Nursing

70-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Nurses are a critical link in the healthcare industry. They work side by side with physicians, serving as caregivers, educators and patient advocates and in many other capacities. Their responsibilities vary in scope based on training and practice, and the field will evolve as technology continues to expand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the field of nursing is expected to grow 26 percent by 2020 - faster than the average for all occupations.

By integrating the art of nursing with bio-psychological science courses, the associate degree program is preparation for the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse. After licensure, graduates will be ready for employment in many aspects of the healthcare industry including hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities. After completing the second semester of core/technical nursing courses, prepare to take the Practical Nursing (PN) Licensure exam and work as a LPN while continuing nursing studies.

  • Prepare for jobs such as registered nurse, staff nurse, school nurse or labor and delivery nurse, among other specialties.
  • Priority is given to WCTC District residents for admission to the Nursing program. If space remains, non-district residents may apply to the program. Please note the program's early application deadlines.
  • Nursing program enrollment is only open October 1 through December 15 annually.
  • Training as a nursing assistant and certification in Healthcare Provider CPR is required before entry into Nursing core classes.
  • Select credits transfer to all Wisconsin public universities offering Bachelor of Science-Nursing degree programs, often at junior-level standing.
  • Human Patient Simulator Lab provides realistic, scenario-based clinical practice in a high-tech learning environment.
  • Nursing Skills Open Lab provides opportunities to practice a variety of hands-on nursing skills.
  • Strong employer partnerships translate to over 100 area clinical sites.
  • All ADN and BSN nursing graduates take the same national licensing exam (NCLEX) before they can work as a Registered Nurse. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing looks at two-year averages for first-time pass rates. WCTC maintains one of the highest first-time pass rates in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • NCLEX pass rates for WCTC nursing graduates from 2009-2014:

    2011-2013

    First Time Candidates: 189
    Number Passing: 185
    Passing Mean: 97.88%
    National Passing Mean: 87.09%

    2010-2012

    First Time Candidates: 173
    Number Passing: 162
    Passing Mean: 93.64%
    National Passing Mean: 88.23%

    2009-2011

    First Time Candidates: 177
    Number Passing: 162
    Passing Mean: 91.53%
    National Passing Mean: 87.59%

    2012-2014 is still in progress.

  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $43,000-$67,000
    • Average Salary: $52,057
    • Median Salary: $50,193
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $52,367
    • Average Hourly Wage: $25.85
    • Three-year Average Salary: $50,518

Accredited by

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
E-mail: info@acenursing.org

Required Courses

Required General Education Coursework

 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology4  
 809-188 Developmental Psychology3  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 806-179 Adv Anatomy & Physiology4  
 806-197 Microbiology4  
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+ 
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+ 
 Elective 3  
 Elective 2  
 
Total Credits
32
  
 

Technical Core/Clinical Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-101 Nursing Fundamentals2  
 543-102 Nursing Skills3  
 543-103 Nursing Pharmacology2  
 543-104 Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice2  
 
Total Semester Credits
9
  
 
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-105 Nursing Health Alterations3  
 543-106 Nursing Health Promotion3  
 543-107 Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan2  
 543-108 Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt2  
 
Total Semester Credits
10
  
 
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-109 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 13  
 543-110 Nsg: Mental Health Comm Con2  
 543-111 Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice3  
 543-112 Nursing Advanced Skills1  
 
Total Semester Credits
9
  
 
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-113 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 23  
 543-114 Nsg: Mgt & Profess Concepts2  
 543-115 Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice3  
 543-116 Nursing Clinical Transition2  
 
Total Semester Credits
10
  
 
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for Nursing - Associate Degree. For more information, contact your academic advisor.


Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Alverno CollegeBSN Completion70
Bellevue UniversityBSN Completion70
Capella UniversityBSN Completion70
Cardinal StritchBSN Completion70
Carroll UniversityBSN Completion64
Concordia UniversityBSN-MSNup to 90
Franklin UniversityBSN Completion70
Grand Canyon UniversityBSN Completion70
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 58
Kaplan UniversityBSN CompletionJunior Standing
Marian UniversityBSN-MSN70
U of PhoenixBSN Completion70
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Eau ClaireBSN CompletionMinimum of 60
UW-Green BayBSN CompletionMinimum of 60
UW-MadisonBSN CompletionMinimum of 60
UW-MilwaukeeBSN CompletionMinimum of 60
UW-OshkoshBSN CompletionMinimum of 60

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Patricia Ann Burke

Patricia Ann Burke

Phone: 262.691.5192

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MS -- Community Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Certifications

  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensures

  • Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber, State of Wisconsin
  • Registered Nurse, State of Wisconsin

Teaching Philosophy

"My desire is to create conversation in the classroom and supervision in the clinical area to foster the development of nurses who can critically think and effectively care for diverse patient populations in a wide variety of settings."

Program instructor, Beth Connell-Weiand

Beth Connell-Weiand

Phone: 262.691.5476

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MSHA, Cardinal Stritch University
  • MSN -- Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Adult, Marquette University
Program instructor, Erika Derbyshire

Erika Derbyshire

Phone: 262.691.5165

Education

  • MSN, Villanova University

Teaching Philosophy

"In that students have diverse, individualized learning needs, I provide instruction based on the three domains while using teaching strategies that address multiple styles of learning. I believe that creating individual learning contracts with my students results in increased success and fosters a collaborative environment."

Program instructor, Cynthia M. Dunbar

Cynthia Dunbar

Phone: 262.691.5165

Education

  • BS, Marquette University
  • MSN, Marquette University

Areas of expertise

  • Medical surgical nursing

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe that students learn best when they are fully engaged in the process, actively seek out new learning and have clear goals for the future."

Program instructor, Carla Foley

Carla Foley

Phone: 262.691.5474

Education

  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Certifications

  • Adult Education Certificate
  • Advance Practice Nurse
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Program instructor, Donna Goelz

Donna Goelz

Phone: 262.691.5473

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MSN--Nursing Education, Grand Canyon University

Teaching Philosophy

"Develop skills, foster critical thinking and encourage lifelong learning in the field of nursing."

Nursing instructor, Anna Golembiewski

Anna Golembiewski

Phone: 262.691.5473

Education

  • Diploma RN, Milwaukee County Medical Complex School of Nursing
  • BSN, Marquette University
  • MSN, Marquette University

Certifications

  • Adult Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensures

  • Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber, State of Wisconsin
  • Registered Nurse, State of Wisconsin

Teaching Philosophy

"My goal is to act as a mentor, facilitator and role model for students, and to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for competent nursing practice while also fostering personal and professional growth to bring compassion and the highest standard of care to every patient situation."

Program instructor, Kara Groom

Kara Groom

Phone: 262.691.5182

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • BS -- Business Economics, Marquette University
  • MSN, Marquette University

Teaching Philosophy

"I teach to share the passion and joy I have experienced as a professional nurse and my teaching style is active and energetic, recognizing that both are skills needed in professional nursing practice."

Cindy Grover

Phone: 262.691.5331

Program instructor, Shelby Harbeck

Shelby Harbeck

Phone: 262.691.5467

Education

  • RN Diploma, Columbia Hospital School of Nursing
  • BSN, Carroll - Columbia College of Nursing
  • MSN, University of Phoenix – On-Line Program

Certifications

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor American Heart Association
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor American Heart Association

Teaching Philosophy

"I bring a solid clinical background and strong work ethic to my role as a nursing educator. I believe education is a two- way responsibility where students come prepared to class and clinical ready to learn and provide safe care; while I help create an environment that stimulates critical thinking, encouraging students to become strong patient advocates. I hope to instill a passion for lifelong learning."

Linda Haut

Phone: 262.691.5520

Education

  • MSN -- Community Health Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Post-masters credits in Education and Nursing History, Marquette University

Certifications

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nursing instructor, Jennifer Krueger

Jennifer Krueger

Phone: 262.691.5182

Education

  • ADN, Moraine Park Technical College
  • BSN, Alverno College
  • MSN, Alverno College

Teaching Philosophy

“"As an instructor, I strive to create an environment that is student-centered, allowing students to explore the science and art of nursing through safe and challenging learning opportunities. I am passionate about their successes, ensuring they evolve from students to safe and competent entry-level nurses."

Program instructor, Jan LaDue

Jan Ladue

Phone: 262.691.5477

Education

  • ADN, Waukesha County Technical College
  • BSN, Alverno College
  • MSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching Philosophy

"As a 1984 graduate of WCTC, I truly value the excellent hands-on opportunities that we provide to our students."

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Donna Leone

Phone: 262.691.5469

Education

  • ADN, Gateway Technical College
  • BSN, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • MSN, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Expertise

  • Obstetrics, newborn, diabetes

Teaching Philosophy

"My goal is to act as a mentor, facilitator and role model for students, and to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for competent nursing practice while also fostering personal and professional growth to bring compassion and the highest standard of care to every patient situation."

Program instructor, Michele Nelson

Michele Nelson

Phone: 262.691.5469

Education

  • MSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Certifications

  • MS
  • BSN

Teaching Philosophy

"Student learning can occur in a variety of ways, so as a nursing instructor, I think it’s important to model professional values, caring for patients as a loved one and respectful communication."

Program instructor, Dorie Nielson

Dorie Nielson

Phone: 262.691.5548

Education

  • Diploma Degree in Nursing, St Joseph’s Mercy School of Nursing
  • BSN, Marian University
  • MSN, Marian University

Certifications

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses -- Critical Care RN (CCRN) advanced certification

Teaching Philosophy

"Working with individual students I utilize multiple learning styles, using stories to reinforce learning, to assist students in integrating complex information enabling them to grow and be successful in their chosen role while nurturing the concept of lifelong learning."

Program instructor, Leanne Pahl-Jakab

Leanne Pahl-Jakab

Phone: 262.691.5192

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Chapel Hill-Chapel Hill, N.C.

Certifications

  • ANCC-Family Nurse Practitioner

Teaching Philosophy

"My goal in nursing education is to help ensure student learning and success in field of nursing."

Program instructor, Jeannine Petit

Jeannine Petit

Phone: 262.691.5467

Education

  • BSN, Fitchburg State College
  • MSN, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Nurse Practitioner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Diploma in Veterinary Assistance

Certifications

  • Five-year teaching certification
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Neuroscience Nurse

Teaching Philosophy

"My goal of education is to provide a learning environment, through various teaching methods and the sharing of nursing experience, which instills in the student an appreciation of the beauty of the art and the rigors of the science of nursing."

Program instructor, Christine Piper

Christine Piper

Phone: 262.691.5477

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MSN – Nurse Educator, Alverno College

Certifications

  • Certified Pediatric Nurse

Teaching Philosophy

"In today's society of changing health care, it is vital to empower future nurses with the knowledge and skill set they need to be competent healthcare providers while encouraging independent critical thinking skills."

Program instructor, Annette O'Leary Quinn

Annette O'Leary Quinn

Phone: 262.691.5165

Education

  • BSN, Marquette University
  • MSN, Boston College

Certifications

  • Certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber in women’s health
Program instructor, Barbara Reimer

Barbara Reimer

Phone: 262.691.5532

Education

  • Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing, diploma RN
  • BSN, Alverno College
  • MSN, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Certifications

  • Wisconsin Technical College System Teaching Certification

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy of teaching is linked to my belief that each student is a unique individual with diverse and complex attributes, and my role as a nursing instructor is to assist students in integrating and synthesizing nursing knowledge so that each student becomes a safe, caring, entry-level nurse who has self-awareness, a desire for lifelong learning, who feels empowered, and who is capable of facilitating positive change in themselves, in nursing, and in health care."

Program instructor, Judy Sabel

Judy Sabel

Phone: 262.691.5516

Education

  • BSN, Marquette University
  • MSN, Alverno College

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult cardiac and respiratory care

Teaching Philosophy

"As a nurse instructor I aspire to create a learning environment that is accepting and respectful of all students. This environment is collaborative, reflective and promotes problem-solving skills, which are critical to the nursing profession."

Program instructor, Scott Schutten

Scott Schutten

Phone: 262.691.5520

Education

  • ADN, MATC
  • BSN, Marquette University
  • MSN, Marquette University

Certifications

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified

Teaching Philosophy

"My teaching philosophy is a student-centered approach."

Program instructor, Catherine Smet

Catherine Smet

Phone: 262.691.3415

Education

  • MSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Certifications

  • Family Practice Nurse Practitioner

Teaching Philosophy

"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to open doors to health care for students and to help mentor them to reach their full potential."

Program instructor, Julie Ann Sommer

Julie Ann Sommer

Phone: 262.691.5473

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • MSN, Marquette University

Certifications

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health
  • Advanced Care Planning

Teaching Philosophy

"I enjoy using technology to advance the student nurses knowledge."

Program instructor, Patricia M. Stroupe

Patricia Stroupe

Phone: 262.691.5474

Education

  • BSN, Viterbo University
  • MSN – Nursing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy as a nursing instructor is to be a facilitator to help students learn the role of the professional nurse and to help students be empathetic caregivers in the local community."

Program instructor, Margaret M. Tomansky

Margaret M. Tomansky

Phone: 262.691.5476

Education

  • BSN, Marquette University
  • MSN, Marquette University

Teaching Philosophy

"My goal is to create a student learning environment that encourages students to integrate and apply concepts not only in written assessments but in the participation of nursing care with patient s in actual clinical settings. This requires a two-way plan in which students come to class prepared to learn and I provide an interactive environment to engage students in the learning process."

Program instructor, Linde Wolfgram

Linde JB Wolfgram

Phone: 262.691.5548

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • MSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching Philosophy

"Help identify and develop the strengths of the adult learner and promote safety, quality, evidence base practice and life-long learning in the WCTC nursing student."