Is This Occupation for You?
Nurses must work well under pressure, and they typically enjoy math, science, communications, and problem solving. If you are independent, compassionate, and are committed to helping people, you may find nursing to be very rewarding.
Students entering the Nursing program should:
- Have good reading and comprehension skills.
- Be in good physical and emotional health.
- Be flexible, adaptable, and enjoy working with people.
- Be self-confident, independent, and a self-directed learner.
- Meet Wisconsin Caregiver Law requirements.
- Day, evening/weekend and online classes available.
- Financial aid available to those that qualify.
- August program start date; however, some classes available in January.
- May take some courses immediately upon program acceptance.
- Students must achieve a grade of a C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress.
- Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program.
- The LPN entering into Associate Degree Nursing will take General Anatomy & Physiology and Advanced Anatomy & Physiology prior to entering the second year of the curriculum.
- Sign off as qualified in Functional Abilities for Nursing after acceptance to the program and prior to first clinical.
- LPN seeking progression track admission must submit a copy of current Wisconsin licensure as a LPN.
Prior to enrollment in Introduction to Clinical, students must:
- Complete a physical exam, provide documentation of a recent two-step TB Skin Test , and meet all health requirements as approved by the College Health Educator. Students are responsible for ALL costs associated with meeting these requirements.
- Complete Background Information Disclosure BID (costs paid by the student)
- Complete Emergency Care Course.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and quality care.
- Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and non-verbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.
- Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision making.
- Provide patient centered care under supervision by participating in the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings.
- Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the health care team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness of processes and protocols.
- Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective care throughout the lifespan.
- Use information technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision making.
Opportunities include working in:
- Physicians' clinics
- Nursing homes
- Extended care facilities
- Home health care
- Wellness centers
Articulation with UW Collaborative Nursing Degree Program and other private BSN completion programs are available.