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Nursing Assistant

Technical Diploma

2 Credits | 90 Hours

Multiple Start Dates

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

Outreach Center: Hayward

Health Education Center: Shell Lake

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

Nursing assistants, also known as nurse aides, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aides, unlicensed assistive personnel, orderlies or hospital attendants, provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. 

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Program Overview

The Nursing Assistant program provides classroom, laboratory instruction and supervised practice in area nursing homes and hospitals. The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Quality Assurance. After successfully completing this program, students will be eligible to complete the written and skills exams to be placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry. 

Program Outcomes

Nursing Assistant graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with clients, family, and co-workers
  • Protect rights of clients
  • Demonstrate ethical and legal responsibilities
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment 
  • Provide holistic, safe care to diverse populations
  • Demonstrate reporting and documentation
  • Assist clients with rehabilitation and restorative care 
  • Provide safe care for clients with acute and chronic health conditions
  • Complete educational requirements for the WI NA competency evaluation
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You will work directly with patients and their families. This means you truly have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people in a positive way. Being a CNA offers tremendous job stability because the demand will always be there, and will continue to grow. Indeed, with the changing picture of the healthcare industry, it is believed that the demand for CNAs is one of the best. 

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Make a difference.

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Job stability.

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Ability to work in various sectors. 


Academics

The CNA course is offered year round on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and at the outreach center in Hayward and the Health Education Center in Shell Lake. Take classes face to face and in the clinical setting. 

NNAAP pass rates

Good Salary

In just six weeks, you can obtain a rewarding career. Considering you could be certified in just six-weeks time, a median salary of $24,000 nationally is respectable. 

Career Bonuses and Benefits

Many CNAs receive great bonuses and benefits. These include health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. There are sometimes profit-sharing opportunities depending on the sector in which you work. These can increase your salary. 

Continue Your Education

As a CNA, it may be easier to gain access to other nursing programs, in particular accelerated ones. As you can demonstrate that you have working experience in the field, it will be more likely for you to be accepted to these programs. 


Curriculum

Program specific subjects covered include infection control, transferring and range of motion. Clinical experience working with residents in long term care will give you experience to work in the field upon graduation.

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Nursing Assistant is Part of a Career Pathway

Nursing Assistant is a requirement for the Nursing program.

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Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get you started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2022-23*

Nursing Assistant

2 Credits | 90 hours

$332


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Nursing Assistant Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Nursing Assistant technical diploma and be eligible to complete the written and skills exam to be placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry and become a Certified Nursing Assistant.


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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

Northwood Tech’s Nursing Assistant program prepares students to obtain the required certification to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examinations, licensure, or certification for other states. Please click below to review more details about DHS approval.

For more information, visit Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry

 


Contact

Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

715.788.7144

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

715.685.3039

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

715.752.8119

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Superior Admissions Contact

Rachel Lee

Admissions Advisor

715.319.7331

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