Southwest Tech is now accepting applications in Nursing for fall 2017-18 school year.
The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to work successfully as registered nurses (RN) and function with judgment and technical competence when providing care for patients. The program offers classroom discussion, independent learning projects, labs, and hands-on clinical experiences in area healthcare agencies. Our well-rounded curriculum features state-of-the-art technology, including adult, pediatric, and obstetric simulators. Students are eligible to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses after completion of all 70 credits in the program.
Is This Program 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.
Elective credits must be Associate Degree level courses and cannot be Fundamentals of Chemistry or Nursing Assistant.
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.
Admission and Program Requirements
Submit Application and $30 Application Fee Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809 HESI Exam: schedule and pay for HESI by calling 608.822.2313 or by going to https://www.swtc.edu/placement-testing Nursing Assistant: submit transcript showing successful completion of the Nursing Assistant course Chemistry Coursework: submit transcripts showing two semesters of High School Chemistry with a 'C' or higher * OR * one semester of College Chemistry with a 'C' or higher Admissions Meeting: schedule by calling Student Services at 608.822.2354 Helpful Academic Background
Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics
Customer and Personal Service
This program is eligible for
Financial Aid. Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
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:
Extended care facilities
Home health care
UW Collaborative Nursing Degree Program and other private BSN completion programs are available.
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our
Credit for Prior Learning page. Nursing - Associate Degree Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
(Demonstration) Challenge Exam
10-543-101 Nursing Fundamentals X LPN License* 10-543-102 Nursing Skills X LPN License* 10-543-104 Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice X LPN License* 10-543-105 Nursing Health Alterations X LPN License* 10-543-106 Nursing Health Promotion X LPN License* 10-543-107 Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan X LPN License* 10-543-108 Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt X LPN License* 10-801-195 Written Communication X College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method.
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication X 10-809-188 Developmental Psychology X CLEP Test - Human Growth and Development 10-809-196 Intro to Sociology X 10-809-198 Intro to Psychology X CLEP Test - Introduction to Psychology Accreditation Status
The Southwest Tech Nursing program is accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000 (Voice), 404.975.5020 (Fax).