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.

Courses You'll Take

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

  1. Complete the required admissions steps:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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
  • 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. This includes an iPad and discounted textbook bundle.

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
Bryant and Stratton 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
Lakeland UniversityBSNUp to 90
Marian UniversityBSNfull program, 10% tuition discount
Mount Mary UniversityBSNfull program
Purdue GlobalBSNcredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Purdue NorthwestBSNup to 65
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
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior 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.

You may wish to continue your education to obtain a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree in nursing.  Additional degrees may provide more varied job opportunities.