Nursing Assistant student.

Nursing Assistant

3-credit Technical Diploma

In the 120-hour Nursing Assistant program, gain proficiency in fundamental nursing assistant skills through lectures, skill demonstration and hands-on practice of skills in a nursing assistant lab. Learn basic nursing assistant tasks needed to care for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities and their own homes. Once these skills are mastered in the classroom, training will be completed in a skilled nursing facility or hospital setting under the supervision of an instructor.

  • Upon successful completion of the WCTC Nursing Assistant program, graduates will be eligible to take the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Competency Examination through CREDENTIA and be placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.
  • The Nursing Assistant program is a WCTC Pathway into the Nursing – Associate Degree program.
  • Effective 8/21/14, Nursing Assistant students must be 16 years old by the first day of their class.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $27,567

Program Code 30-543-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-300 Nursing Assistant3  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Competency Testing (State Exam) – Becoming a CNA

  • As of January 2003, the Department of Health Services requires that all candidates who complete a nursing assistant training program have mandatory competency testing before they can be placed on the nurse aide registry. This means that after you finish your program here, you will have to fill out an application and make arrangements to take the competency test.

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

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

543-300 Nursing Assistant 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

There are currently no program specific college credit agreements for Nursing Assistant. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

General Agreements

There are currently no general college credit agreements for Nursing Assistant. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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.