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 Getting Started: Program and Certificate Application Checklist


Use NWTC's Passport to Success or follow the below steps to get started!



We offer 100+ associate degree and technical diploma programs and 80+ certificates.

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Get Started

If you haven't applied to NWTC yet, attend one of our Getting Started Sessions! We will:

  • Talk about the admissions process, both pre-program and program
  • Guide you with what's necessary to apply and meet requirements
  • Direct you as how to get started with your financial aid application
  • Provide you a college tour! See the areas of the programs you are interested in!



Learn the Program Requirements

Most programs only require a transcript and testing for acceptance; however, some programs also require courses to be completed too.

  Check out the admissions requirements by program!




Apply online now! New students will be required to create a new account. Existing students can log in and click Apply to Program or Certificate.

  • Students who have, at least, entered their senior year of high school or beyond may apply.
  • Start applying a year in advance! Monday after Labor Day for upcoming summer and fall semesters or January 1 for next year's spring semester.
  • A one-time nonrefundable $30 application fee is required from all first time program applicants.
  • A one-time nonrefundable $10 application fee is required from all first time certificate applicants.
  • A $10 application processing fee will be required for all paper applications. 


What programs are accepting applications now?

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Need application assistance? Visit any Campus or Regional Learning Center and a staff member will help you apply!

Get to know your Admission Specialist



Pay for College

NWTC has a variety of resources available to make college affordable. Check out many options for funding!

If you plan on applying for financial aid, visit our Financial Aid Webpage.


Submit your Transcripts & Check if you need additional Admission Forms

Have your high school send your official transcript, showing your grades & graduation date, to NWTC Admissions.

Current high school students, send an in-progress copy now, and a final copy after graduation.

Home-school students, please submit a transcript with course titles, final grades, & graduation date.

High School equivalents: We also accept HSED, GED®, or college transcripts. View acceptable High School Transcript equivalents 

Does you program require additional admission forms?

 Some programs require forms before starting classes or clinicals. Admissions will contact you if forms are needed for your program.

  You can access additional admission forms by clicking here.


Complete your Assessment

NWTC gives the Accuplacer for program entry. We also accept ACT, TABE Level A, Compass or Asset scores. If you took your test through NWTC or a district high school, we will have your scores. Send scores from other colleges to NWTC Admissions.

Test scores are valid for five years from the date of application

Attend New Student Registration

Upon acceptance you will be required to attend a New Student Registration Session.

The purpose of New Student Registration is to help you learn what it means to be a successful student, to help you become aware of the services available to you at NWTC, and to give you the tools you need to register for your first semester of courses. Find out more!



​​Attend Welcome Week and your Program Orientation

Your success as an NWTC student starts with Welcome Week!

During your Welcome Week session you’ll learn how to find your classrooms, how to purchase books, where to park, and what college resources are available. You will also attend a program orientation session with your instructors to get more specific information about your chosen career path and what you’ll need to get started with your classes. View Welcome Week Sessions!



​**Watch your email for updates regarding your application. Once you are accepted you will be emailed the next steps to get enrolled!**


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Have more questions? Don't hesitate to contact Admissions with any questions along the way!