Nursing - Associate Degree | Waukesha County Technical College

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.

Start Date

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.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

This program requires valid BLS Provider certification.  If you are currently certified and need to maintain your status, WCTC also offers a BLS Provider Renewal course.

Credit for Prior Learning

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

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

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
  • Scholarships
  • 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

Career Salaries

$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.

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. 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.

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Alverno CollegeBSNFull Program
Cardinal StritchBSNup to 65 with concurrent enrollment option
Chamberlain College of NursingBSNup to 77
Concordia University - WisconsinBSNfull program
Grand Canyon UniversityBSNFull Program, $250/credit-scholarship rate
Herzing UniversityBSN, traditional option or concurrent optionup to 65
Marian UniversityBSNfull program, 10% tuition discount
Mount Mary UniversityBSNfull program
Purdue GlobalBSNcredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Silver Lake CollegeBSNup to 70
Upper Iowa UniversityBSNup to 65
UW-Eau ClaireBSN60+
UW-Green BayBSN60+
UW-Stevens PointBSN60+
Viterbo UniversityBSNfull program
College Program Name Credit Awards
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


Other Educational Opportunities

Our certificates are a short-term educational option for growing your workplace skills and workforce marketability. Explore the following certificates.

Learning is an ongoing process. That’s why we offer professional development classes and seminars, designed to build upon your knowledge and experiences. They’re also a great way to fulfill industry requirements.

Explore Nursing and Health Continuing Education Courses.

Program Instructors

Kristin Basso, MSN | 262.695.6594
Stacy Bobber, MSN | 262.695.6591
Beth Connell-Weiand
, MSN | 262.691.5476
Melissa Cummings, MSN | 262.695.6584
Erika Derbyshire, MSN | 262.691.5165
Cynthia Dunbar, MSN | 262.695.6582
Carla Foley, MSN | 262.691.5474
Amber Grant, MSN| 262.691.5469
Donna Goelz, MSN | 262.695.6583
Anna Golembiewski, MSN | 262.691.5473
Cindy Grover, MSN | 262.691.5331
Shelby Harbeck, MSN | 262.691.5467
Jennifer Krueger, MSN | 262.695.6585
Candice Lindorfer, MSN | 262.695.6586
Jessica Nedbal, MSN | 262.695.6581
Dorie Nielson, MSN | 262.691.5516
Leanne Pahl-Jakab, MSN | 262.695.6588
Sarah Purdy, MSN | 262.691.5528
Annette O’Leary Quinn, MSN | 262.695.6589
Barbara Reimer, MSN | 262.691.5477
Melissa Reoch, MSN | 262.691.5192
Scott Schutten, MSN | 262.695.6590
Sara Siedenburg, MSN | 262.695.6587
Catherine Smet, MSN | 262.695.6591
Julie Ann Sommer, MSN | 262.695.6592
Erin Thompson, MSN | 262.695.3418
Margaret M. Tomansky, MSN | 262.695.6593