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Graduation Requirements

To earn an associate degree, a student must successfully complete the curriculum in effect when they began the program and demonstrate their competencies on performance assessment tasks. Twenty-five percent of these credits must be taken through NTC. A student must also complete 25 percent of the credits in the occupational courses in their program at NTC. Credits received through transfers or other advanced placement procedures do not count toward the 25 percent requirement for total credits or the occupational credits.

To earn a technical diploma, students must successfully complete the curriculum in effect at the time of starting the program and demonstrate their competence. Twenty-five percent of the credits must be taken through NTC. Credits received through transfers or other advanced placement procedures do not count toward this requirement.

Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in their occupational courses and an overall 2.0 GPA to graduate. The courses needed to graduate are set when a student enters a program.

Before a student receives their associate degree or diploma, they must return all school equipment and books, and pay all school debts.

Educational Guarantee
If a student obtains a technical diploma or associate degree, the Wisconsin Technical College System guarantees up to six free credits of additional instruction within the same occupational program if they cannot find a job in the field for which they were trained and have actively pursued, and not refused, employment and job placement assistance or within 90 days after beginning employment, their employer certifies to the local College Board that they lack entry-level job skills and specifies, in writing, the areas of deficiency.

Student Right-to-Know Act
The “Student Right-to-Know” Act states colleges must disclose, upon request of current and prospective students, information concerning the completion or graduation rates of certificate or degree‑seeking full‑time students who enter the institution. For additional information, please contact Student Services at 715.803.1025.

Student Achievement at Northcentral Technical College

The academic success of students is Northcentral Technical College's highest priority. The Student Success Framework for the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) defines and measures student achievement. The WTCS Student Success Scorecard provides student achievement measures for all WTCS colleges in the areas of course completion, retention/persistence, credential completion/graduation, transition/transfer, job placement, and graduate salary and wages. 

Listed below are NTC's key retention/persistence outcomes as well as credential completion/graduation outcomes from the WTCS Student Success Scorecard. To view NTC's job placement results for each academic program, please go to our Graduate Employment Report.

Northcentral Technical College Student Achievement Key Metrics1 2014-17
WTCS Indicator 2: Retention/Persistence 2014 NTC 2014 WTCS 2015 NTC 2015 WTCS 2016 NTC 2016 WTCS 2017 NTC 2017 WTCS
Program students retained (or graduated) from fall to spring term 84% 82% 86% 81% 84% 81% 84% 82%
Program students retained (or graduated) from year to year 69% 64% 67% 65% 69% 63% 65% 64%
Program students retained (or graduated) after three years 56% 51% 56% 51% 54% 52% 59% 50%
WTCS Indicator 3: Credential Completion and Graduation
First-time program students graduating within three years 40% 34% 43% 35% 39% 36% 48% 33%
First-time program students graduating within six years 56% 42% 57% 40% 52% 40% 46% 39%
WTCS Indicator 5 - Job Placement and Salary
Program graduates employed w/in 1 year of graduation 92% 92% 93% 93% 94% 93% Unavailable Unavailable
Average wages of program graduates w/in 1 year of graduation $34,913 $37,076 $37,250 $38,927 $37,544 $37,437 Unavailable Unavailable
1 To allow for accurate benchmarking, all data was derived from the Wisconsin Technical College System OLAP Data Cubes for QRP. Retention/Persistence and Credential Completion and Graduation results measure first-time program students.
2 First-time program student definition: Student who has not been enrolled in the program during the four years previous to the cohort year, and is enrolled in at least one FTE-generating course at the College during the cohort year.
NTC External Assessment Pass Rate
Program Name/Assessment 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
ADN Nursing 94% 86% 95% 88% Not released
National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX)
Criminal Justice 90% 100% 91% 100% 95%**
Simulation Testing
Dental Hygiene 94% 96% 100% 96% Not released
National Board Dental Hygiene Exam
Dental Hygiene (clinical) 90% 81% 83% 89% 79%
Central Regional Dental Testing Service 
Medical Lab Tech 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
ASPC Board of Registry
Medical Assistant 94% 100% 100% 96% Not released
Nursing Assistant (CNA) 68% 74% 82% 79% 89%***
Skills Test
Nursing Assistant (CNA) 96% 94% 97% 98% 99%
Pearson Vue CNA Written Exam
Paramedic 100% 94% 77% Not Complete Not released
NREMT Registry Exam*
Radiography 100% 100% 100% 92% Not released
ARRT National Registry
Surgical Technician 92% 100% 100% 100% 100%
National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists 
Source: Results from various national registry examination boards 
*Cumulative pass rate within 6 attempts**spring 2017 results only
***First quarter results only.


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