Nursing - Associate Degree
70 Credits | 2 Years
Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Students in selected health sciences programs will travel to the Shell Lake Health Education Center. Travel requirements are customized to meet individual program course competencies.
A career as an Associate Degree Nurse will provide you with a dynamic profession that encompasses compassion and caring with a scientific approach to promote optimal health for the individual, family, community and society. At completion of the program, you will be eligible to become a Registered Nurse through the state licensure examination.
Financial assistance may be available to assist with your healthcare training as part of the Support for Communities grant. To determine if you're eligible, please connect with the contact based upon your county of residence:
For Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Price, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn counties, please contact Scott Schultz, Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715.201.8493, www.nwwib.com/s2c
For Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, Pepin and St. Croix, please contact Kari Dahl, Case Manager, email@example.com, 877.711.9390 ext. 1421, www.workforceresource.org
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Financial assistance may be available as part of the West Cap Nursing Skills Program. Learn more about this opportunity here.
Nursing is the dynamic interpersonal goal-directed process that seeks to promote optimal health within the context of individuals, family, community and society. The concept of caring, which is central to nursing, is communicated through both attitude and action. Nursing uses the nursing process, a problem-solving approach, to provide holistic care to individuals, families and groups within the healthcare system. Through collaboration with other healthcare professionals, nursing is responsive to the needs of the community across the health-illness continuum.
Northwood Tech offers a part-time version of the Nursing - Associate Degree program. Learn more about the Nursing - Associate Degree (Part-Time Option) program.
Nursing - Associate Degree graduates will be able to:
- Integrate professional nursing identity reflecting integrity, responsibility, and nursing
- Communicate comprehensive information using multiple sources in nursing practice
- Integrate theoretical knowledge to support decision making
- Integrate the nursing process into patient care across diverse populations
- Function as a healthcare team member to provide safe and effective care
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of registered nurse is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. About 175,900 openings for registered nurses are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
Registered nurses (RNs) record patients' medical histories and symptoms as well as help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results. They also operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation. Some nurses may work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs may also run general health screenings or immunization clinics, blood drives and public seminars on various conditions.
Graduates of the Nursing - Associate Degree program have the option to transfer, with junior standing, into a baccalaureate nursing program at any University of Wisconsin university and some private colleges.
LPN to ADN
For the student that is a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and is interested in becoming an associate degree nurse, Northwood Tech offers a “LPN to ADN” track. The LPN to ADN pathway provides advanced standing for nursing courses in ADN Semesters 1 and 2 of the Northwood Tech ADN program.
Make a Difference
RNs get personal satisfaction from helping people heal from injury or illness. As a nurse, you can make a dramatically positive difference in the lives of your patients, as well as their families. You could even save someone’s life!
Program specific courses covered are Nursing Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Health Alterations, Health Promotion, Complex Health Alterations 1 and 2, Mental Health and Community Concepts, along with clinical and capstone experiences.
Nursing - Associate Degree is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Nursing - Associate Degree student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
The Nursing Assistant program is not embedded, but is a requirement for the Nursing - Associate Degree Program.
Nursing Assistant is required for the Nursing-Associate Degree.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Earn an associate degree.
Continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.
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.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
Nursing - Associate Degree
70 Credits | 2 Years
$925 for tools, supplies and uniforms
*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 Nursing - Associate Degree Program
Graduates will obtain a Nursing - Associate Degree.
Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond.
Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.
The Nursing-Associate Degree program at Northwood Technical College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone 404-975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation.
Wisconsin State Board of Nursing
The Nursing-Associate Degree at Northwood Technical College is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/BoardsCouncils/Nursing/Default.aspx. Concerns may also be directed to the Board of Nursing, DSPS, PO Box 8366, Madison, WI 53708 – 8366. Phone number: 608.266.2112. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information
Northwood Tech's Nursing program prepares students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee it's curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states. Please click below to review more details details about accreditation and licensure.
For more information, visit:
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services