Nursing Assistant

Technical Diploma

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Turn your interest in helping people into a meaningful career. As a nursing assistant, you will directly provide care to patients in hospital, long-term care, or adult day care settings. The program includes a combination of classroom and laboratory activities and hands-on clinical experience in a long-term care facility. You will receive training in communication skills, both oral and written, personal care, basic nursing skills, assisting people in maintaining independence, promoting rehabilitation, and caring for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services as a Nursing Assistant Training program. Students are required by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to take the Nursing Assistant Registry Exam if they desire employment in a federally-funded health care facility (one that accepts Medicare and Medicaid patients).

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Nursing Assistant

This program will cost about $500* 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 Assistant 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding272
Employed in Related Occupation63
Employed in Non-related Occupations26
Seeking Employment12
Continuing Education166
Not in Labor Market5

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2039
Median Hourly Wage$12.01 $12.25
Hourly Wage Range$9.20 - $15.76$10.25 - $15.00
Median Annual Salary$12,542.00 $23,164.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Caregiver; Comfort Keepers, La Crosse, WI
  • Caregiver; Home Instead Senior Care, La Crosse, WI
  • Certified Medical Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • CNA; Unknown
  • CNA; , Tomah, WI
  • CNA; Aase Haugen Homes In, Decorah, IA
  • CNA; Benedictine Living Community, La Crosse, WI (2)
  • CNA; Bethany Lutheran Homes, La Crosse, WI (2)
  • CNA; Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, La Crosse, WI (3)
  • CNA; Bethel Home & Services, Viroqua, WI (4)
  • CNA; Black River Falls Family, Black River Falls, WI
  • CNA; Brookdale La Crosse - Assisted Living, La Crosse, WI
  • CNA; Clara House, La Crescent, MN
  • CNA; Clare Bridge of La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
  • CNA; Golden Living Centers, La Crescent, MN
  • CNA; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI (4)
  • CNA; Heritage Manor, Elroy, WI
  • CNA; Hillview Health Care, La Crosse, WI (2)
  • CNA; Lakeview Health Center, West Salem, WI (2)
  • CNA; Liberty Village Assisted Living, Tomah, WI
  • CNA; Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, WI
  • CNA; Morrow Home Community, Sparta, WI (3)
  • CNA; Norseland Nursing Home, Westby, WI
  • CNA; Pine View Care Center, Black River Falls, WI (3)
  • CNA; Pleasant Valley Seniors, Stoddard, WI
  • CNA; Rolling Hills, Sparta, WI
  • CNA; Self Employed, Holmen, WI
  • CNA; Self Employed, Onalaska, WI
  • CNA; Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tomah, WI
  • CNA; Tomah Nursing & Rehab Center, Tomah, WI (3)
  • CNA; Vernon Manor, Viroqua, WI
  • Direct Support Provider; My Innovative Services, La Crosse, WI
  • Nursing Assistant; Touch of Home, Tomah, WI
  • Nursing Assistant; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Patient Care Technician; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Rehab Technician; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Resident Care Associate; Bethany Lutheran Homes, La Crosse, WI
  • Resident Care Technician; Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Nurse Aide - C.N.A.
Home Health Aide
Certified Nursing Assistant
Personnel Care Worker
Patient Care Associate

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

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

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 Assistant program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions, complete a background check, and provide proof of immunization (including a TB Test). Please see the details below.

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 document below:

CNA Out-of-State Transfer Information

Refer to the Nursing Assistant Schedule for a complete listing of upcoming courses:

Program Contacts

Laurie Ellefson
Program Co-Chair, Nursing Assistant

Marcia Robbins
Program Co-Chair, Nursing Assistant

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.

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