Pre-Practical Nursing: Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Students interested in completing the Practical Nursing program at Madison College must start by applying for admission to the program. Qualified applicants will be admitted in a pre-program status and should review the Start of Semester Checklist to guide you through your next steps in preparing for your first day of classes at Madison College.

After being admitted in a pre-program status, students are then selected for entry into core program courses through the Petition Process.

Applicants are responsible for submitting official high school transcripts, college transcripts, or test scores that show completion of the below requirements. Coursework must be completed or in-progress before you can begin the petition process. See our Transcript page for information on submitting transcripts. View our Testing Services page for information on completing a test for admissions. 

Admission and petition requirements are subject to change; please review the requirements prior to submitting your application or petition.

Summer 2021: This program does not petition for Summer


Fall 2021 petition window: Closed


Spring 2022 petition window: Closed


  • 1.

    Prerequisite Requirements

    It is recommended that students complete prerequisite requirements first as they can improve success in and may be required to register for the course requirements.

    If fulfilling any of the prerequisite requirements with courses completed in high school, college, or at Madison College, a grade of C or better is required; a grade of C- will not be accepted.


    Students must demonstrate algebra competency in one of the following ways:

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score must be from September 1, 2017 to present:

    • ACT Math 20+
    • NexGen Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 237+
    • ACCUPLACER (Elementary Algebra) 65+
    • COMPASS (Algebra) 40+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Elementary Algebra with Apps (10834110)

    3. Educational Experience

    • Bachelor's degree or higher in a related biological science


    Students must demonstrate chemistry or biology competency in one of the following ways:

    1. One year of high school chemistry or biology with lab components; high school chemistry classes must be college-preparatory.

    2. One semester of college-level chemistry or biology with lab components. Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • General Chemistry (10806134) or higher
    • Chemistry for Non-Science Majors (20806200)
    • Body Structure & Function (10501153) or General Anatomy & Physiology (10806177) or General Anatomy & Physiology (20806206) or Anatomy Physiology 2 (20806208)
  • 2.

    Course Requirements

    After completing the prerequisite requirements, you should complete the course requirements. 

    For all courses, a grade of C or better is required; a grade of C- will not be accepted.

    • Nursing Assistant (30543300)

    • English 1 (20801201) or Written Communication (10801195) or higher
    • Body Structure & Function (10501153) or General Anatomy & Physiology (10806177) or General Anatomy & Physiology (20806206) or Anatomy Physiology 2 (20806208)
    • Human Growth & Development (31543356)
    • Oral/Interpersonal Communication (10801196) or Speech (10801198)
  • 3.

    Testing Requirement

    Completion of the prerequisite and course requirements can improve success in the testing requirement. Therefore, you should complete the prerequisite and course requirements prior to testing.

    Students must be able to demonstrate academic readiness with one of the following:

    Composite test score from September 1, 2017 to present:

    • HESI: cumulative score 72%+
      Due to the customizable nature of HESI, the test must be completed at Madison College.
    • ACT: composite score 18+
  • 4.

    Petition Workshop Requirement

    As soon as students are placed into a pre-program status, they will be added to a program-specific Petition Workshop via BlackBoard. This workshop is mandatory and will provide additional insight into the program as well as institutional resources and advisor support. Students must log into BlackBoard to review what is required for completion of the workshop.

  • 5.

    Petition and After Petitioning

    Your Degree Progress Report will determine if you have met the petition requirements. Completion will be identified by transfer credit, test scores, final grades, or an in-progress enrollment status. Review the Petition Process for additional details on how and when to petition.

    During the course of the program, you must demonstrate the ability to perform these essential functions safely, reliably and efficiently within the scope of practice. If you need accommodations to help you perform these functions, contact our Disability Resource Services office.

    After you complete the petition form, you will be notified approximately 15 business days after the close of the priority petition window. Decisions about being awarded a seat are final. You may register for core program courses only if you are awarded a seat.

    If selected, you will receive instructions regarding the below required items. Failure to successfully complete these required items may result in the forfeiture of the awarded space and starting the application process from the beginning.

    • Healthcare Provider CPR Certification
    • Health Screening Form
    • Background Information Disclosure Form (Criminal Background Check). An acceptable background check is required prior to starting clinical courses.
    • Enrollment in core program courses. Students that are awarded a seat are expected to start the core program for the awarded term. Students that choose not to begin the core program courses or are not able to begin core program courses will be discontinued from the pre-program status and must start the application process from the beginning.
    • Mandatory Nursing Orientation via BlackBoard

Additional Resources 

Contact Advising Services

Madison, Truax Campus
Main Building, C1434

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


  • Monday – Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Wednesday – Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Contact the School of Nursing

Madison Truax Campus
Health Building, 103

1705 Hoffman Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm (Virtual)