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Nursing - Associate Degree
Program Code: 10-543-1

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Associate Degree: 70 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As a registered nurse who is trained in an associate degree program, you provide direct care to people of all age groups who have common physical and mental health problems. Nursing involves a broad range of functions from the very simple to the highly complex. Career opportunities for you include staff nurse positions in hospitals, nursing homes and other health agencies. Ninety-six percent of the nursing graduates secure employment within six months of graduation.

Program Description

The Nursing-Associate Degree program is fully approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000. The FAX number is 404-975-5020. You are required to complete a total of 70 credits for graduation which includes 38 nursing credits and 32 support, general education and elective credits. General education classes are available at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and in the Oshkosh area. Clinical practice, directed by the school's instructors in community hospitals and other health agencies, is a major component of your nursing courses.

The nursing education program includes the study of the biophysical and psychosocial sciences as well as the nursing applications. Guided learning experiences with people requiring health care and with other health team members are essential for you. You are expected to participate with instructors in selected learning experiences and evaluate your learning. The program requires your concentration and a considerable number of independent study hours in addition to 21 to 26 hours per week of classroom, learning lab and clinical activities.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Pre-Associate Degree Nursing Requirements

  • Attendance at Mandatory Program Information Session
  • Skills assessment
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent

Note: Two semesters of high school chemistry or General Chemistry (10-806-174 or 10-806-134) with grade of C or better is a prerequisite for General Anatomy and Physiology (10-806-177).

Note: Students will be required to complete a criminal background check prior to entering technical studies courses.

Associate Degree Nursing Requirements

  • Admitted to Pre-Associate Degree Nursing
  • Certified Nursing Assistant with Federal Status on the WI Nurse Aide Directory since 1990 or after (active or inactive) or successful completion (C or better) of a state of WI approved course with transcript.
  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 79 or greater; ACCUPLACER Reading score of 95 or greater; and, ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 103 or greater (or completion of equivalent Program Prep courses)
  • Must meet all Clinical Documentation Policy requirements as stated on the nursing website at
  • Completion of all 8 General Studies courses

Note: Students may be moved to another clinical group to even out the student to instructor ratio.

Legal Limitations

All candidates to the Nursing-Associate Degree program need to be informed of the legal limitation to Registered Nurse licensure. Any offense (excluding minor traffic violations) for which one has been convicted or is subject to a pending charge, no matter when it occurred, needs to be reported to the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing at the time application for the NCLEX-RN is made. The department will request detailed information regarding the charges/convictions from the applicant. Pending the outcome of that investigation, the applicant is usually allowed to take the NCLEX-RN, but licensure restrictions may be imposed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.


Upon completion of the Nursing-Associate Degree program, the graduate is awarded an Associate Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.)-Nursing and is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards' Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the Associate Degree Nursing program will function as an entry-level practitioner in multiple settings. The graduate, using knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the art and science of nursing, will:

  • Adhere to professional standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the registered nurse.
  • Use effective communication skills incorporating lifespan considerations.
  • Assess health of individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan within the context of the community.
  • Make clinical decisions to assure safe and accurate nursing care.
  • Provide safe caring interventions with diverse populations across the lifespan.
  • Collaborate with others to respond to the needs of individuals, families and groups across the health-illness continuum.
  • Manage care to facilitate continuity within and across the health care settings.
  • Use teaching and learning processes to promote and restore health incorporating lifespan considerations.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, English, speech, social sciences and computer skills are useful.

Contact Us

For additional information, visit our Nursing Department Website.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program