Nursing Assistant - Limited Term Requirements and Application

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From submitting your application to admission to registration, Northwood Tech is available to help guide you through the admissions process. To help you successfully complete this certificate, Northwood Tech has developed a set of requirements and functional ability criteria. For students with a disability, reasonable accommodations are available to help you be successful in the program of your choice. 

Admission Requirements

The first step to get admitted is to fill out a Northwood Tech application, and Northwood Tech will guide you from there. If you're not quite ready to become a student, visit a campus to get the full Northwood Tech experience. A campus tour will give you the opportunity to meet staff, instructors and students, tour the campus and get a real feel for the campus culture. 

  • Be at least 16 years old

  • Complete application process

  • Review and sign Background Check Disclosure

  • Submit Background Check fee

  • Have an acceptable Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check

  • Attend a mandatory orientation session scheduled prior to start of class

  • Review and sign Functional Abilities Disclosure

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Program-Specific Requirements

How to Apply

The Nursing Assistant program offers the opportunity to work in a healthcare setting as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and is also a prerequisite to the Northwood Tech Associate Degree Nursing program. Because the Nursing Assistant program is approved by the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, the application process has very specific requirements for entry into our program.

Please contact your local Student Services office to apply or for a detailed information packet. 

Nursing Assistant - Limited Term Orientation 2021-22

All NA students are required to attend a program orientation scheduled approximately two weeks prior to start of class.  Detailed information will be provided prior to the scheduled orientation date.

  • Read, complete and provide at the program orientation:
    • Functional Abilities Disclosure - listed above under Admission Requirements.  Read the functions and initial/sign the last page as described.  This will be discussed in further detail at the program orientation.
    • Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check Disclosure - listed above under Admission Requirements.  Read the disclosure and sign the 2nd page.  This will be discussed in further detail at the program orientation.  The clinical agencies that host the WITC Nursing Assistant students have significantly increased their demands for background check scrutiny over the past several years. All Nursing Assistant students are required to complete a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check and it must be completed within 90 days of the start of the of the program. If the scheduled clinical agencies will not accept the student based on the background check history, the student must be excused from the NA program. 
    • Health Sciences Confidentiality Statement - listed above under Program-Specific Admission Requirements.  Read the statement and sign as described.  This will be discussed in further detail at the program orientation.  All Health Sciences students are required to sign this document.
    • Student Identification Information Form - all Nursing Assistant students are required to complete this document.
    • Northwood Tech Acknowledgement of Risk - all Nursing Assistant students are required to complete this document.
  • NA Program Checklist - required prior to 1st day of class: 

Technology Requirements

If using Macintosh or Linux based computers, coursework must be submitted using your Office365 tools provided with your Northwood Tech email account. It is important to verify with your Program Faculty if non-Windows based computers are acceptable in the program.

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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

Rachel Lee

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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