Nursing Assistant | Western Technical College

Nursing Assistant

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 



Not Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring, Summer

The Nursing Assistant program is your pathway to a rewarding NA career and also serves as a foundation for pursuing other health-related programs. Over the course of 81 hours, you will acquire and demonstrate essential skills, including effective communication, basic nursing and personal care, respect for client's rights, and the care of clients with dementias. This program is proudly recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

With this technical diploma, you become eligible to take the Wisconsin Nursing Assistant competency evaluation. Passing this evaluation allows you to be included on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry, opening doors to employment opportunities in various healthcare settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, CBRFs, and more. This program equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide crucial care and support to individuals in need within the healthcare industry.

To view the Nursing Assistant program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Nursing Assistant

This program will cost about $328* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Nursing Assistant 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding88
Employed in Related Occupation7
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education68
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week3238
Median Hourly Wage$16.23 $16.95
Hourly Wage Range$14.00-$18.50$16.08-$17.45
Median Annual Salary$33,444

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Associate, Carpenter, CNA, Customer Service/Waitress, Fitness Manager, Medical Assistant, Nurse Intern, Paramedic, Peri-op-Tech, Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant, Quality Lead Technician, Server

Career Opportunities

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

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Communicate effectively with clients, family, and co-workers
  • Protect rights of clients
  • Demonstrate ethical and legal responsibilities
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Provide holistic, safe care to diverse populations
  • Demonstrate reporting and documentation
  • Assist clients with rehabilitation and restorative care
  • Provide safe care for clients with acute and chronic health conditions
  • Complete educational requirements for the WI NA competency evaluation

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

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.

* Tuberculosis (TB) Test
One of the following is required:

  • Two step TB skin test (1-3 weeks apart) OR
  • Two consecutive annual tests (no more than 12 months between tests) OR
  • QuantiFERON Gold blood test (lab report required) OR
  • If positive results provide a lab report or physician verification of a clear chest x-ray.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

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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