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.

Accreditation Information: The Nursing Associate Degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; telephone 404.975.5000; www.acenursing.org.

Approximate Cost

$14,302
Tuition: $11240 , Books: $3062

Starting Salary

$45,003–$74,880
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Competitive Admissions

No Waitlist

This program has no waitlist, but uses a competitive admissions process.

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The application takes just a few minutes to complete.

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…

  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision making
  • Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participate in system effectiveness
  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity 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. In addition to our full-time option that can be started in either the fall or spring term, we offer a fifteen-term, part-time option that starts only in the fall term with courses that are taken on nights and weekends.

4 terms (Full-time)

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
COLLEGE 101 1.00
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

15 terms (Part-time)

Year 1

Fall
NURSING FUNDAMENTALS 2.00
GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
Winterim
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
Spring
NURSING SKILLS 3.00
NURSING PHARMACOLOGY 2.00

Year 2

Summer
NSG: INTRO CLINICAL PRACTICE 2.00
ADV ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
Fall
NURSING HEALTH ALTERATIONS 3.00
NSG: INTRO CLINICAL CARE MGT 2.00
Winterim
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
Spring
NURSING HEALTH PROMOTION 3.00
NSG: CLIN CARE ACROSS LIFESPAN 2.00

Year 3

Summer
MICROBIOLOGY 4.00
Fall
NSG: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERAT 1 3.00
NSG: MENTAL HEALTH COMM CON 2.00
Winterim
NURSING ADVANCED SKILLS 1.00
Spring
NSG: INTERMED CLIN PRACTICE 3.00
ELECTIVE 2.00
ELECTIVE 3.00

Year 4

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

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Accreditation

The associate degree nursing program at Northcentral Technical College located in Wausau, WI, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326; telephone 404.975.5000; www.acenursing.org. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

NCLEX Pass Rate

The NCLEX is the licensure exam for Registered Nurse Candidates that measures entry level nursing practice. During the 2020 calendar year, Northcentral Technical College candidates had a 97% pass rate.

Graduation Rate

48% of Nursing Associate Degree students who began the program during calendar year 2019 graduated within 2 academic years with their Associate Degree in Nursing.
 
70% of Nursing Associate Degree students who began the program during calendar year 2018 graduated within 3 academic years with their Associate Degree in Nursing.

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Alverno College Nursing
American Public University B.S. in Nursing
Capella University Nursing
Cardinal Stritch University Nursing
Carthage College Nursing
Chamberlain University BS in Nursing
Concordia University Nursing
Franklin University B.S. in Nursing
Grand Canyon University BS in Nursing
Herzing University BS in Nursing
Lakeland University Nursing
Marian University Nursing
Mount Mary University Nursing
Ottawa University Nursing (BSN)
Purdue University Northwest Nursing
Rasmussen College BS in Nursing
Upper Iowa University Nursing (RN to BSN)
UW Eau Claire Nursing
UW Green Bay B.S.N. (Campus Track or Online)
UW Madison Nursing
UW Milwaukee Nursing
UW Oshkosh Nursing
UW Oshkosh Nursing 4 Year Plan
UW Stevens Point Nursing
UW Superior Health and Human Performance Community/Public Health Performance
Viterbo University B.S. in Nursing
Western Governors University B.S. in Nursing
Western Governors University M.S. in Nursing Education (RN to MSN bridge program)
Western Governors University M.S. in Nursing Leadership and Management (RN to MSN bridge)

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

View all transfer guides

Additional Information

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Nursing Associate Degree Pathway

Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse looking to return to Nursing? NTC provides a pathway that allows LPNs to bridge their education and training into a Registered Nurse (RN) Associate Degree. After successful completion of the Return to Nursing course, students can begin third semester Nursing Associate Degree coursework.

Learn More

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC’s Nursing Associate Degree is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's licensing criteria. However, NTC has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure/certification requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the NTC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

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 may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification is required prior to starting program courses or within the timeframe discussed at program orientation. Accepted certifications include BLS CPR from American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • 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.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. The $30.00 application fee is being waived at this time.

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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. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. 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.