Associates of Applied Science

Prepare to become an entry level nurse as part of a heath care team. Graduates must demonstrate critical thinking, clinical judgment, and clinical competence. The educational framework consists of the nursing process and is used to care for individuals across the lifespan. Our philosophy incorporates faculty beliefs regarding nursing, health, person, community, nursing education, and nursing practice. Educational methodologies include lecture, small and large group discussions, computer-assisted instruction, and clinical experiences in a variety of settings.

Within the ADN program, students are eligible after the first year of completed courses to take the Practical Nursing boards for licensure.

*All nursing courses (10-543) are sequential, requiring successful completion, of a grade of "C" or better, of all nursing courses (10-543) in one term to progress to the next term.

View program eligibility requirements-HESI A2 Exam information below

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    Program Outline

    Term 1
    Course # Course Title Credits
    1054310100 Nursing Fundamentals

    Focuses on basic nursing concepts that the beginning nurse will need to provide care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients within alterations in cognition, elimination, comfort, grief/loss, mobility, integument, and fluid/electrolyte balance.

    1054310200 Nursing Skills

    Focuses on development of clinical skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Includes mathematic calculations and conversions related to clinical skills, blood pressure assessment, aseptic technique, wound care, oxygen administration, tracheotomy care, suctioning, management of enteral tubes, basic medication administration, glucose testing, enemas, ostomy care, and catheterization. In addition, includes techniques related to obtaining a health history and basic physical assessment skills using a body systems approach.

    1054310300 Nursing Pharmacology

    Introduces the principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on the use of the components of the nursing process when administering medications.

    1054310400 Nsg Intro Clinical Practice

    Introductory clinical course emphasizes basic nursing skills and application of the nursing process in meeting the needs of diverse clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on performing basic nursing skills, the formation of nurse-client relationships, communication, data collection, documentation, and medication administration.

    1080617700 General Anatomy and Physiology

    Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients. Prerequisite: 1083613300 Prep for Basic Chemistry (C or better) or 2080624000 Survey of Chemistry (C or better).

    1080119500 Written Communication

    Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

    1080918800 Developmental Psychology

    Study of human development throughout the lifespan. Explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Application activities and critical thinking skills will enable students to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others.

    Term 2
    Course # Course Title Credits
    1054310500 Nursing Health Alterations

    Elaborates upon the basic concepts of health and illness as presented in Nursing Fundamentals. Applies theories of nursing in the care of clients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. Provides an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply therapeutic nursing interventions. Also introduces the concepts of leadership, team building, and scope of practice.

    1054310600 Nursing Health Promotion

    Focuses on topics related to health promotion for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. We will cover nursing care of the developing family, which includes reproductive issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, the newborn, and the child. Recognizing the spectrum of healthy families, we will discern patterns associated with adaptive and maladaptive behaviors applying mental health principles. An emphasis is placed on teaching and supporting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages. Nutrition, exercise, stress management, empowerment, and risk reduction practices are highlighted. Study of the family will cover dynamics, functions, discipline styles, and stages of development.

    1054310700 Nsg Clinical Care Across Lifespan

    Clinical experience which applies nursing concepts and therapeutic interventions to clients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to concepts of teaching and learning. Extending care to include the family is emphasized.

    1054310800 Nsg Intro Clinical Care Mgt

    Applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of clients across the lifespan. Provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building.

    1080617900 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

    Second semester in a two-semester sequence in which normal human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Experimentation within a science lab will include analysis of cellular metabolism, the individual components of body systems such as the nervous, neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, and urinary. Continued examination of homeostatic mechanisms and their relationship to fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance, and blood. Integration of genetics to human reproduction and development are also included. Prerequisite: 1080617700 General Anatomy and Physiology (C or better).

    1080119600 Oral Interpersonal Communication

    Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects.

    Term 3
    Course # Course Title Credits
    1054310900 Nsg Complex Health Alterations 1

    Prepares the learner to expand knowledge from previous courses in caring for clients across the lifespan with alterations in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and hematologic systems as well as clients with fluid/electrolyte and acid base imbalance, and alterations in comfort.

    1054311000 Nsg Mental Health Community Con

    Covers topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources are examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, and economically diverse individuals and groups.

    1054311100 Nsg Intermediate Clinical Practice

    Intermediate level clinical course develops the RN role when working with clients with complex health care needs. Focuses on developing skills needed for managing multiple clients across the lifespan and priorities. Using the nursing process, students gain experience in adapting nursing practice to meet the needs of clients with diverse needs and backgrounds.

    1054311200 Nursing Advanced Skills

    Focuses on the development of advanced clinical skills across the lifespan. Includes advanced IV skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic EKG interpretation, and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion.

    1080619700 Microbiology

    Examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms. Addresses disease production, epidemiology, host defense mechanisms, and the medical impact of microbes. Examines the role and microbes in the environment, industry, and biotechnology. Prerequisite: 1080617700 General Anatomy and Physiology (C or better).

    1080919800 Introduction to Psychology

    This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors, and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social, and vocational settings.

    Term 4
    Course # Course Title Credits
    1054311300 Nsg Complex Health Alterations 2

    Prepares the learner to expand knowledge and skills from previous courses in caring for clients across the lifespan with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary, and reproductive systems. The learner will also focus on management of care for clients with high-risk prenatal conditions, high-risk newborns, and the ill child. Synthesis and application of previously learned concepts will be evident in the management on clients with critical/life threatening situations.

    1054311400 Nsg Management Professional Concepts

    Covers nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the RN. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the RN practice.

    1054311500 Nsg Advanced Clinical Practice

    Requires the student to integrate concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized.

    1054311600 Nursing Clinical Transition

    Clinical experience which integrates all knowledge learned in the previous courses in transitioning to the role of the graduate nurse. Promotes relatively independent clinical decisions, delegation, and working collaboratively with others to achieve client and organizational outcomes. Continued professional development is fostered.

    1080917200 Introduction to Diversity Studies

    Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relations in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and religion are explored.


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    Term Start Dates

    Summer 2024: May 6 Fall 2024: August 26 Spring 2025: January 13

    Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

    Program Tuition*


    Books & Supplies*


    *Total cost for degree completion is estimated by current course requirements, books, and supplies. Tuition and fees are set by the Wisconsin Technical College System and subject to change.

    Financial Aid Eligible

    You may experience these additional costs, not charged by Nicolet, estimated based on length of program.

    Personal Expenses

    What You'll Learn

    • 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 patient care across diverse populations
    • Function as a healthcare team member to provide safe and effective care

    Transfer Opportunities

    Take a look at our transfer agreements to seamlessly transfer your degree to a 4-year university.

    Your Potential Careers

    • Registered Nurse

    Median Annual Salary

    $76,252 $76,488 $77,397
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    More About the Nursing Program

    The nursing program is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensed practical and/or registered nurse. The Wisconsin Technical College System nursing programs strive to provide a seamless nursing curriculum that is flexible and accessible to learners on a statewide basis. At the completion of the first year of the program, students have the option of submitting an application to the state Board of Nursing to take the examination for licensure as a practical nurse.

    Nursing Program Student Handbook

    Download the Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)

    The purpose of this handbook is to inform students about the policies and procedures specific to the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Nicolet Area Technical College (NATC). Pursuant to the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter N 1.04 this handbook includes administrative policies in accordance with the college. The document makes policies for the nursing program and college accessible to students.Credit for Prior Learning

    To learn more about earning credit prior experience and skills, review the College Policy for Credit for Prior Learning.

    Eligibility Requirements - HESI A2 Exam

    Students must meet all of the following requirements to petition for enrollment into core nursing courses:

    • Be admitted to Nicolet College by completing the application/admission process.
    • Successful completion of two semesters of high school Chemistry with a grade of “C” or better, OR successful completion of one semester of college Chemistry with a grade of “C” or better.
    • Verification of completion of a Nursing Assistant course.
    • Successful completion of General Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of “C” or better.
    • Completion of ADN Introductory Module located on Brightspace. Completion and Submission of Module Review Form. See your advisor if you are not enrolled in the module.

    • Cumulative Grade Point Average is 2.0 or above

    To take the HESI, students must do the following:

    1. Following the directions provided on the Nicolet Assessment Center’s website, schedule the HESI A2 Exam. The fee for the exam is $50. *Please arrive 15 minutes prior to complete the check in process and allow 4 hours for testing.
    2. An Evolve Account is needed to take the HESI A2 exam. Please create an account at . Click on “Sign In” at the top right corner of the screen, and then click on ‘Create Account”. You will not need to do anything else at this website except create your account for testing.
    3. Students MUST bring a photo ID to take the HESI A2 exam

    Upcoming HESI Dates

    We will offer the HESI A2 exam in June of 2024 for students looking to enter the Core Nursing Program in the fall of 2024. The Nursing Petition can be found here:

    The deadline for submitting the petition is May 1, 2024. Please complete the Nursing Petition at your earliest convenience. 

    The testing dates are:

    Option 1: Monday, June 3, 2024, @ 1:00 p.m.
    Option 2: Tuesday, June 4, 2024, @ 11:00 a.m.
    Option 3: Wednesday, June 5, 2024, @ 9:00 a.m. 
    Option 4: Thursday, June 6, 2024 @ 5:00 p.m.

    Advanced Standing for Licensed Practical Nurses

    LPNs licensed in Wisconsin may enter the third semester of the nursing program provided they have met all the general education and science courses of the first and second semester of the nursing program with a grade of “C” or better.

    Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) are accepted as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), in states with compact licensure. If your license is not part of the compact licensure, you will need to obtain a Wisconsin license by contacting the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. Candidates must have a current (not expired) Practical Nursing license to be eligible to practice in the state of Wisconsin. LPN credits (nursing credits from prior diploma) are held in escrow until third semester nursing courses are completed with a “C” or better. Contact the academic advisor for details.


    Paramedic to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)  

    Advanced Standing/Credit for Prior Learning for Paramedics to ADN Students with a current Paramedic license AND 2080 hours of Paramedic work experience are eligible for advanced standing for the following Nursing courses:

    10806177             General Anatomy and Physiology
    10543101             Nursing Fundamentals
    10543103             Nursing Pharmacology
    10543104             Nsg:Intro Clinical Practice
    10543107             Nsg:Clin Care Across Lifespan

    Students with current Paramedic license, 2080 hours of Paramedic work experience, AND have completed the WTCS 10543130 Paramedic to ADN Skills (2 cr) course are eligible for advanced standing for the following, additional Nursing course:

     10543102             Nursing Skills

    Students may complete the following WTCS courses to meet the corresponding Nursing course equivalencies listed below. These Paramedic ADN courses will be transferred in to Nicolet College and applied toward the ADN program. 

    WTCS Course                                                                           Nicolet College Course Equivalent

    10543127 Paramedic to ADN Theory 1 (3 cr)                       10543105  Nursing Health Alterations

    10543128 Paramedic to ADN Theory 2 (3cr)                        10543106  Nursing Health Promotions

    10543129 Paramedic to ADN Clinical  (2 cr)                         10543108  Intro Clinical Care Mgt


    Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review by the ACEN - February 2023

    The Associate Degree nursing program at Nicolet Area Technical College located in Rhinelander, WI is accredited by the:
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
    View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

    NATC ADN Student Achievement Outcomes Data and Expected Level of Achievement

    WI State Board of Nursing (DSPS – Department of Safety and Professional Services)
    The Nicolet nursing program is approved by the WI State Board of Nursing. Contact information for the State Board of Nursing: 4822 Madison Yards Way, Madison, WI 53705. Phone 1-877-617-1565

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