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Nursing Assistant

Technical Diploma


Become a Nursing Assistant

The nursing assistant is a vital member of the health care team. The nursing assistant carries out assigned duties under the direction of the professional nurse. Responsibilities include bathing, dressing, toileting, assisting with feeding, taking vital signs, ambulating, lifting and moving clients, and performing other selected nursing procedures.

The instructional program for the Nursing Assistant diploma consists of lecture with laboratory practice and supervised clinical experience in local health care facilities. This program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health as a nurse aide training program. The diploma is granted for successful completion of 120 hours of instruction.

Nursing assistants are employed in long-term care facilities, hospitals, community-based residential facilities, and home health agencies.

Based on prior experience and skills, qualified Veteran medics and EMS workers may be able to test out of some classes. Contact Candy Dailey, Interim Dean of Health Occupations, at 715.365.4539 to learn about earning credit for what you already know.

WisCaregiver Careers: Free Training. Free Testing. $500 Bonus.

The Wiscaregiver Career Program offers nurse aide training at no cost to the student through participating, approved nurse aide training programs like the Nursing Assistant program at Nicolet College. Testing fees for the state competency exam will be covered for all students who successfully complete training and program requirements. 

Learn more about the free training, free testing, and a $500 bonus when you start work at a participating WisCaregier nursing home.



Students are required to pay tuition and the following other costs as applicable:

  1. Textbook and curriculum binder ($110)
  2. TB skin test ($15), Influenza vaccine ($45), MMR ($30)
  3. Caregiver criminal background check ($10)
  4. Upon successful completion of the course, students wanting to become Certified Nursing Assistants need to take the State certification exam (Approximately $120)
  5. Uniform tops will be provided to students free of charge


Program Outcomes

  1. Communicate and interact effectively with clients, family, and co-workers.
  2. Maintain and protect client rights.
  3. Report information and record observations.
  4. Demonstrate the ethical and legal responsibilities of the NA/HHA.
  5. Assist with client rehabilitation and restorative care, promoting independence.
  6. Assist clients with long-term, disabling conditions including dementia.
  7. Provides safe care to a diverse population to meet the physical and psychological needs of the client.
  8. Works cooperatively in a team environment and employs critical thinking as conditions change.
  9. Eligible to take the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation.


ACT Logo This ACT program is 100% funded with a TAACCCT Round IV $19.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

This program is an equal opportunity program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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