Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma

Program Code: 305431

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.

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

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

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Getting Started:
  • * Requirements for program entry must be completed prior to start of the program.
  • * Submit clinical requirements. A fee is charged for this service. Details can be found on admission checklist.
  • For instructions on how to get started, download the application checklist for this program.
  • If you are under the age of 18 when the Nursing Assistant class begins, complete this packet.

Application Checklist

If you will be under the age of 18 when the Nursing Assistant class begins, complete this packet.EXCLUDEEND
Curriculum: 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 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.
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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.

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to purchase a nametag and 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.

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 AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. 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. 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.


  • 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.