Nursing Assistant

Technical Diploma

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Not Financial Aid Eligible

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).

This program is part of the WisCaregiver Free Tuition Program. Find out more. 

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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 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding211
Employed in Related Occupation74
Employed in Non-related Occupations14
Seeking Employment9
Continuing Education105
Not in Labor Market9

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2540
Median Hourly Wage$12.30 $12.85
Hourly Wage Range$7.25 - $14.11$9.20 - $14.82
Median Annual Salary$15,350.00 $26,728.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • CNA & Dietary Aide; Mulder Health Care, West Salem, WI
  • CNA; Bethel Home & Services, Viroqua, WI (4)
  • CNA; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI (3)
  • CNA; Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse, WI (6)
  • CNA; Morrow Community Home, Sparta, WI (4)
  • CNA; Tomah Rehab Center, Tomah, WI
  • CNA; Valley View Nursing Home, Houston, MN
  • CNA; Benedict Living Community, La Crosse, WI (2)
  • CNA; Bethany Lutheran Homes, La Crosse, WI (5)
  • CNA; BrightStar Care, Onalaska, WI (3)
  • CNA; Comfort Keepers, La Crosse, WI
  • CNA; Crestview Nursing Home, New Lisbon, WI
  • CNA; Critacare Home Care, La Crosse, WI
  • CNA; Heritage Manor, Elroy , WI
  • CNA; Home Care, La Crosse, WI
  • CNA; Lakeview Health Center, West Salem, WI (2)
  • CNA; Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, WI (2)
  • CNA; New Perspective Living, Mankato, MN
  • CNA; Norseland Nursing Home, Westby, WI
  • CNA; Onalaska Care Center, Onalaska, WI
  • CNA; Pine View Health Care, Black River Falls, WI (2)
  • CNA; RAMC - Senior Life Center, Reedsburg, WI
  • CNA; Rolling Hills Rehab Center, Sparta, WI (3)
  • CNA; Tanglewood Assisted Living, Plover, WI
  • CNA; VA, Tomah, WI
  • CNA; Winona Health Home and Hospice, Winona, MN
  • Dietary Aide; Marinuka Manor, Trempealeau, WI
  • EMT; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Health Coordinator; Chileda, La Crosse, WI
  • House Tech; VA Tomah, Tomah, WI
  • Medical Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Medical Assistant; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Patient Access; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Personal Care Provider; International Quality Homecare, La Crescent, MN
  • Personal Care Worker; Onalaska, WI
  • Phlebotomist; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Program Assistant; Chileda, La Crosse, WI
  • RCA; Milestone Senior Living, Hillsboro, WI
  • Resident Assistant; Liberty Village, Tomah, WI
  • Resident Care Assistant- Medication Technician; Springbrook Assisted Living, Onalaska, WI (2)
  • Resident Care Assistant; Brookdale Senior Living, La Crosse, WI
  • Teacher Aide; Head Start Child & Family Development Centers, La Crosse, WI
  • Teacher Aide; Pre School La Crescent, La Crescent, MN

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
  • Communicate and interact effectively with clients, family, and co-workers
  • Maintain and protect client rights
  • Report information and record observations
  • Demonstrate the ethical and legal responsibilities of the NA/HHA
  • Provide safe care to a diverse population, meeting personal, physical and psychosocial client needs
  • Assist with client rehabilitation and restorative care, promoting independence
  • Assist clients with long-term, disabling conditions including dementia, always focusing on the strengths of the client
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Eligible to take the WI NA Competency evaluation

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, 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 waivers 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

Kris Stegemeyer
Program Co-Chair, Nursing Assistant
608 785-9413

Marcia Robbins
Program Co-Chair, Nursing Assistant

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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.

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