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The Associate Degree Nursing (RN) program at Madison College offers training for in-demand jobs in nursing and health care. Learn from experienced nursing professionals in digital classrooms and modern labs. Develop patient care skills during clinical practicums in area hospitals and health care facilities.
Top Career Training
The Nursing (RN) associate degree program teaches you good judgment and technical competence while providing nursing care to patients of all ages. Nursing students focus on self-direction and independence. Helpful aptitudes and interests include an interest in people and their welfare; a willingness to follow procedures, understanding that errors may have serious consequences; good communication skills; an eye for detail; and an ability to work under pressure and react quickly in an emergency.
Strong Job Opportunities
After passing the NCLEX-RN exam, nursing program graduates may work as Registered Nurses (RN) in a variety of health care settings such as clinics, hospitals, extended-care facilities, doctor's offices, home health agencies, and selected industrial and business settings.
Nursing graduates see a 93 percent job placement rate within six months of graduation. Employers in Madison, Wisconsin and beyond give high marks to our nursing graduates for the advanced clinical training they receive at Madison College.
Please note: Upon admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program, you'll be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current immunizations and Health Care Provider CPR certification.
Students in the Associate Degree Nursing program can attend full or part-time.
The Associate Degree Nursing program at Madison Area Technical College at the Fort Atkinson, Reedsburg, Truax and Watertown campus locations located in Fort Atkinson, Reedsburg, Madison and Watertown, Wisconsin is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 • 404.975.5000 http://acenursing.org/
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. The Madison College Nursing (RN) program is also approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Your Advantages at Madison College
- Learn in leading-edge facilities. The Health Simulation Center at the Truax Campus offers a fully-functioning trauma room, home health scenario room and simulated patient settings for hands-on learning.
- Learn the skills, concepts and ethics of the nursing profession with nurse instructors from a wide range of professional backgrounds.
- Be ready to transfer your Madison College credits toward a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) at Marquette University, Franklin University, the University of Wisconsin and many others.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Our nursing program graduates work for a range of employers throughout Wisconsin including Access Community Health Centers, Columbus Community Hospital, Mercy Health System, St. Clare Hospital & Health Services, VA Medical Center, Willows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and more.
With additional education, Nursing program graduates may:
- Transfer credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Attain a Master of Science in Nursing
We prepare you to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), to become a Registered Nurse.
Madison College Associate Degree 2021 Composite NCLEX Score: 96.26 percent (ACEN Standard 6)
National Average: 83.88 percent
Madison College Nursing programs prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed and practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for other states.
Wisconsin participates in an enhanced, multi-state nursing licensure compact as of January 19, 2018. Multi-state nurses meet uniform licensure requirements for all participating states, meaning that nurses with a Wisconsin license may be eligible to practice nursing in the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Please refer to the NCSBN website for current information related to licensure, employment and practice regulations in other states https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm
For questions related to the enhanced nurse licensure compact (eNLC), please refer to email@example.com
ResourcesStudy Nursing Near HomeThe nursing program is at our Madison, Fort Atkinson, Reedsburg and Watertown campuses.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.Nursing CertificationProof of certification as a Nursing Assistant or completion of a Nursing Assistant course is required prior to petitioning. Refer to petition requirements for additional details.General Education CoursesThe following general education courses are required to successfully graduate from the Nursing-Associate Degree program. Some of these courses are required to petition and others may be completed prior to the start of the program or by the end of the first year of the program. Prospective students should refer to petition requirements and current students should refer to their Degree Progress Report for additional details regarding which general education program requirements must be taken to petition.Speech must be completed prior to third semester.10-801-1983 credits20-801-2013 credits20-806-2074 credits20-806-2084 credits20-806-2735 credits20-809-2033 credits20-809-2313 credits20-809-2333 creditsFirst SemesterSecond SemesterThird SemesterFourth Semester
Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
- There is currently 1-3 semesters between acceptance into pre-program and the start of core classes. The estimated time to enter the core-program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
- Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process
Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.
Students will be required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements must be amended any time accreditation requirements are updated or changed. Requirements may also be amended based on Madison College programmatic assessment data.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.
Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:
- Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
- Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
- Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program
- Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status
You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.
After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core program courses through the Petition Process.
UW System SchoolsWCTS offers a statewide associate degree nursing curriculum with shared competencies in all sixteen technical college districts. Licensed registered nurses with an ADN and students nearing completion of an ADN program are encouraged to apply to a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) program. The UW-System Collaborative nursing programs/BSN@Home, currently composed of six UW institutions, was specifically designed for ADN-prepared registered nurses to progress to a BSN degree. All BSN candidates must meet admission and nursing program requirements specific to the UW “home institution” at which they are enrolled as a degree seeking student. The AAS in Nursing will transfer to UW System’s BSN@Home: A minimum of 60 credits in general education and nursing coursework taken within the required nursing curriculum of a WTCS ADN program will be directly awarded in transfer following admission to the baccalaureate program. • 30 nursing credit block from the WTCS systemwide nursing curriculum will be applied to the baccalaureate. • Minimum of 30 credits in general education courses.WCTS offers a statewide associate degree nursing curriculum with shared competencies in all sixteen technical college districts. Licensed registered nurses with an ADN and students nearing completion of an ADN program are encouraged to apply to a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) program. The UW-System Collaborative nursing programs/BSN@Home, currently composed of six UW institutions, was specifically designed for ADN-prepared registered nurses to progress to a BSN degree. All BSN candidates must meet admission and nursing program requirements specific to the UW “home institution” at which they are enrolled as a degree seeking student. The AAS in Nursing will transfer to UW System’s BSN@Home: A minimum of 60 credits in general education and nursing coursework taken within the required nursing curriculum of a WTCS ADN program will be directly awarded in transfer following admission to the baccalaureate program. • 30 nursing credit block from the WTCS systemwide nursing curriculum will be applied to the baccalaureate. • Minimum of 30 credits in general education courses.WCTS offers a statewide associate degree nursing curriculum with shared competencies in all sixteen technical college districts. Licensed registered nurses with an ADN and students nearing completion of an ADN program are encouraged to apply to a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) program. The UW-System Collaborative nursing programs/BSN@Home, currently composed of six UW institutions, was specifically designed for ADN-prepared registered nurses to progress to a BSN degree. All BSN candidates must meet admission and nursing program requirements specific to the UW “home institution” at which they are enrolled as a degree seeking student. The AAS in Nursing will transfer to UW System’s BSN@Home: A minimum of 60 credits in general education and nursing coursework taken within the required nursing curriculum of a WTCS ADN program will be directly awarded in transfer following admission to the baccalaureate program. • 30 nursing credit block from the WTCS systemwide nursing curriculum will be applied to the baccalaureate. • Minimum of 30 credits in general education courses.Students who complete the Associate Degree of Nursing at Madison College who meet University of Wisconsin-Madison admissions requirements, take specified courses in preparation for the major, and meet specified levels of academic achievement at Madison College are granted guaranteed admission into the UW-Madison Online BSN@Home program to pursue a bachelor's degree in Nursing. Students may transfer up to 90 credits from Madison College. Course transfer will be determined by UW-Madison credit evaluation services. Students are highly encouraged to consult with their advsiors and follow the course pathway for transfer to UW-Madison BSN @ Home program. For more information visit https://nursing.wisc.edu/undergraduate/bsn-online/.The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW Oshkosh. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.This articulation agreement applies to graduates of the WTCS system-wide Associate Degree Nursing program from May 1996 and after. These graduates are eligible to receive a minimum of 60 college transfer credits to be applied to the Bachelor in Nursing degree at a UW System BSN@HOME under the terms of this agreement. These credits may include no more than thirty credits from the WTCS System-wide Nursing curriculum and thirty credits of general education courses. In addition to these sixty credits, some additional credit form WTCS may also be transferable.In order to transfer, students must complete the desired program with a minimum 2.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale. A minimum of 33 credits from said program may be transferred in and counted towards a Public Health Degree. 52 total credits are required to complete the bachelor's degree, while a minimum of 30 credits must be taken at UW Superior (including the last 12 credit hours) in order for any degree from UW Superior to be awarded. Electives taken at Madison College may transfer in as credits towards graduation, but do not fit within any particular category in relation to the Public Health Degree.
Wisconsin Private SchoolsDue to individual variations in how WTCS general education requirements are met, transfer results will vary. The list of recommended courses to meet Core requirements is to be used for course planning at the associate level. A grade of "C-" or better is needed for the course to fulfill the specified requirement. Nursing coursework within the AAS degree will transfer as a block of 38 credits.Students who complete their Associate Degree Nursing program, have a GPA of 2,75 or higher and "C" or better in biology, chemistry, health science and nursing courses may enter Carroll's Master of Science in Nursing program with up to 70 credits transferred in.Students who successfully complete Associate Degree in Nursing and who meet the admission requirements of Carthage College and any other conditions specified in this agreement will be admitted to the RN-to-BSN Program at Carthage College, with up to 65 credits accepted towards the BSN degree. This agreement applies to students entering the Associate Degree Nursing Program Fall 2018 or later and entering the Carthage College RN-to-BSN program Fall 2020 or later.A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.Students who receive an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Madison College will be guaranteed admission to the ADN-MSN program in the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Business, and Health Sciences (HPSoNBHS) at Edgewood College when students transfer directly from Madison College to Edgewood College within 5 years of completing their ADN and have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 for their transferrable coursework. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from all combined courseworkStudents will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for admission to the nursing program at Marian University. Students must also have completed the associate degree for nursing at Madison College. This agreement is for the BS Nursing Online program only. Students interested in transferring should contact Marian University for the most current transfer informationAny Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.Students entering the RN to BSN completion program will transfer up to 72 credits from their associates of nursing degree provided the student has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, final course grades of "C" or better in biology, chemistry, health sciences and nursing courses and student holds a RN license from the state of WI without stipulations.All courses transferred from Madison College will be processed as lower division credits. Students will be awarded the amount of credit they earned at Madison College for transferred coursework.Students who complete the nursing program can transfer up to 70 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
Out-of-State SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.The RN-BSN option is designed for graduates who have passed the RN-N.C.L.E.X exam. Transcripts are evaluated on an individual basis. Nursing, biology, and liberal arts courses typically will transfer into the RN-BSN program. The RN-BSN baccalaureate degree at Bryant and Stratton College is a new application pursuing initial accreditation. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.Students who graduate from Madison College with an Associate Degree in Nursing and proof of RN licensure may be awarded up to 77 proficiency credit hours through Chamberlain University Articulation Plan (CCAP), to include 37 Liberal Arts and Sciences credit hours, and 40 Nursing credit hours. Along with proof of RN Licensure, students must also carry a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.GCU will offer a scholarship to any student, online and local, concurrently enrolled in the Associate Degree in Nursing program at MATC, and following the Concurrent Enrollment Pathway (CEP) to a BSN at GCU.Students who complete the Associates Degree in Nursing from 2016 onward, may transfer and apply up to 62 credits towards Purdue's Professional Nursing Pathways Online BSN degree program. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and only courses with a "C" or better are eligible for transfer.Up to 78 lower division and an additional 12 upper division credits from an accredited institution may be applied toward the minimum 120 semester credit hours required for completion. At least 30 credits must be earned in upper division courses. A minimum of 30 credits and 6 credits in the major must be completed at UIU. Students must have a valid RN license and GPA of 2.5 or higher at time of application.Madison College students must complete the required coursework in the associate degree nursing program with a "C" or better and meet the admission requirements to Walden‘s Bachelor of Science Nursing Completion program may receive credit toward their BSN program.
Program Student Outcomes
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 client care across diverse populations.
Function as a healthcare team member to provide safe and effective care.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2019 2020 2021 Number of Program Graduates 145 178 181 Number of Surveys Sent 145 178 181 Number of Surveys Returned 108 117 112 Percent of Surveys Returned 74.50% 65.70% 61.90% Available for Employment 106 116 106 Percent Available for Employment 98.10% 99.10% 94.60% Not in Labor Market 0 1 5 Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.90% 4.50% Available for Employment
2019 2020 2021 Graduates Employed 105 115 103 Percent of Graduates Employed 99.10% 99.10% 97.20% Employed in Related Occupation 103 113 103 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 98.10% 98.30% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 2 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1.90% 1.70% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 1 3 Percent Seeking Employment 0.90% 0.90% 2.80% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.5 3.4 Number of Satisfaction Responses 107 113 111 Very Satisfied (4) 61 66 53 Percent Very Satisfied 57.00% 58.40% 47.70% Satisfied (3) 45 44 52 Percent Satisfied 42.10% 38.90% 46.80% Unsatisfied (2) 0 1 5 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.90% 4.50% Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 2 1 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.90% 1.80% 0.90% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Number of Primary Reason Responses 107 117 111 Preparation for Getting a Job 35 51 46 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 32.70% 43.60% 41.40% Career Change 47 41 41 Percent Career Change 43.90% 35.00% 36.90% Improvement of Existing Skills 9 9 6 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 8.40% 7.70% 5.40% Preparation for Further Education 12 13 16 Percent Preparation for Further Education 11.20% 11.10% 14.40% Personal Interest 2 3 2 Percent Personal Interest 1.90% 2.60% 1.80% Other 2 0 0 Percent Other 1.90% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2019 2020 2021 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 105 115 102 Before Enrollment 11 15 9 Percent Before Enrollment 10.50% 13.00% 8.80% While Attending the College 16 14 20 Percent While Attending the College 15.20% 12.20% 19.60% After Training at the College 78 86 73 Percent After Training at the College 74.30% 74.80% 71.60% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2019 2020 2021 Number of Employment Location Responses 107 115 104 In College District 90 79 75 Percent In College District 84.10% 68.70% 72.10% In Wisconsin, Not in District 13 35 21 Percent of In Wisconsin 12.10% 30.40% 20.20% Outside of Wisconsin 2 1 7 Percent Outside Wisconsin 1.90% 0.90% 6.70% Employer Location Unknown 2 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 1.90% 0.00% 1.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 73 90 72 Average Monthly Wage $5,066 $5,068 $5,196 Average Hourly Wage $29.45 $29.46 $30.21 Average Work Hours per Week 40.4 38.6 38 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 24 18 22 Average Hourly Wage $31.55 $30.54 $34.08 Average Work Hours per Week 28.2 28.4 29.5
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