Health Continuing Education Courses | Waukesha County Technical College

Health Continuing Education Courses

It's critical that healthcare professionals stay up to date and confident in their skills. Our continuing education courses will keep you on the cutting edge and help you provide the best care possible.

Health Continuing Education Courses

Healthcare Professionals*

Nursing**

Nursing, APRNs**

Nursing Assistant*

Medical Coding*

Aging Series: For community members, HC professionals are welcome*

* Provides a WCTC certificate of participation

** Provides WNA CNE contact hours

Waukesha County Technical College is an approved provider of nursing continuing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

RN and LPN Refresher Courses

The RN and LPN refresher is intended for nurses who have been out of nursing practice for five years or longer and hold an active or limited nursing license in the state of Wisconsin. This program is offered beginning in mid-March to a maximum of 12 students. It includes two theory and skills courses along with a clinical course.

If you are interested in applying, fill out the application form and email to Karen Boggio by January 31. Permits to register will be sent upon acceptance to the program.

Theory and Skills Courses

  • 510-405C Critical Thinking/Nursing Skills NC: Discuss ways to develop and apply critical thinking related to the nursing process, physical assessment and skills in the Nursing Skills Lab setting. Content includes enhanced physical assessment, multiple routes of medication administration, infusion therapy, enteral and nasogastric tube management, maintenance of oxygenation and wound management. Therapeutic communication techniques, care of the older adult, documentation and the roles of the RN, LPN and UAP (unlicensed assistive personnel) will be reviewed.
    • Demonstration of competency of selected nursing skills by achieving a “satisfactory” rating is required (skills testing).
    • This course meets two days a week for three hours each class period for eight weeks (total of 48 hours). Extra time outside of class may be required for this course.
  • 510-471Q Pharmacology Review Nurse Refresher: Designed for nurses refreshing their pharmacology knowledge, this course includes principles of safe medication practices along with drug-specific information related to different medication classes such as anti-hypertensives, anti-infectives, hypoglyemics and others. 
    • This course meets for two three-hour sessions in April (six hours total).

Clinical Courses

  • 510-405O RN Refresher: Clinical Practice or 510-405P LPN Refresher: Clinical Practice: This clinical experience will be in a long-term care, rehab or sub-acute facility under the guidance and direct supervision of a nursing instructor with a group of up to eight RN/LPN Refresher students.
    • This course is 100 hours in the clinical setting for both RNs and LPNs (25 hours per week for four weeks).
    • The clinical course begins after the completion of the critical thinking/skills courses. The clinical experience provides the returning RN/LPN the opportunity to put theory and skills into practice. Extra time during the clinical day may be required for this course.

Requirements

  1. Current active/limited Wisconsin nursing license. (If license is inactive, contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at 608.266.0627). License must be current at time of application.
  2. Completion of BLS (Basic Life Support) Provider course.
  3. Completion of criminal background check.
  4. Completion of health requirements through a ProHealth Works clinic (physical exam; up-to-date with immunizations; a two-step TB skin test; completed 10-panel drug screen)
  5. Review of the Essential Functions for Nursing and completion of the Functional Ability Criteria form.
  6. Completion of Statement of Confidentiality, Release of Information and signature on the RN/LPN Refresher syllabus forms.
  7. Completion of WCTC Theory and Practice courses (to be taken concurrently) and Clinical course listed above.