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.

*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.

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Program Outline

At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus



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Term Start Dates

Spring 2022: January 5 Summer 2022: May 2 Fall 2022: September 6

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.

Approximate Cost


Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy and quality care
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision making
  • Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making

Your Potential Careers

  • Registered Nurse

Median Annual Salary

$68,269 $70,137 $71,672
Local State National

EMSI 2020.1

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Your application can be submitted online, it takes just a few minutes to complete.

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

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.

View the Nursing Program Student Handbook

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 below requirements to petition for entrance into the nursing program:

  • 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 Meeting located on Brightspace. Completion and Submission of Module Review Form. See your advisor if you are not enrolled in the module.
  • Current Grade Point Average is 2.0 or above

You must submit a petition form to ensure that you have met all of the above requirements prior to scheduling the HESI A2 exam. Once you submit a petition form, your Advisor will review your petition and send you your HESI Eligibility Letter. This letter will confirm your eligibility to schedule the HESI A2 Exam. Once you receive your HESI Eligibility Letter, you can schedule the HESI exam. Download the HESI Test Prep registration form (PDF)

To take the HESI, students must do the following:

  1. Schedule the HESI A2 exam. We will provide directions on how to schedule your exam through our Assessment Center’s website with your HESI Eligibility Letter. The fee for the exam is $54. The test will be offered in the Assessment Center, Red Oak Center, 201 on the following dates and times for a fall 2022 admission:

    Option 1: Tuesday, May 31 @ 10:00 a.m.
    Option 2: Wednesday, June 1 @ 3:00 p.m.
    Option 3: Thursday, June 2 @ 5:00 p.m. 
    Option 4: Friday, June 3 @ 9:00 a.m.
    Option 5: Monday, June 6 @ Noon  

    *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

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.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for Practical Nursing

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year.
This program will cost $6,719.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $4,847.50 of debt.
Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Wisconsin
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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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