completed.  In additional to that, if you are a New Richmond or Superior student, you are also required to resubmit a Minnesota Caregiver Background Check. Background Check forms and information can be found under the Fall 2018 Nursing Associate Degree section on the Requirements and Application page

      If you have questions or concerns, please contact the campus ADN Reentry Coordinator.

      Mila Halvorson
      2100 Beaser Ave
      Ashland WI  54806
      800/243-9482 x3853
      Email Mila
      WITC-New Richmond
      Karen Engesether
      1019 S Knowles Ave
      New Richmond WI  54017
      800/243-9482 x4384
      Email Karen
      WITC-Rice Lake
      Mary Jean Jergenson
      1900 College Dr
      Rice Lake WI  54868
      800/243-9482 x5234

      Email Mary Jean
      Ann Charbonneau
      600 N 21st St
      Superior WI  54880
      800/243-9482 x6352
      Email Ann

      Reentry Student Checklist


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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