Nursing - Associate Degree Requirements & 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 program, Northwood Tech has developed a set of program 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

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Nursing - Associate Degree (pre) Admission Requirements

  • Complete application form and submit with fee (fee waiver may apply if previously submitted)
  • Complete Accuplacer entrance assessment to determine placement (waiver may apply with acceptable alternative test scores and/or postsecondary degree completion); note: required Accuplacer entrance assessment scores for core Nursing coursework are higher than pre-Nursing scores.
  • Complete Northwood Tech pre-ADN Admissions Quiz
  • Review and sign Background Check Disclosure
  • Review and sign Functional Abilities Disclosure
  • Complete admission meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor

Nursing - Associate Degree (core) Program-Specific Requirements

Pre-Nursing students must complete the petition process to be eligible for the core Nursing program. In addition to the requirements above, students in this program must:

  • Complete one year, or one credit, of high school chemistry or one credit of college-level chemistry with a 2.0 or better
  • Complete a Nursing Assistant course with a grade of 2.0 or better
  • Complete priority petition for admission forms:
    • Have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate; current high school seniors must provide both a current high school transcript and a final (official) transcript with confer date
    • Northwood Tech transcripts to verify course completion (priority admission is given to students who have completed the ADN program-required General Studies courses)
    • Review and sign Background Check Disclosure
    • Review and sign Functional Abilities Disclosure
    • Complete and sign Intent to Enroll form
  • Prior to attendance in core Nursing coursework, student must:
    • Submit Background Check fee
    • Have an acceptable Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check, National Criminal Background Check, Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (if applicable), and other states if applicable
    • Pass a physical exam, have current immunizations, and demonstrate negative status for tuberculosis (Tb)
    • COVID vaccination---highly recommended
      • NOTE: Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement or ability to progress in the program if a student is not able to meet the clinical site requirements including but not limited to; influenza vaccine, covid vaccine, negative tb skin test/quantiferon, up to date acceptable background check, or any other clinical requirements required by the clinical site. Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement if the clinical site must be changed due to students inability to meet the site specific requirements. Many sites require the student information 4-6 weeks prior to the clinical start date.
    • Possess current certification of "BLS Basic Life Support" or the equivalent
  • Review and sign Health Sciences Confidentiality Statement
  • Participate in a mandatory program orientation session

2022-23 Nursing-Associate Degree Additional Program Information

Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN)

If you are a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and are interested in becoming a registered nurse (RN), Northwood Tech offers an LPN to RN track. The LPN to RN pathway provides advanced standing from an accredited program for nursing courses in ADN semesters one and two of the Northwood Tech ADN program. Additionally, credits may be transferred from the practical nursing program if the General Studies and/or elective credits were at an associate degree level. Contact the campus admissions advisor for more information.

Nursing - LPN to RN Admission Requirements

  • Complete application form and submit with fee (fee waiver may apply if previously submitted)
  • Complete Accuplacer assessment to determine placement (waiver may apply with acceptable alternative test scores and/or postsecondary degree completion)
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate; current high school seniors must provide both a current high school transcript and a final (official) transcript with confer date
  • Complete one year, or one credit, of high school chemistry or one credit of college-level chemistry with a 2.0 or better
  • Have completed and passed or received transfer credit for the following general education classes: English, Composition 1, General Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Developmental Psychology, and Oral/Interpersonal Communication. NOTE: Intro to Sociology, Intro to Psychology, Microbiology and elective courses are not prerequisite to the progression path, but are strongly recommended for completion prior to entering clinical courses
  • Submit a copy of current, unrestricted active LPN license from U.S. State Boards of Nursing. Applicants without a U.S. issued state board of nursing license will need to apply and obtain a license from the state in which they reside.
  • Submit an official LPN transcript from a program that was accredited at the time of graduation.
  • Send statement of good standing from Dean of Nursing or Nursing Program Director at most recent college attended core (nursing core)
  • Review and sign Background Check Disclosure
  • Review and sign Functional Abilities Disclosure
  • Complete admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Successfully complete the LPN to RN Module
  • Possess current certification of "BLS Basic Life Support" or the equivalent
  • Pass a physical exam, have current immunizations, and demonstrate negative status for tuberculosis (TB)
  • COVID vaccination---highly recommended
    • NOTE: Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement or ability to progress in the program if a student is not able to meet the clinical site requirements including but not limited to; influenza vaccine, covid vaccine, negative tb skin test/quantiferon, up to date acceptable background check, or any other clinical requirements required by the clinical site. Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement if the clinical site must be changed due to students inability to meet the site specific requirements. Many sites require the student information 4-6 weeks prior to the clinical start date.
  • Prior to attendance in core Nursing coursework, student must: 
    • Submit Background Check fee
    • Have an acceptable Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check, National Criminal Background Check, Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (if applicable) and other states if applicable
  • Review and sign Health Sciences Confidentiality Statement

2022-23 LPN to RN Additional Program Information

Nursing - Associate Degree Transfer Student Requirements

Students must have completed at least one transferrable clinical or skills-based nursing course from an accredited ADN program to qualify for transfer into the ADN program at Northwood Tech. There is no time limit for course transferability. If students have not yet entered a clinical or skill based nursing course, they must apply to the generic track of the ADN program. Due to the limited availability of clinical slots for transfer students, transfers are admitted on a space-available basis.

2022-23 Nursing-Associate Degree Program Additional Information-Transfer Track

2022-23 Northwood Tech/UWEC Nursing Alliance

Admission Requirements

All Admissions Requirement items much be submitted together in one packet to the UWEC Nursing Alliance Program Director by the deadline listed on the Intent to Enroll Checklist.

Program-Specific Requirements

Prior to class start you must submit completion of the following items to your program advisor:

  • Complete one year, or one credit, of high school chemistry or one credit of college-level chemistry with a 2.0 (C) or better
  • Complete a Nursing Assistant course with a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher
  • Provide end-of-term official UWEC transcript to verify successful completion of all in- progress courses
  • Participate in a mandatory orientation and complete/submit the following items by the dates provided at the orientation:
    • Background Check fees (to Castle-Branch and/or Student Services for MN Caregiver if applicable)
    • Have an acceptable Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check, National Criminal Background Check, Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (if applicable), and other states if applicable
    • Pass a physical exam, have current immunizations, and demonstrate negative status for tuberculosis (Tb)
    • COVID vaccination---highly recommended
      • NOTE: Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement or ability to progress in the program if a student is not able to meet the clinical site requirements including but not limited to; influenza vaccine, covid vaccine, negative tb skin test/quantiferon, up to date acceptable background check, or any other clinical requirements required by the clinical site. Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement if the clinical site must be changed due to students inability to meet the site specific requirements. Many sites require the student information 4-6 weeks prior to the clinical start date.
    • Possess current certification of "BLS Basic Life Support" or the equivalent
    • Review and sign Health Sciences Confidentiality Statement
    • Complete and sign the Authorization to Release Student Record Information between UWEC and Northwood Tech

2022-23 ADN Priority Petition Process

February 15-22 for Fall Start
September 20-27 for Spring Start

Rationale for the Nursing-Associate Degree (ADN) Program Priority Petition process:

  • Helps ADN students to be successful in the program
  • Helps ensure the most prepared students enter into the rigorous ADN program
  • Allows accepted students to focus exclusively on the core nursing courses

The ADN program consists of the three steps listed below prior to acceptance into the core-ADN program. 

Please note that all 3 steps require students to review, sign, and submit the
Functional Abilities Disclosure and Background Check Disclosure documents listed above.

To get started, click on Step 1 below.

 

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2022-23 ADN Student Handbook

2022-23 Health Sciences & Nursing-Associate Degree Student Policies will be available August 2022.

Fall 2022 Associate Degree Nursing Orientation

Agenda

Student Program Clinical Requirements and SOU

2022-23 Academic Calendar

  • ADN Curriculum Checklist

    • The ADN 2022-23 Curriculum Checklist is to be used as a guide. Although your academic advisor can provide guidance, you are ultimately responsible for selecting courses that meet a program's graduation requirements.

  • Background Checks

    • The clinical agencies that host the Northwood Tech ADN students for clinical courses have significantly increased their demands for background check scrutiny over the past several years. We want to ensure students understand prior to the start of the program that if there are no clinical agencies that will accept the student based on the background check, the student must be excused from the ADN program, regardless of the student's academic standing. This is explained in further detail in the Background Check Disclosure form listed above under Admission Requirements.

    • All ADN students are required to complete a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check, Background Information Disclosure form (BID form), Student ID form, and a National Criminal Background Check through CastleBranch. In addition, if you are a Superior student, you are also required to complete a Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (see below). The steps and documents to complete these background checks will be covered in depth during program orientation. 

      • MN Department of Human Services (DHS) Background Studies

      • The MN Department of Human Services NETStudy 2.0 background study requires all persons who provide services to children and vulnerable adults to be fingerprinted and photographed. 

      • Superior students will be required to enter their information into the MN DHS website and will need to provide Northwood Tech a copy of an Acceptable Form of ID (scroll down to What documents can be used to verify ID?). Northwood Tech staff will be notified when the information has been entered and will generate the Background Study Fingerprint & Photo Authorization document that is sent to the student. Students MUST present a form of ID to be fingerprinted and photographed. Students will be required to pay the $9.50 fee at the fingerprint and photo location. Visit MN DHS/IDEMIA Transition for information on fingerprinting and photo locations.

      • If Ashland, New Richmond, or Rice Lake students are required to attend clinical in Minnesota, they will be informed by their instructor. They will need to complete a MN DHS Data Worksheet, provide a copy of an Acceptable Form of ID, and submit $42 to Northwood Tech. 

      • Within 14 days of receiving the Background Study Fingerprint and Photo Authorization document, students must be fingerprinted and photographed. If not completed within 14 days, the above process and fee payment will need to be repeated. 

      • Background Study Notice of Privacy Practices

    • Your instructor will indicate a due date and to whom the paperwork should be sent. After background checks are completed, students are expected to self report any changes. 

  • Health Form and Directions

    • 1. Complete the Health Form and save it.

    • 2. Follow instructions for submission. 

  • Uniforms and Supplies

    • ADN Uniforms and Supplies Uniforms are available to purchase through your campus bookstore using this order form

    • Name badge can be obtained through your campus Learning Resource Center

  • Orientation Forms (Follow the directions on the Blackboard Orientation course)

    • Functional Abilities Disclosure - listed above under Admission Requirements. Read the functions and initial/sign the page page as described. Submit to instructor by designated due date.

    • Confidentiality Statement

    • Computer Skills Inventory

    • Math Quiz - To be completed as designated by ADN instructor. 

    • Release Form - For release of Audio and Visual materials

  • BLS Basic Life Support Course Offerings

    • Fall 2022 BLS course offerings will be available soon.

  • Additional Information

ADN Reentry Students

2022-23 reentry policies for Nursing-Associate Degree students will will be available August 2022.

Technology Requirements

If using Macintosh or Linux based computers, coursework must be submitted using your Office365 tools provided with your WITC 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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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

715.788.7144

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

715.685.3039

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

715.752.8119

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Superior Admissions Contact

Rachel Lee

Admissions Advisor

715.319.7331

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