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.
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)
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.
To get started, click on Step 1 below.
- Step 1-Apply for Pre-ADN
- Step 2-Admission Requirements for core-ADN Program
- Step 3-Priority Petition for Admission to the ADN Core Program
ADN Handbook - Academic Year 2017-2018
- Student Rules and Regulations
- Transfer, Readmission and Dismissal
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.
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
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.
The MN Dept. of Health Services NETStudy 2.0 background study requires all persons who provide services to children and vulnerable adults to be fingerprinted and photographed.
WITC staff will verify the information provided, and enter it into the MN DHS website, which will generate the Background Study Fingerprint & Photo Authorization document that is sent to the student. Students MUST present the authorization document and same form of ID to be fingerprinted and photographed. Students will be reuquired to pay the $9.10 fee at the fingerprint and photo location.
Within 14 calendar days of receiving the Background Study Fingerprint and Photo Authorization document, students must be fingerprinted and photographed. If not completed within 14 calendar days, the above process and fee payment will need to be repeated.
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
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
Complete and Give to Instructor
Functional Abilities Disclosure - listed above under Admission Requirements. Read the functions and initial/sign the page page as described. Submit to instructor by designated due date.
Clinical Verification Form - Read and sign the form as described. Submit as instructed
Math Quiz - To be completed as designated by ADN instructor.
ADN Fall 2018 textbook list - You will purchase most of your books during the first year of the nursing courses. You will use them throughout the program.
Student Biographical Change Request - Please print and use this form if you change your name, address or phone number(s). You should submit it to your local Student Services to be certain that the changes are entered in the main computer system.
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:
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.
2100 Beaser Ave
Ashland WI 54806
1019 S Knowles Ave
New Richmond WI 54017
Mary Jean Jergenson
1900 College Dr
Rice Lake WI 54868
Email Mary Jean
600 N 21st St
Superior WI 54880