Nursing Assistant (CNA) Technical Diploma | Northcentral Technical College

Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Technical Diploma

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. As an Embedded Technical Diploma, this program ladders fully into the Geriatric Care Specialist Technical Diploma program.

program at a Glance

Nursing Assistant (CNA) 3 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Fully Available
  • Medford Fully Available
  • Phillips Fully Available
  • Spencer Fully Available
  • Wittenberg Fully Available

Approximate Cost

$547 (Tuition: $463, Books: $84)

Average Starting Salary

$27,462 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

  • Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Course List

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Additional program Information



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 progarm, becoming certified, and working for six months at a participating nursing home.
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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.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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