Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Nursing Program Review
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) is located in Fennimore, Wisconsin. SWTC conducts strategic planning every three years, which allows the college to be reviewed on its principles. The entire review of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is available online.
The college offers a Nursing Assistant program with a basic stream, as well as a Nursing-Associate Degree program.
Nursing Assistant Program (NA)
The Nursing Assistant Program is 120 credit hours and prepares individuals for employment as a nursing assistant in a healthcare facility. Nursing Assistants work under the direction of Registered Nurses and physicians. The program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is composed of in-class lectures, laboratory work and clinical practice. The clinical practice for the Nursing Assistant Program is completed at a nursing home under supervision.
Upon completion of the Nursing Assistant Program, individuals will work as entry-level nursing professionals, who work on assisting clients with personal care, fluid and nutrition, mobility, and other basic needs. Nursing Assistant’s are also required to play an important role in the emotional needs of clients. The Nursing Assistant Program is less than one year in duration. Many individuals who complete the Nursing Assistant Program, go on to further their career in the field of nursing. The Nursing Assistant Program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and graduate students are able to apply to write the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program Exam, which includes a written and skills portion. The Nursing Assistant Program offers evening and weekend classes for individuals during the Fall and Spring semester, but students must attend a lab session at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College weekly.
Applicants to the program must complete a Caregiver Background Check, which is $12 and must be covered by the student. Applicants must also pass a theory test and complete a physical examination, and provide documentation of a recent two-step TB skin test, and mental health requirements as approved by the College Health Educator. The program does not qualify for financial aid.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
The Associate Degree Nursing program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is a two-year program, which upon graduation allows individuals to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and all students who successfully complete the first year of the program, are able to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, in order to become licensed as a Practical Nurse. After completing the examination, individuals can come back to the program and complete the second year, in order to become a Licensed Registered Nurse.
Opportunities for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses exist in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, home health care situations and wellness centers. The Associate Degree Nursing program also offers classes during the evenings and weekends and financial aid is available for this program. Applicants to this program must have completed high school or college Chemistry with a “C” grade or above, hold a high school or GED diploma, submit transcripts, complete pre-nursing admissions assessment testing, pay the assessment testing fee, complete the application form, pay a $30 application fee and interview with a counselor. Applicants must also have completed a Nursing Assistant program or equivalent.