Nursing Assistant

3-credit Technical Diploma

In the 120-hour Nursing Assistant program, gain proficiency in fundamental nursing skills by reviewing DVD demonstrations, discussing theory and practicing in a nursing lab. Learn basic nursing tasks for caring for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities and their own homes. Once the skills are mastered, practice on patients in a nursing home or hospital setting under the supervision of an instructor.

  • Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant program, graduates will be eligible to take the state exam, which allows the student to be placed on the Nursing Assistant Registry in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Completion of the Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma provides practice and insight into other nursing and healthcare professions.
  • No application is required for this program. Students must attend a Mandatory Information Session prior to registering.
  • Effective 8/21/14, Nursing Assistant students must be 16 years old by the first day of their class.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $17,000-$37,000
    • Average Salary: $25,208
    • Median Salary: $22,343
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $24,760
    • Average Hourly Wage: $12.13
    • Three-year Average Salary: $24,675

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-300 Nursing Assistant3  
 
Total Semester Credits
3
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Additional Information for Potential Students

Background Information Disclosure Form (BID)

  • The Department of Health Services requires that a Criminal Background Check (CBC) be run before being permitted to register for class. You will be asked to fill this out and submit at your MIS or mail it back to us with a $20 check or money order, before being permitted to register. If you have any offenses that may show up on a background check, mark yes to question #1 on the form.
  • The Dean will review your CBC and you will be called to meet with the Dean if there are any offenses that could prevent you from being placed in a clinical and/or work as a Certified Nursing Assistant. If you think that there might be something in your past that could bar you from attending the clinical portion of this class, please call the Clinical Manager, Ellie Maggio at 262.691.5243 with your concerns.

Health Requirements

  • A two-step TB skin test with written documentation (NOT a one-step) is required.
  • There is a $12.00 charge per test, not covered by insurance.
  • If you have had a two-step TB test in the past, bring in a document stating this. If you CAN produce this document you must have a one-step TB skin test within six (6) months of the start of the nursing assistant class with documentation.
  • Failure to have the TB skin tests completed before the first day of class, may result in you being dropped from the program and an alternate will take your place.

A two-step skin test will require a total of four (4) visits to the clinic where you are receiving the test. This process may take up to 3 weeks to complete. Your TB skin test results will be recorded on your official pink Health Requirements Card and will be turned in to your instructor on the first day of class. WCTC requires that all students have their TB skin tests given and read only at ProHealth Works at any of these five locations or the Waukesha County Public Health Center:

  • ProHealth Works – Mukwonago
    240 W. Maple Avenue
  • ProHealth Works - New Berlin
    13900 W. National Avenue
  • ProHealth Works – Oconomowoc
    Oconomowoc Physician Center/Urgent Care Entrance
    1185 Corporate Center Drive
  • ProHealth Works - Watertown
    109 Air Park Dr.
  • ProHealth Works – Waukesha
    The Seeger Medical Office Building
    20611 Watertown Road, Suite J

Scheduling Phone Number for all ProHealth Works locations: 262.928.5900.

  • Waukesha County Public Health Center – Waukesha (cost $20)
    514 Riverview Avenue
    262.896.8430

Competency Testing

As of January 2003, the Department of Health Services requires that all candidates who complete a nursing assistant training program have mandatory competency testing before they can be placed on the registry. This means that after you finish your program here, you will have to fill out an application and make arrangements to take the competency test.

The test consists of two parts: written exam and skills evaluation. The fee for the test will be approximately $115. To obtain more detailed information regarding the test, you can go to Pearson VUE. Once at the home page, go to the "registry" link, scroll down to "Wisconsin Nurses Aides" and click on to "candidate handbook".

Attendance

Attendance for this class is mandatory including being on time for each class/clinical day.

If you have a scheduled activity in the near future where you know you will be missing some class time, we strongly urge you to reconsider your participation in this course.

If you fail to attend class the first day, you will be dropped from the class.

If you have changed your mind and will not be attending this course, please drop immediately so another student can be called from the waiting list.

Be aware that in order to receive a 100% refund of your tuition, you must still notify the Registration Department at WCTC before the first day of class. Refunds are subject to a $3.00 processing fee. They can be reached at 262.691.5578. Choose option "1" to speak to an operator.)

Insurance Benefit

All students are required to purchase risk insurance. (The cost is $13.00 and is included in your registration fee) You will be insured for any accidents that might occur at your clinical site.

Textbook

Purchase the Essentials of Nursing Assistant (Mosby's - 5th Edition) textbook, study guide and DVD ahead of time at the WCTC bookstore.

You must bring the textbook, study guide, and DVD to the first day of class. The cost is approximately $95.00.

Student Uniform Policy

On Campus:

  • Classroom days – No special uniform is required
  • Lab and clinical days – You will be expected to participate with fellow students in skill practice and check off. Cobalt blue scrub top and pants and white shoes are the basic uniform for both skill days and clinical. You must purchase the scrubs at the WCTC bookstore. You must purchase a gait belt for lab days/clinical days. You may purchase the gait belt at the WCTC bookstore for $9.50. A watch with a second hand and a flexible watchband is also required for class and clinical.

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

543-300 Nursing Assistant 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no college credit agreements for Nursing Assistant. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Sally Christiansen

Sally Christiansen

Phone: 262.691.5585

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master’s in Teaching and Learning in the Community College, Capella University-Minneapolis

Teaching Philosophy

"All students should be treated with respect and as individuals as they learn and grow in their chosen careers; my assignment is to help them expand their learning horizons and to master the material that that they have chosen."