Nursing - Associate Degree (Part-Time Option)

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Nursing Associate Degree (Part-Time Option)

Associate Degree

70 Credits | 4 Years


Clinical and Skills Labs will have On-Site clinic and/or campus requirements (Health Education Center)

Some Travel Required

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

Part-Time LeaRNing, Full-Time JouRNey

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. 

Northwood Tech will begin accepting applications for this program on October 18. 

Program Overview

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 full-time version of the Nursing - Associate Degree program. Learn more about the Nursing - Associate Degree (Full-Time Option) program

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Program Outcomes

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
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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. 

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A student nurse practicing on a simulated patient

In-demand career.

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High-paying career. 


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. 

Nursing - Associate Degree Public Disclosures.


Transfer Opportunities

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.

Virtual RN Success Advisor

Advisors will be available to coach, mentor and motivate you throughout the program. They will assist with academic-related issues, including enhancement of study skills and college success strategies and facilitate individual and/or study groups. 

Flexible, Cohort Classes

As part of a cohort, you will work through the program as a team with your classmates. Classes will be available online with occasional travel to the College's Health Education Center located in Shell Lake. 


Program specific subjects covered are Nursing Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Health Alterations, Health Promotions, Complex Health Alterations I and II, Mental Health, along with clinical and capstone experiences.   

Northwood Tech offers a full-time version of the Nursing - Associate Degree program. Visit this page to view the Nursing - Associate Degree (Full-Time Option) program

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Nursing - Associate Degree (Part-Time Options) Courses

| 2 CR
This clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of patients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building. COREQUISITES: 10543105 Nursing Health Alterations, 10806179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, and 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication.
| 2 CR
This course will cover topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources will be examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, economically diverse individuals and groups. PREREQUISITES: 10543105 Nursing Health Alterations, 10543106 Nursing Health Promotion, 10543107 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan, 10543108 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Care Management, 10806179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, and COREQUISITE: 10809198 Introduction to Psychology.
| 3 CR
This advanced clinical course requires the student to integrate concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized. COREQUISITES: 10543113 Nursing Complex Health Alterations 2, and 10809196 Introduction to Sociology.

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.

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Nursing Assistant is required for the Nursing-Associate Degree.

Technical Diploma
2 Credits / 75 Hour Course
Potential Careers
Nursing Assistant
Range of Yearly Salary
$20,018-$56,156 annually
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

If you are an LPN and interested in becoming an RN. Credits vary depending upon previously completed courses.
Potential Careers
Licensed Practical Nurse
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Earn 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 a 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

Please see the Requirements and Application page to learn more about becoming a student at Northwood Tech.

Requirements and Application page

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

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. 

Learn More About Paying for College

Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Nursing - Associate Degree (Part-Time Option)

70 Credits | 4 Years


*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 (Part-Time Option) Program

Graduates will obtain a Nursing - Associate Degree.

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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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Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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  Concerns may also be directed to the Board of Nursing, DSPS, PO Box 8366, Madison, WI 53708 – 8366. Phone number: 608.266.2112.  Email:

Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

Requirements for licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement eligibility vary from one profession to another and from state to state. If you are interested in a program at Northwood Tech that leads to practice certification/endorsement, please contact the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice to verify that the desired Northwood Tech program will meet the eligibility criteria for the credentials you seek.

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


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