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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.

Approximate Cost

Tuition: $477 , Books: $55

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

May Be Available

Program Overview Video


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.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

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


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


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Nursing Assistant (CNA)


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

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Additional Information

Functional Ability Criteria

WisCaregiver Careers Participant

NTC is an active participant in the state-wide WisCaregiver Careers initiative, which was launched by the Department of Health Services (DHS). DHS has received federal approval to move forward with the more than $2.3 million investment to implement the WisCaregiver Careers, designed to add approximately 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce, in this high demand field.

To qualify for free training, students need to meet certain requirements, including agreeing to complete the CNA program, becoming certified, and working for six months at a participating nursing home.

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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.

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.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete.

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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.