Nursing - Associate Degree
65-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Code 10-543-1
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.
How Long It Will Take
Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in three years.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered on campus in traditional, hybrid and online class formats, as well as lab and clinical experiences.
What Makes This Program Unique
- All associate and bachelor's degree nursing graduates take the same national licensing exam (NCLEX) to become an RN. View the current NCLEX pass rates.
- Strong employer partnerships translate to over 100 area clinical sites.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nursing Bridge Programs: We offer accelerated tracks for Licensed Practical Nurses and Paramedics to earn this degree. Learn more.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
Deadlines to Know
Fall 2021 Start
- Submit application by November 30, 2020
- Complete checklist items by February 1, 2021
Spring 2021 Start
- This program cannot be started in spring.
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
Steps to Complete the Nursing Program
Complete the required admissions steps:
- Complete NLN PAX Exam.
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment (Reading and Writing).
Complete your General Studies courses. This program also requires:
- Valid BLS Provider certification from the American Heart Association. WCTC also offers a BLS Provider Renewal course.
- Documentation of Nursing Assistant course completion.
You will be required to provide this documentation during the petitioning process. Have transfer credit? Check out Credit for Prior Learning.
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:
Effective immediately, the petition windows for Nursing are as follows:
- November 1-14: Petition window open for spring core Nursing courses
- June 1-14: Petition window open for fall core Nursing courses
Beginning in spring 2021, petitioning to begin fall 2021 will be a competitive process with priority given to those with the highest grades in Advanced A&P and PAX scores.
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.
Financial Aid Eligibility
As a program student, you are eligible to receive:
- Financial aid loans
- Other forms of assistance
Learn more about financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Learn more about tuition and fees.
Upon beginning core courses, all Nursing program students are required to purchase the WCTC Nursing TechRN Bundle from the WCTC TechEx Center. This includes an iPad and discounted textbook bundle.
$58,000 – $79,000 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.
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. Successful nurses are responsible, organized and detail oriented, and they have a passion for helping others.
- Registered Nurse
Information About Blood-borne Pathogens
All programs at WCTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout your clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.