Nursing | Western Technical College


Associate Degree

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Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring, Summer

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.

The Nursing program uses a Petition Process to determine acceptance into the core Nursing courses. Read the information in the Admissions Requirements section below, or visit the Nursing Petition Requirements page for details.

To view the Nursing program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost


This program will cost about $10,700* 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 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding29
Employed in Related Occupation27
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education2
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week3241
Median Hourly Wage$31.20 $31.13
Hourly Wage Range$27.60-$34.00$16.16-$36.50
Median Annual Salary$36,000$62,485

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Director of Nursing, Inpatient RN, MDS/Wound Nurse, Nurse, Registered Nurse, RN

Career Opportunities

Registered Nurse

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • 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 or GED/HSED Transcript

Additional Requirements

Once you have been admitted to the college and accepted as a Nursing Pre-Major student, your next step is to complete the Nursing Associate Degree Petition Requirements.

Nursing Petition Requirements

If COVID vaccines are required by a clinical partner, you will be notified.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.


The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Western Technical College located in La Crosse Wisconsin is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program at Western Technical College is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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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 (last names A-L)
College Advisor

Stacey Nelson (last names M-Z)
College 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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