Associate of Applied Science Degree

 Nursing is the dynamic interpersonal goal-directed process that seeks to promote optimal health within the context of individuals, family, community and society. The concept of caring, which is central to nursing, is communicated through both attitude and action. Nursing uses the nursing process, a problem solving approach to provide holistic care to individuals, families, and groups within the health care system. Nurses assess health and make clinical decisions to provide safe and effective nursing care according to standards of practice within the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks. Nursing practice is based on its own body of knowledge. Through collaboration with other health care professionals, nursing is responsive to the needs of the community across the health-illness continuum. The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares nurses to function with the knowledge, skill and judgment of beginning staff nurses in a variety of health care settings.

The Associate Degree Program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). For more information about this accreditation contact:

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone (404) 975-5000
Fax (404) 975-5020

Graduates are eligible to apply to the Wisconsin Board of Nursing to take the examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. State Administrative Code rules state that a graduate may have difficulty obtaining a license with an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to nursing practice. The Coordinator of the program is available to discuss concerns in this area.

Students may apply for testing for licensure as L.P.N. (Licensed Practical Nurse) after successfully completing all courses through the second semester. L.P.N.’s entering into the ADN program may receive credit for past clinical education based on their current knowledge, skills and judgment. In order to help L.P.N.’s be program ready, they will need to take the Nursing Bridge course before entering third semester. Re-entry, transfer, and LPN students must contact the counseling office for information about entry to the nursing program. Acceptance to the program will be based upon space availability and approval of the nursing faculty.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Integrate professional nursing identity reflecting integrity, responsibility, and nursing standards. 
  • Communicate comprehensive information using multiple sources in nursing practice. 
  • Integrate theoretical knowledge to support decision making. 
  • Integrate the nursing process into client care across diverse populations. 
  •  Function as a healthcare team member to provide safe and effective care. 

Graduates may work as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse in a variety of settings including acute care, long term care, or some community settings.

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Courses Taken Prior to Program EntryCredits
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 1
543-101 Nursing Fundamentals 2
543-102 Nursing Skills 3
543-103 Nursing Pharmacology 2
543-104 Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice 2
809-188 Developmental Psychology 3
Semester 2
543-105 Nursing Health Alterations 3
543-106 Nursing Health Promotion 3
543-107 Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan 2
543-108 Intro Clinical Care Management 2
806-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 4
801-198 Speech 3
Semester 3
543-109 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 1 3
543-110 Mental Health Community Concepts 2
543-111 Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice 3
543-112 Nursing Advanced Skills 1
806-197 Microbiology 4
Semester 4
543-113 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 2 3
543-114 Nursing Management & Professional Concepts 2
543-115 Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice 3
543-116 Nursing Clinical Transition 2
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Total Credits65

General Education Courses Within Program

801-136English Composition 13
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
806-179Advanced Anatomy and Physiology4
809-188Developmental Psychology3
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

In order to be eligible to petition the program for entry, you must apply to and be admitted by the college, attend an Advising, Registration, and Orientation (ARO) session, meet all program-specific eligibility requirements, and attend a health sciences petition meeting specific to nursing.
Required Courses – completed with a grade of “C” or better:

  • English Composition 1 (801-136)
  • General Anatomy & Physiology (806-177)
  • Introduction to Psychology (809-198)
  • Basic Nursing Assistant – must be completed within five (5) years of petitioning to the Nursing Program. Consideration will be given for those who are or have been employed as a Nurse Assistant. Optional- Extra petition points awarded for:
  • Chemistry – one year of high school chemistry with lab OR one semester of college chemistry. Acceptable BTC Courses include: Prep for Basic Chemistry (836-133), Chemistry Prep (856-787), General Chemistry (806-134), General, Organic, and Biochemistry (806-199), OR Intro to Biochemistry (806-186)