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 $10,300* 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 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding54
Employed in Related Occupation49
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education2
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2738
Median Hourly Wage$25.88 $26.00
Hourly Wage Range$15.34 - $30.00$18.23 - $33.00
Median Annual Salary$39,013.00 $49,219.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • LPN; Morrow Home Community, Sparta, WI
  • Nursing Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • RN; Unknown (2)
  • RN; Advanced Pain Management, Madison, WI
  • RN; Benedictine Living Community, La Crosse, WI
  • RN; Bethany Lutheran Homes, La Crosse, WI
  • RN; Black River Falls Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, WI (3)
  • RN; Chosen Valley Care Center, Chatfield, MN
  • RN; Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
  • RN; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI (10)
  • RN; Hillview Health Care, La Crosse, WI
  • RN; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI (4)
  • RN; Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, WI
  • RN; Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem, WI (2)
  • RN; Nancy Long Henry, Greensburg, WI
  • RN; Norseland Nursing Home, Westby, WI
  • RN; Onalaska Care Center, Onalaska, WI
  • RN; Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Reedsburg, WI
  • RN; Richland Hospital Inc., Richland Center, WI
  • RN; Saint Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN
  • RN; Sumner Regional Medical Center, Wellington, KS
  • RN; Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tomah, WI
  • RN; Vernon Memorial Healthcare, Viroqua, WI
  • RN; Wellington Place, Decorah, IA
  • RN; Western Wisconsin Cares, La Crosse, WI
  • RN; WI Dept. of Corrections - New Lisbon Correctional Institute, New Lisbon, 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

Program Specific Requirements


ACT: 19


ACT: 20


ACT: 19
Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Nursing program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions.  You can find a link to this document 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.  Please see the details below. The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.

  • Nursing Essential Functions
  • General Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisites
  • One year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Biology
  • One year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Chemistry
  • General Anatomy and Physiology (10806177)
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services-approved Nursing Assistant Course
    (Note: This requires a minimum of 120 hours of instruction and must include a clinical component.)
  • Nursing ATI TEAS Pre-Admission Examination
    (Note: Do not take this test until you have completed the placement testing requirements for the College.)
  • Contact the Welcome Center to make an appointment with a Health & Public Safety Enrollment Services Advisor to complete your Intent to Enroll form.


This program is approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing and accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020, email:, website:

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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

Sally Davis
Program Chair, Nursing

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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