Associate of Applied Science

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As a registered nurse (RN), you will be at the heart of a team dedicated to excellence in managing and delivering healthcare. This program provides the skills to integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology into your clinical decision making. You will learn to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and mobilize resources to promote, maintain, and restore health. Critical thinking and problem solving using the nursing process are emphasized, preparing you for a leadership role. The practice of nursing includes adherence to established professional standards—consistently demonstrating caring, respect, and cultural sensitivity. There is a strong demand for nurses, in a wide variety of care settings.

All registered nurses are required to take a national exam to obtain a license to practice. Compared with all programs nationwide, Western graduates have been consistently successful in passing the exam.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost


This program will cost about $10,400* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Nursing 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding78
Employed in Related Occupation49
Employed in Non-related Occupations3
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education26
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2842
Median Hourly Wage$27.50 $26.40
Hourly Wage Range$11.64 - $33.92$16.50 - $30.01
Median Annual Salary$43,980.56 $54,381.60

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • CNA; Gundersen Tri-County Hospital, Whitehall, WI
  • CNA; Trempealeau County Health Care Center, Whitehall, WI
  • CNA; Winona Health, Winona, MN
  • Critical Care Tech; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • LPN; Bethany Lutheran Homes, La Crosse, WI
  • LPN; Dove Health Care, Osseo, WI
  • LPN; Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tomah, WI
  • Personal Care Technician; Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta, WI
  • RN - Operating Room; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • RN; Bethel Home & Services, Viroqua, WI
  • RN; Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, WI
  • RN; Cedar Care, Appleton, WI
  • RN; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI (10)
  • RN; Hendrick Health System, Abilene, TX
  • RN; Mayo Clinic Health System, Rochester, MN (2)
  • RN; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • RN; Mayo Clinic Health System, Barron, WI
  • RN; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI (4)
  • RN; Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, WI (2)
  • RN; Morrow Community Home, Sparta, WI
  • RN; Mercy Medical Center, New Hampton, IA
  • RN; Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, WI
  • RN; Neighbors of Dunn County, Menomonie, WI
  • RN; Northern Nursing Home, Westby, WI
  • RN; Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tomah, WI
  • RN; Tomah VA, Tomah, WI (3)
  • RN; Vernon Memorial Healthcare, Viroqua, WI

Career Opportunities

Registered Nurse

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • 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 nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision making
  • Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Nursing program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and Tiered Admission process, and complete a background check, immunizations, and CPR.  You can find a link to these documents below.  In addition, you must complete General Anatomy and Physiology and its prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better, complete a Wisconsin Department of Health Services-approved Nursing Assistant course, and demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Nursing TEAS V Pre-Admission Examination.  The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.


The Nursing program is approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing and accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

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Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:

Program Contact

Deb Kaiser
Enrollment Services Advisor

Stacey Nelson
Enrollment Services Advisor

Transfer Agreements

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Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.


Career Pathways

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