Nursing - Associate Degree

Nursing - Associate Degree

Degree Type

65-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code


Time to Degree

More than 2 years

Start Date

August 2021 / January 2022

How You'll Learn




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.

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.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • Submit application by November 30, 2020
  • Complete checklist items by February 1, 2021

Spring 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Summer 2021 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • iPad (128GB)
  • Exam Soft: $500
  • Kaplan Testing: $350
  • Viewpoint Screening: $110
  • Immunizations/tests: up to $900
  • Uniform: $100
  • Stethescope: $100

How To Apply

* The promo code is not valid for refund on a previously submitted app fee.

Questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.


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:

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

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


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.

Program Details

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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.

$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.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


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.


WCTC’s Nursing program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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