Blackhawk Technical College Nursing Program Review
Located in Janesville, Wisconsin Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) has several campuses across the state of Wisconsin. The Aviation Center at Blackhawk Technical College is located at the Southern Regional Airport between Beloit and Janesville and the Beloit Center is located in the renovated Eclipse Center in Beloit.
The Center for Transportation Studies in Janesville is where Blackhawk Technical College houses the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program and the Automotive Technician program. The Central Campus is between Beloit and Janesville and is on 80 acres of wooded prairie and this is home to the majority of Blackhawk Technical College’s programs. The Monroe Campus offers a variety of associate degree and one year diplomas and short-term certificates and general education core courses.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The Associate Degree in Nursing program at BTC is intended for individuals who wish to pursue preliminary education in nursing. The Associate Degree in Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree in Nursing is composed of four semesters and depending on the number of students who wish to enter clinical practicum, it could take longer than four semesters. The Associate Degree in Nursing is composed of in-class lectures and clinical practicum and in order to proceed through the program, individuals must obtain a minimum “C” grade in all required courses. Upon graduation from the Associate Degree in Nursing program, individuals can apply to write the Wisconsin Board of Nursing in order to write the examination to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. Individuals applying to the program must submit to a drug screening and must also submit a criminal background check.
After completing all of the courses, individuals can apply to write the test to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), after the second semester of courses. Individuals who are already certified as Licensed Practical Nurses, may use previous education and clinical experience in order to gain credits toward the Associate Degree in Nursing program. These individuals are required to take the Nursing Bridge Course prior to entering into their third semester. Reentry students, as well as transfer and Licensed Practical Nursing applicants must contact the counseling office prior to applying to the Associate Degree in Nursing program.
Individuals who graduate from the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Blackhawk Technical College and who successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination and become a Registered Nurse, go on to work in a variety of healthcare environments. The healthcare environments include; hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, hospices and a variety of other healthcare institutions in the United States.
BTC also offers two levels of Nursing Assistant Certification, both at the traditional level and at the advanced level. These programs consist of a combination of in-class work, lab work and clinical practice. The Advanced Level of the Nursing Assistant Certification is intended for individuals who wish to work in an Acute Care environment.