Nursing - Associate Degree
65-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Code 10-543-1
Nurses are key to health care, working with physicians and serving as caregivers, educators and patient advocates. In this program, integrate the art of nursing with bio-psychological courses, and prepare for the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse. After licensure, work in a number of settings, including hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities.
How Long It Will Take
This program is offered in both part-time and full-time sequences. Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in three years.
You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Some hybrid/online classes are available.
What Makes This Program Unique
- All associate and bachelor's degree nursing graduates take the same national licensing exam (NCLEX) to become an RN; WCTC has one of the highest first-time pass rates in southeastern Wisconsin. View the current NCLEX pass rates.
- Strong employer partnerships translate to over 100 area clinical sites.
- After completing the second semester 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.
- The Scientific Literacy Lab is a resource for School of Health program students. The lab enhanced your learning about body systems and medical terminology.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Complete NLN PAX Exam.
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment.
- Schedule and attend a Program Planning Session.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2019 Start
- Submit application by April 1, 2019
- Complete checklist items by July 26, 2019
Spring 2020 Start
- Submit application by August 26, 2019
- Complete checklist items by November 18, 2019
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
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.
$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.