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Nursing Assistant - Technical Diploma

Nursing Assistant program graduates are eligible for employment in a variety of settings which could include an acute care hospital, long-term care/rehab facility, or home health agency. As a member of the health care team, the nursing assistant provides personal and daily care to clients who need assistance. Why choose the Nursing Assistant program at NWTC? Success--NWTC Nursing Assistant graduates competency exam pass rate is above the State of Wisconsin average pass rates. Quality--many students are offered employment during their clinical experience. Expertise--The Nursing Assistant faculty all have extensive work experience in taking care of elderly clients. The Nursing Assistant program is approved by the Office of Caregiver Quality within the Division of Quality Assurance as part of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Program Code: 305431
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Area of Study: Health Sciences

Program Costs & Financial Aid

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Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

Follow Your Path

All credits in this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s) as a program entry requirement:

Nursing - Associate Degree, 105431


  • Day
  • Evening
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Weekend

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • For instructions on how to get started, download the application checklist for this program.

Application Checklist

What are my courses?


The Nursing Assistant program prepares students for employment as nursing assistants. The program also prepares students for other health-related programs. 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 inclusion on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry and employment in nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, CBRF's, assisted living centers and homes for the developmentally disabled.

Total Credits 3
  • Curriculum Note: This course must be passed with an 80% or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively with clients, family, and co-workers.
  • Protect rights of clients.
  • Demonstrate ethical and legal responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Provide holistic, safe care to diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate reporting and documentation.
  • Assists clients with rehabilitation and restorative care.
  • Provide safe care for clients with acute and chronic health conditions.
  • Complete educational requirements for the WI NA competency evaluation.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 45% in field


Median Starting Salary

Source: NWTC Graduate Outcome Survey

Employment Potential

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

  • Nursing Home
  • Home Health Environment
  • Hospital Setting
  • Assisted Living
  • CBRFs
  • Hospice

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • Class requirements include work on the Internet. Access to high speed Internet is highly recommended. Laptops are available to use during class, if you do not have access to a computer or the internet, please contact your instructor.
  • You must attend EVERY classroom and clinical session per class schedule.
  • Bring photo ID to first class session.

Clinical Experience

  • Students will be required to purchase a uniform, 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.
  • All clinical arrangements will be facilitated by NWTC staff and/or faculty.

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 www.viewpointscreening.com/nwtc AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry and/or clinical, practicum, field experience. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Please review your entry/admission checklist. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical, practicum, or field experience site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum/field experience placement or guarantee graduation.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.