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Nursing Assistant
Program Code: 30-543-1

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Technical Diploma: 3-10 Weeks, 3 Credits
Appleton Campus and Oshkosh Campus
Chilton, Clintonville and Waupaca Regional Centers
NOT Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As a nursing assistant, you are an essential member of a healthcare team. A healthcare team cares for the personal needs and comfort of people with health problems and assists a doctor and nursing staff in carrying out health care treatments. Under the supervision of a licensed nurse, you may bathe, dress, feed, mobilize and transport people; obtain temperature, pulse and blood pressure measurements; and report observations and reactions. Your other duties may include preparation of equipment, care of the patient's room and record keeping.

At the conclusion of the Nursing Assistant program, you receive a technical diploma. Upon graduation and successful completion of the Wisconsin Nurse Aide competency exam conducted by Pearson Vue, you are qualified to work as a nursing assistant or home health aide in a hospital, nursing home, home care or other health care agencies.

Program Description

The Nursing Assistant program is very flexible. The program is divided into online/independent study activities, practice labs and actual clinical experiences all within the 120 hour course. Each semester and summer, there are many different schedules offered out of the Appleton and Oshkosh campuses, as well as the Chilton, Clintonville and Waupaca regional centers. Classes begin throughout the semester. You will receive the lab instruction at one of these locations and the clinical experience in a local, long-term care agency. The labs and clinicals may be offered mornings, afternoons, evenings and/or weekends and range over 3-10 weeks in length. Each class section schedule is unique and offers the opportunity to complete the program within your lifestyle. The program includes content required for state and federal nursing assistant-home health aide guidelines and qualifies you to apply for the certification exam after successful completion of the course.

* ELL version offered for English Language Learners-for additional information and assessment, contact Allison Krueger at (920) 735-2443.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements
  • Program application
  • Health History form and Immunization documentation
  • At least 16 years of age and a junior in high school to apply
  • Caregiver background check
  • Mandatory orientation
  • Program/plan financial aid ineligible

Program Outcomes
  • 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.
  • Assist with client rehabilitation and restorative care, promoting independence.
  • Assist clients with long-term, disabling conditions including dementia.
  • Carry out the basic nursing skills required of the NA/HHA.
  • Provide for resident personal care and hygiene.

Program Offered at These Locations

  • Appleton Campus—1825 N. Bluemound Drive
  • Chilton Regional Center—1200 E. Chestnut Street
  • Clintonville Regional Center—525 S. Main Street
  • Oshkosh Riverside Campus—150 N. Campbell Road
  • Waupaca Regional Center—1979 Godfrey Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Biology, health, psychology, math, and English are useful.

Caregiver Background Check

Must meet guidelines established by Wisconsin statutes regarding caregiver background check information prior to program entry.

Functional Ability Agreement

This profession may be physically & psychologically demanding at times. We have developed a list of functional abilities for the NA program for you to review to determine if this health profession is a "fit" for you. We require students to sign the NA Functional Ability Agreement at the program orientation session. Please refer to our NA website for further details.

You will find the Nursing Assistant program to be a very rewarding experience. In addition to attending to the personal needs of adult and geriatric clients, you will also learn how to carry out their personal plans of care as they relate to their safety, comfort, nutrition and elimination needs, psychosocial well-being, basic restorative care, adaptations for the home environment and hospice care. Focus will be on the special needs of the elderly.

Contact Us

For more information about our Nursing Assistant program, visit our department website at

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