Nursing-Associate Degree Admission Requirements

Nursing-Associate Degree

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 70.00


Admission Requirements



Western accepts COMPASS, ASSET or ACT –Testing may be waived with applicable post-secondary credits. There is a $20 fee for this assessment (fee subject to change). If you have taken the ACT, ASSET or COMPASS within the last five years, you can request that your scores be submitted to Western. The testing requirements are:

Assessment Area ACT ASSET COMPASS
English 19 45 75
Reading 20 44 84
Math/Numerical/Pre-Algebra 19 44 58

The following requirements must be completed in order to qualify for acceptance to the Nursing program:

  • Completed WTCS application form (to include High School Transcript or recognized equivalency.) (Fee charged)
  • Read program essential functions
  • Read online program overview
  • Completion of General Anatomy and Physiology #10-806-177 with a C or better.
  • Completed intent to enroll form
  • Completed one year of high school chemistry, or college chemistry, or developmental chemistry, and high school biology or developmental biology with C or better is a pre-requisite for anyone taking General Anatomy and Physiology. (Refer to program curriculum) There is no time limit on these credits.
  • Completion of a Wisconsin Department of Health Services approved Nursing Assistant course. This requires a minimum of 120 hours of instruction and must include a clinical component. It is recommended that you work as a nursing assistant. You will be expected to know the basic patient care skills of bathing, transferring, positioning and feeding when you enter the Semester I Nursing Introduction to Clinical Practice (543-104). Lack of these skills may interfere with your progress in Semester I Nursing Introduction to Clinical Practice (543-104).
  • SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE ON THE DESIGNATED NURSING PRE-ADMISSION EXAMINATION . Do not take this test until you have completed the placement testing requirements.
  • You are required to take a placement test and meet the set scores unless the following applies:
    If you have a bachelors or masters degree, you are not required to take placement tests.
    If you have successfully completed (C grade or better) college level Written Communication or beginning Composition, you are not required to take the Writing placement test.
    If you have successfully completed (C grade or better) college level Introduction to College Math, you are not required to take the Math placement test.

Testing is available in La Crosse at the Western Technical College Campus Assessment Center or at the Regional Learning Center sites in Independence, Black River Falls, Tomah, Mauston, or Viroqua. If you take a placement test at another location, you must request that your scores be sent to Western.

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