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Nursing - Associate Degree

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Degree Type
65-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
More than 2 years

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • 8-Week Courses
  • Full circle iconFull-Time

Nurses are key to the healthcare team, serving as caregivers, educators and patient advocates. Integrate the science and art of nursing to prepare for the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse. Licensed nurses may work in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities or on the business side of healthcare.

Please note: To be eligible for testing and/or licensing in the state of Wisconsin, you may be required to obtain a social security number.

How To Apply

  • Complete and pass the ATI TEAS Exam.
    • If you took the TEAS exam elsewhere and passed with a 70% or higher overall score, request official scores to be sent to WCTC.
  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading and writing skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

Steps to Complete the Nursing Program

Apply and Become Admitted to the Nursing Program

  • Follow the "How to Apply" steps outlined above. Be sure to complete these steps by the date listed in the "Application Deadlines" tab.
  • Once admitted into the Nursing program, you are eligible to take general studies (pre-core) courses.
  • Admission to the Nursing program does not guarantee seats in our core or clinical courses.

Complete General Studies Courses

Complete your General Studies courses. This program also requires:

You will be required to provide this documentation during the petitioning process. Have transfer credit? Check out Credit for Prior Learning.

Petition to the Program

After successfully completing these steps and being awarded a seat through the petitioning process, you can begin your core courses. In order to begin core courses, you will need to successfully:

  • Petition to the Nursing program (Use this link during the petition window to complete the form and upload your required documents). The next petition window is November 1-14, 2023 for spring entry and June 1-14, 2024 for fall entry.
  • Complete a background check as part of the mandatory new student orientation. If you are accepted into core courses, you will find directions to access this course in an acceptance letter.

Explore frequently asked questions about the Nursing petition process, and review the health and safety requirements and Nursing student handbook for students in core Nursing courses.

After the Program

Upon graduating, you will be prepared to take the national licensing exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse. View the current WCTC NCLEX pass rates.

This program is designed to satisfy the academic requirements for licensure set forth by the State of Wisconsin. Review out-of-state licensure information.

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Potential Careers

If you have a solid background in science, are emotionally strong, enjoy caring for others, and have empathy and compassion, the nursing profession may be for you. Nurses are quick thinkers who can adapt to a wide range of situations and work in a variety of healthcare settings. Successful nurses are responsible, organized and detail oriented, and they have a passion for helping others.

  • Staff Nurse
  • Charge Nurse/Supervisor
  • Public Health or School Nurse
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Home Care Nurse
  • Nurse Educator
Technical Standards

The students enrolled in the Nursing - Associate Degree program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Nursing - Associate Degree program are representative of those found in the Nursing profession.

Review the Nursing Technical Standards.

High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$62,200 – $90,800 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Health Requirements

Review the current Nursing - Associate Degree health and safety requirements

Clinical Site Compliance

Please note that some clinical sites require compliance with various safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Students may individually address clinical placement requirements with Jenny Clausen, Clinical Placement Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Life Office.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. After completing the fourth term of core/technical nursing courses, students are eligible to receive a certificate of completion, take the Practical Nursing (PN) Licensure exam and work as an LPN while continuing Nursing studies.
  2. Gain realistic, scenario-based clinical practice in WCTC’s high-tech Human Patient Simulator (HPS) Lab along with developing a variety of hands-on skills in the Nursing Skills Lab.
  3. Nursing Bridge Programs: We offer accelerated tracks for Licensed Practical Nurses and Paramedics to earn this degree.


The associate degree nursing program at Waukesha County Technical College at the Pewaukee Campus located in Pewaukee, WI is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Waukesha County nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

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