Program Description

Individuals interested in exploring a health career may want to begin as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The focus of the program is on providing personal care to residents/patients of nursing homes, hospitals and other health agencies. Student nursing assistants learn basic nursing and personal care. Employees in this field are required to do lifting and moving of residents/patients in bed and to and from chairs. The job also requires considerable walking and standing. Potential occupations include: Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide. After successful completion of the Nursing Assistant course, students will be able to take the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Certification Exam. Certification is required for employment at any federally funded healthcare agency. The Nursing Assistant course is required for admission to the NTC Nursing Associate Degree program and certification is needed if you desire to seek employment as a Medication Assistant or Student Nurse Intern while completing the Nursing Associate Degree program. 

For financial aid purposes, the Nursing Assistant course is considered a preparatory course for pre-Nursing students and is eligible for student loans only. Students must be accepted as a pre-Nursing student, enrolled in at least six credits required by the Nursing program and have a completed FAFSA for the current academic year to qualify for a Federal Direct Student Loan.

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Approximate Program Cost

$563
Tuition & Fees: $511
Books & Supplies: $52

Starting Salary

$20,592–$41,756
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

May Be Available
Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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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
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
100%
at Wittenberg
10-20%
at Online

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

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Interact appropriately with clients experiencing selected dementias
  • Demonstrate skills and behavior that assists clients in attaining and maintaining independence
  • Perform basic nursing and personal care skills
  • Demonstrate behavior that supports and promotes clients' rights and safety
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to emotional, social and mental health during interaction with clients
  • Exhibit desirable employee traits in all roles as a nursing assistant

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Courses

The Nursing Assistant (CNA) Technical Diploma is a 3 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

Nursing Assistant 3.00
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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Transportation$2,007$2,007
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

In-State

$15,161

Out-of-State

$17,348

In-State

$20,723

Out-of-State

$22,910

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

For more information regarding billed tuition and fees visit https://www.ntc.edu/admissions/tuition-fees

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office

715.803.1647

financialaid@ntc.edu

Additional Information

Functional Ability Criteria

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC's CNA program is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's licensing criteria. However, NTC has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

Collaboration of Wisconsin Rural Investment in Community Healthcare (COW RICH) Grant (for students graduating by Spring 2024)

Additional funding may be available to assist with your training through external sources.

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.
  • As a state regulated Nurse Aide training program, students must attend all 120 hours of the course, as scheduled.
  • Students must be at least 16 years old to take the Nursing Assistant course.

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