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Nursing Assistant Program Code 305431

Technical Diploma

This program is not eligible for financial aid.

The Nursing Assistant program prepares students for employment as nursing assistants. The program also prepares Nursing Assistant students with some of the skills needed for the first semester of the Nursing program. During the 120 hour course, students will be required to demonstrate the following skills under the supervision of a licensed nurse: communication, basic nursing assistant and personal care skills, attention to client’s rights; and care of clients with dementias. The program is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as a nurse-aide training program. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the Wisconsin Nursing Assistant competency evaluation for employment in nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, CBRF's, assisted living centers and homes for the developmentally disabled.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Nursing Assistant: performs basic nursing tasks under the supervision and direction of the Registered Nurse in a nursing home, home health environment, or hospital setting.


. All textbook and Blackboard™ assignments must be completed before attending clinical.
. Class requirements include work on the Internet. Access to high speed Internet is highly recommended.
. This course is completed within six to eight weeks and will meet at least one to two days a week.
. Classroom and clinical attendance is mandatory. Any missed classroom and clinical hours must be made up.

Program Outcomes

. Apply for competency testing to be placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.
. Obtain employment as a Nursing Assistant.
. Display behavior which supports and promotes residents' rights.
. Perform basic nursing/personal care skills.
. Assist residents in attaining and maintaining independence.
. Interact effectively with residents experiencing dementias.
. Interact on a one-to-one-basis with residents, with sensitivity to their emotional, social, and mental health.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Be at least 16 years old.
. Push, pull, lift, and/or support up to 50 pounds of weight.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to purchase a nametag, gait belt, and uniform, pay for liability insurance, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances to meet clinical requirements.

Requirements for Program Application

. NWTC requires an entrance skill inventory for all program students.
. Requirements for program entry must be completed prior to the start of the program.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Reading Comprehension, 55. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks are encouraged to contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Submit clinical requirements. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.
. Prior to registering for class, meeting Functional Abilities Inventory requirements (accessible at
. Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.


The Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma is a 120-hour program that includes skill pre-work, lecture, lab and clinical. Upon graduation, a student will have completed three credits. Orientation will take place during the first class.


30-543-300 Nursing Assistant



These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

30-543-300 NURSING ASSISTANT...basic nursing/personal care skills, principles of communication skills, resident rights and team work with other care givers under the supervision of a licensed nurse. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Nursing Assistant program. Call 1-888-385-6982, ext. 7159 or go to for directions.)

Nursing Assistant at a local retirement home (CNA)