Nursing Assistant - Limited Term

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Nursing Assistant - Limited Term

Technical Certificate

2 Credits | 75 Hours

Multiple Start Dates

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

Outreach Centers: Hayward, Ladysmith, Shell Lake

Career Cluster: Health Sciences


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has approved a waiver to Northwood Tech to offer the Emergency Nurse Aide program for 75 hours.



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. 

Program Overview

The Nursing Assistant - Limited Term 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 and the 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 and interact effectively with clients, family, and co-workers
  • Maintain and protect client rights
  • Report information and record observations
  • Demonstrate the ethical and legal responsibilities of the NA/HHA
  • Provide safe care to a diverse population, meeting personal, physical and psychosocial client needs
  • Assist with client rehabilitation and restorative care, promoting independence
  • Assist clients with long-term, disabling conditions including dementia, always focusing on the strengths of the client
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Eligible to take the WI NA Competency evaluation

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.

Students practicing skills used as a nursing assistant

Ability to work in various sectors. 


The CNA course is offered year round on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and at the outreach centers in Ladysmith, Hayward, and Shell Lake. Take classes via web conferencing and hands-on labs.

NNAAP pass rates

Good Salary

Considering you could be certified after 75 hours of training, 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. 


Program specific subjects covered include infection control, transferring and range of motion. Hands-on learning will give you the experience to work in the field upon graduation.

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Nursing Assistant - Limited Term is Part of a Career Pathway

Nursing Assistant - Limited Term is a requirement for the Nursing program.

This is the program you're looking at.

Technical Diploma
2 Credits / 75 Hour Course
Potential Careers
Nursing Assistant
Range of Yearly Salary
$20,018-$56,156 annually
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Continue your education to obtain an associate degree..

Associate Degree
70 Credits / At Least 2 Years Full Time, Part-Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Registered Nurse
Range of Yearly Salary
$39,351-$90,090 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree. 

Nursing Transfer Options

UW–Eau Claire|UW–Green Bay|UW–Madison|UW–Milwaukee|UW–Oshkosh|UW–Stout|UW-Stevens |Alverno College|Cardinal Stritch University|Chamberlain College of Nursing|Concordia University|Franklin College|Lakeland University

Admissions and Tuition

To apply, just fill out an application form either online or at a campus, and Northwood Tech will guide you from there. 

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 2021-22*

Nursing Assistant

2 Credits | 75 hours


*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 - Limited Term Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Nursing Assistant - Limited Term Technical Certificate 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

State Licensure Disclosure: Northwood Tech’s Nursing Assistant program is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin’s licensing criteria. However, Northwood Tech 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 Northwood Tech program meets licensure or certification requirements.

Federal and state regulations require that a person's name is entered on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry only after satisfactorily completing both a Wisconsin approved nurse aide training program, or basic nursing course for professional nurses or licensed practical nurses, and competency evaluation program.

For more information, visit Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry


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

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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