Nursing - Associate Degree Career Outlook

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Northwood Tech 2019-2020 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 

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Northwood Tech 2019-2020 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 

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$42,117 - $72,794

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Northwood Tech 2019-2020 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 





Typical positions available after graduation include:

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Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your Nursing - Associate Degree at Northwood Tech, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Hear From Graduates

"In healthcare, you need a good educational foundation. We had wonderful instructors at Northwood Tech, and they made you work hard. It lit a fire and showed me what was possible. I thought, 'If I can do this, I can do everything.' It was a solid basis for nursing."

Terry K., Nursing - Associate Degree graduate

ADN Graduates

Please note we are still in the process of changing the college name to Northwood Technical College and the address to the Rice Lake location.  Pearson VUE and/or boards of nursing may still indicate WITC.  You can proceed with your applications using WITC and/or the Shell Lake location.

  • Information for RN Graduates & Wisconsin PN-Eligible Students
    • Student Responsibilities
      • Login to MyNorthwoodTech to access the email from the Registrar about the graduation ceremony.  Complete the Graduation information form and submit to Student Services. You will need to complete this form whether or not you plan to attend the graduation ceremony.
      • Ensure all of your Northwood Tech accounts are paid and that you do not owe money to Northwood Tech.
      • Ensure your high school transcript is on file with Northwood Tech in Student Services.
      • Ensure all required courses have been completed with a "C" or better, and/or credit for prior learning has been processed.
    • The following courses must be completed in order for a student to be PN-NCLEX eligible:
      • 543-101 through 543-108 courses
      • English Composition 1 (or Written Communication, depending on when you started the program)
      • Developmental Psychology
      • Oral/Interpersonal Communication or Speech
      • General Anatomy & Physiology
      • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
    • Complete appropriate state and NCLEX application
      • Please make sure you are completing the application for the state in which you want to be licensed
      • Each state requires its own form form and one state's form cannot be substituted for another
    • Check your email for information/problems with your Northwood Tech record and/or WI Statement of Graduation or MN Confirmation of Program Completion form
    • Transcripts are not required when applying for Licensure by Exam.
    • If you have questions or concerns about the process, please don't hesitate to contact your instructor.
  • Timeline and Authorization to Test (ATT)
    • The process of auditing and conferring degrees takes time. 
    • Timeline:
      • Northwood Tech grades are due:  December 23, 2021
      • Northwood Tech requires 15 business days to audit/confer degrees and submit graduation information to Boards of Nursing: January 19, 2022
      • Boards of Nursing require 3 weeks to process applications AFTER receiving graduation information: February 9, 2022
      • If you haven't received an ATT by February 11, 2022, please contact Lisa Hall at and include your Student ID, campus, exam application (RN or PN), and state applied to.
    • In order to give Northwood Tech and the Boards of Nursing time to process all the paperwork, Northwood Tech will not respond to any inquiries regarding the status of the process until after February 11.
    • After January 19, 2022, please check this webpage for updated information as to when graduation forms were approved/submitted to the boards of Nursing.
    • This web page and your student email will be the only notifications you will receive.
  • NCLEX application (Pearson VUE)
    • NCSBN provides additional information about the exam.  This is a really good place to start if you have questions about the exam!  NCLEX Info Fact Sheet
    • When you're ready, complete the online NCLEX application, which is administered by Pearson VUE.
    • To get started, click on Register for the NCLEX (to register/create an account) or Sign into your NCLEX account (if you have an existing account with Pearson VUE). You will need to click on Register or Sign In a second time to proceed.
    • 1. Complete all items as requested
    • 2. Program Code:  PN-US50100300; RN-US50407200
    • 3. City & State of School of Nursing:  RICE LAKE WI
    • 4. Pay using a credit, debit or prepaid card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express only)
    • 5. NCLEX is a national exam. View testing sites
    • If this is your first time registering with Pearson VUE, please write down your student ID, user name, password and/or security question(s) as you will need this information to access the site later.
    • Before you can take the NCLEX, you'll need an Authorization to Test (ATT). To get this, you'll need to apply to the state board of nursing where you want to be licensed. You should complete the state application as soon as you complete the NCLEX application. 
  • Wisconsin Licensure Application (RN and PN Licensure)
    • RN licensure information
    • LPN licensure information
    • If you are a first time RN or Other (LPN) test taker, apply online through OLAS (Online Licensure Application System).  Only new nursing graduates applying by examination whose schools participate in the OLAS are eligible to apply online.  All other applicants must print off, complete, and mail in application materials.
    • When you get to the OLAS page, click on "Help" for the Applicant FAQ and Applicant Manual to answer questions you may have.
    • 1. When you're ready, click on Create an Account, then Self Registration to get started
    • 2. Complete the Profile Information section
    • 3. Under Systems You Will Access, choose OLAS Applicant (Department of Safety & Professional Services) and finish answering the remaining questions to create the account.  When the account has been created, you will then need to go to your email and open the message from DSPS and click on the link to complete the application process.  Students should apply for a single-state license (not a multi-state license).
    • 4. Nursing school:  Northwood Technical College (previously known as Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College)
    • 5. School address:  Shell Lake WI USA (will automatically populate when choosing OLAS Applicant)
    • 6. Graduation or Completion of Program Date:  December 17, 2021
    • 7. Type of Degree/Program:  RN (ADN) or Other (LPN) - completed portion of RN program needed to obtain a certificate of completion in Practical Nursing
    • 8. Pay appropriate fees
    • If this is your first time creating an account with OLAS, please write down your user name, password and/or security question(s) as you will need this information to access the site later.
    • OLAS applications are checked weekly and approved at that time
    • PN-Eligible Milestones will be added to student records in February 2022.  The milestone is not required to be on the transcript to sit for the exam.
  • Minnesota Licensure Application (RN licensure only)
    • Northwood Tech students are not eligible to apply for PN Licensure by Exam in Minnesota.  Please do not Apply for PN Licensure with the MN Board of Nursing as you will NOT receive a refund.  Northwood Tech students are eligible for PN Licensure by Exam in Wisconsin ONLY.
    • Minnesota requires background checks prior to licensure.
    • 1. Complete the online RN Licensure by Examination Application as applicable
    • 2. Name of School of Nursing:  Northwood Technical College (previously known as Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College)
    • 3. Program Code:  RN-US50407200
    • 4. City & State of School of Nursing:  Shell Lake, WI (not campus location)
    • 5. Authorize the release of exam results to school of nursing
    • 6. Graduation/confer Date:  December 17, 2021
    • 7. Pay appropriate fees
    • All Minnesota RN licensure applicants MUST complete the APPLICANT section of the Confirmation of Program Completion for Licensure by Examination (link below) in electronic form and send as an email attachment to Lisa Hall at Do NOT submit this form as a picture taken from your phone as this cannot be submitted to the Board of Nursing.  It must be scanned and emailed as a PDF.  
    • RN - MN Confirmation of Program Completion for Licensure by Examination  You will not receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) until this form has been emailed to Lisa and she submits to MN Board of Nursing.
    • If this is your first time creating an account with MN Board of Nursing, please write down your user name, password and/or security question(s) as you will need this information to access the site later.
    • Forms are submitted weekly to MN Board of Nursing
  •  Other Northwood Tech Graduate Licensure Applicants
    • If you are a Northwood Tech graduate that previously sat for NCLEX, received licensure in another state, and now want to be licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or another state, you should Apply for Licensure via Endorsement.
    • WISCONSIN:  complete the paper application and mail directly to Wi Dept of Safety & Professional Services.  The APPLICANT section of Form #259 WI Statement of Graduation should be completed and emailed as a PDF attachment to Lisa Hall at   
    • MINNESOTA (RN applicants only):  complete the online application. The APPLICANT section of the Minnesota Confirmation of Program Completion should be completed and emailed as a PDF attachment to Lisa Hall at
    • Do NOT submit either the WI or MN form as a picture taken from your phone as this cannot be submitted to the Boards of Nursing.  
    • Your RN confer date or PN Milestone can be found by running an unofficial transcript through MyNorthwoodTech.
    • If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Hall at 
  • Testing Accommodations
    • Testing accommodations for otherwise qualified candidates can be provided only with the authorization of your nursing regulatory body (NRB).  Send your request to your NRB as early as possible so that, if approved, the testing accommodations can be made in a timely manner. Do not schedule an appointment to take the NCLEX until you have received written confirmation of your accommodations and your ATT email listing the granted accommodations.
    • Wisconsin RN Licensure
    • Wisconsin PN Licensure
    • Minnesota Licensure
    • Pearson VUE (click on Download Publication-under 2022 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin-and scroll to Testing Accommodations)
  • Nurse Licensure Compact (multi-state licensure)


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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