Program Description

Nursing is the dynamic interpersonal, goal-directed process that seeks to promote optimal health within the context of individuals, family, community and society. The concept of caring, which is central to nursing, is communicated through both attitude and action. Nursing uses the nursing process, a problem solving approach, to provide holistic care to individuals, families and groups within the health care system. Nurses assess health and make clinical decisions to provide safe and effective nursing care according to standards of practice within the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks. Nursing practice is based on its own body of knowledge. Through collaboration with other health care professionals, nursing is responsive to the needs of the community across the health-illness continuum.

Approximate Cost

$15,363
Tuition: $10823 , Books: $4540

Starting Salary

$50,594
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Students Enjoy…

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
50-60 %
at Antigo
50-60 %
at Medford
50-60 %
at Phillips
50-60 %
at Spencer
50-60 %
at Wittenberg
20-30 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error and support decision-making
  • Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings
  • Integrate social, mathematical and physical sciences, pharmacology and pathophysiology in clinical decision-making
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices and an evolving professional identify as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy and quality care

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Registered Nurse

Courses

The Nursing Associate Degree is a 70 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

NURSING FUNDAMENTALS 2.00
NURSING SKILLS 3.00
NURSING PHARMACOLOGY 2.00
NSG: INTRO CLINICAL PRACTICE 2.00
GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

NURSING HEALTH ALTERATIONS 3.00
NURSING HEALTH PROMOTION 3.00
NSG: CLIN CARE ACROSS LIFESPAN 2.00
NSG: INTRO CLINICAL CARE MGT 2.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
ADV ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00

Third Term

NSG: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERAT 1 3.00
NSG: MENTAL HEALTH COMM CON 2.00
NSG: INTERMED CLIN PRACTICE 3.00
NURSING ADVANCED SKILLS 1.00
MICROBIOLOGY 4.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
ELECTIVE 2.00

Fourth Term

NSG: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERAT 2 3.00
NSG: MGT & PROFESS CONCEPTS 2.00
NSG: ADV CLINICAL PRACTICE 3.00
NURSING CLINICAL TRANSITION 2.00
ELECTIVE 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
ECONOMICS 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Accreditation

The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; telephone 404.975.5000; www.acenursing.org.

NCLEX Pass Rate

The NCLEX is the licensure exam for Registered Nurse Candidates that measures entry level nursing practice. During the 2017 calendar year, Northcentral Technical College candidates had a 96% pass rate.

Graduation Rate

70% of Nursing Associate Degree students who began the program during calendar year 2014 graduated with their Associate Degree in Nursing within 3 years (by spring 2017).

 

Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

School Name Degree Name
Rasmussen College BS in Nursing
American Public University B.S. in Nursing
Capella University B.S. in Nursing
Carroll University Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Educator
Franklin University B.S. in Nursing
Lakeland University Business Administration-Healthcare Management Emphasis
Ottawa University Nursing (BSN)
Mount Mary University Nursing
Purdue University Nursing
Silver Lake College Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix Bachelor of Science Nursing
Upper Iowa University Nursing (RN to BSN)
UW Eau Claire Eau Claire BSN Completion
UW Oshkosh Nursing 4 Year Plan
UW-Oshkosh Nursing
UW Green Bay B.S.N. (Campus Track or Online)
UW Madison Nursing
UW Milwaukee Nursing
UW Oshkosh B.S. in Human Services Leadership
UW Stevens Point Nursing
Silver Lake College BS in Nursing
Herzing University BS in Nursing
Grand Canyon University BS in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing BS in Nursing
Viterbo University B.B.A. in Nursing
Cardinal Stritch University Nursing
UW-Eau Claire Nursing
Western Governors University M.S. in Nursing Leadership and Management (RN to MSN bridge)
Western Governors University M.S. in Nursing Education (RN to MSN bridge program)
Western Governors University B.S. in Nursing
Bryant and Stratton College Nursing

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Current CPR certification is required prior to clinical placement. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider (ARC) or Healthcare Provider (AHA).

After admission to the college, you will be considered a pre-nursing student. Students are eligible to submit a financial aid application at this point and can work to complete general education courses as laid out in the program curriculum. Students interested in beginning the core clinical nursing program courses will submit an online form during designated petition dates.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores of 47 or above in math, 74 or above in reading, and 79 or above in sentence skills. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.