Associate Degree Nursing (R.N.)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105431

Overview

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.

Program Details

Students in the Associate Degree Nursing program can attend full or part-time.

Associate Degree Nursing program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Reedsburg
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Watertown

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Nursing
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Your Advantages at Madison College

  • Learn in leading-edge facilities. The Health Education 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.
Admission

To Apply

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.

After Acceptance

Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Associate Degree Nursing (R.N.) Petition Requirements.

                 Fall 2019 and Spring 2020                    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021                                                         

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

Program Student Outcomes

First Year

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to caring, advocacy, and quality care while adhering to evidence-based practice. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.
  • Integrate knowledge of social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and disease processes while participating in clinical decision-making.
  • Provide patient centered care under supervision by participating in the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings.
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness.
  • Collaborate as an active member of the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and assist with decision-making.

Second Year

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidenced-based practice, caring, advocacy, and quality care.
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.
  • Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision-making.
  • Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings.
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness.
  • Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

 

We prepare you to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), to become a Registered Nurse.

Madison College Associate Degree 2018 Composite NCLEX Score: 96 percent (ACEN Standard 6)

National Average: 88.3 percent

Spring 2017 Program Completion rate: 64.8%

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Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Careers

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 

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    66
    Tuition
    $10211.50
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $2331.59
    Other Costs
    $248.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $12791.09
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 185 175 180
    Number of Surveys Sent 185 174 180
    Number of Surveys Returned 145 137 126
    Percent of Surveys Returned 78.40% 78.70% 70.00%
    Available for Employment 140 135 124
    Percent Available for Employment 96.60% 98.50% 98.40%
    Not in Labor Market 5 2 2
    Percent Not in Labor Market 3.40% 1.50% 1.60%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 137 131 121
    Percent of Graduates Employed 97.90% 97.00% 97.60%
    Employed in Related Occupation 132 131 119
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 96.40% 100.00% 98.30%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5 0 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3.60% 0.00% 1.70%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 3 4 3
    Percent Seeking Employment 2.10% 3.00% 2.40%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.5 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 144 137 126
    Very Satisfied 60 73 70
    Percent Very Satisfied 41.70% 53.30% 55.60%
    Satisfied 78 61 54
    Percent Satisfied 54.20% 44.50% 42.90%
    Unsatisfied 3 1 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 2.10% 0.70% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 3 2 2
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 2.10% 1.50% 1.60%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 144 137 125
    Preparation for Getting a Job 65 46 48
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 45.10% 33.60% 38.40%
    Career Change 59 59 48
    Percent Career Change 41.00% 43.10% 38.40%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 9 14 9
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 6.30% 10.20% 7.20%
    Preparation for Further Education 10 16 13
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 6.90% 11.70% 10.40%
    Personal Interest 1 2 1
    Percent Personal Interest 0.70% 1.50% 0.80%
    Other 0 0 6
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 4.80%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 137 131 113
    Before Enrollment 16 19 10
    Percent Before Enrollment 11.70% 14.50% 8.80%
    While Attending the College 32 28 24
    Percent While Attending the College 23.40% 21.40% 21.20%
    After Training at the College 89 84 79
    Percent After Training at the College 65.00% 64.10% 69.90%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 138 131 122
    In College District 105 108 88
    Percent In College District 76.10% 82.40% 72.10%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 27 22 31
    Percent of In Wisconsin 19.60% 16.80% 25.40%
    Outside of Wisconsin 2 1 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 1.40% 0.80% 0.80%
    Employer Location Unknown 4 0 2
    Percent Location Unknown 2.90% 0.00% 1.60%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 91 90 79
    Average Monthly Wage $4,711 $4,864 $4,951
    Average Hourly Wage $27.39 $28.28 $28.78
    Average Work Hours per Week 40.4 38.4 39.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 36 29 36
    Average Hourly Wage $29.14 $29.51 $30.25
    Average Work Hours per Week 28.6 28.8 28.2
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 202 1,041
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 191 724
    Total Jobs 393 1,765
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Advanced Pain Management Registered Nurse
    Agrace HospiceCare Registered Nurse Fitchburg 3
    Alden Estates Of Jefferson Licensed Practical Nurse Jefferson
    American Family Children's Hospital Registered Nurse
    Aurora Hospital Registered Nurse Summit
    Aurora St Luke's Medical Center Registered Nurse Milwaukee 3
    Badger Prairie Health Care Center Registered Nurse Verona
    Beaver Dam Community Hospital Nurse Beaver Dam
    Beaver Dam Community Hospital Registered Nurse Beaver Dam
    Care Wisconsin RN Care Manager
    Care Wisconsin RN Case Manager
    Central Wisconsin Center Nurse Clinician
    Central Wisconsin Center Nurse Clinician II
    Central Wisconsin Center Registered Nurse
    Crossroads Care Center Registered Nurse Sun Prairie
    CUNA Mutual Group Registered Nurse
    Dane County Sheriff's Office Registered Nurse 5
    Dean Health Systems Registered Nurse Portage
    Divine Savior Healthcare Registered Nurse Portage 5
    Eastcastle Place Registered Nurse Milwaukee
    Edgerton Hospital And Health Services Registered Nurse Edgerton
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Registered Nurse Fort Atkinson 4
    Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital Registered Nurse Milwaukee 2
    Heritage Homes RN Clinical Care Coordinator Watertown
    Highlands Regional Hospital Staff Registered Nurse El Paso TX
    Manorcare Health Services Nurse Supervisor Pewaukee
    Marquardt Memorial Manor Registered Nurse Watertown
    Marshfield Medical Center Registered Nurse Marshfield
    Mendota Mental Health Institute Nurse Clinician II
    Mendota Mental Health Institute Registered Nurse
    Mercy Health System Registered Nurse Janesville 2
    Mile Bluff Medical Center Registered Nurse Mauston 2
    Mulder's Health Care Facility Registered Nurse La Crosse
    New Glarus Home Registered Nurse New Glarus
    Oak Park Place of Madison Registered Nurse
    Oakwood Village Registered Nurse 3
    Prohealth Care Registered Nurse Oconomowoc 2
    Rainbow Hospice Care Inc Registered Nurse Jefferson
    Recover Health RN Case Manager Baraboo
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Registered Nurse Reedsburg 5
    Richland Hospital Registered Nurse Richland Center 2
    Sandridge Secure Treatment Center Registered Nurse Mauston
    Sauk Prairie Healthcare Registered Nurse Prairie du Sac
    Select Specialty Hospital Registered Nurse 2
    Shorehaven Registered Nurse Oconomowoc
    SSM Health at Home RN Case Manager Reedsburg
    SSM Health St. Mary's Care Center Registered Nurse 2
    SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Nurse
    SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Registered Nurse 13
    SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital- Janesville Registered Nurse Janesville
    St Clare Hospital & Health Services Registered Nurse Baraboo 3
    St Clare Hospital & Health Services RN NOC Supervisor Baraboo
    State of Wisconsin Registered Nurse Sun Prairie
    Tomah VA Medical Center Registered Nurse Tomah
    Unity Point Health Meriter Hospital Registered Nurse 3
    Upland Hills Health Center Registered Nurse Dodgeville
    UW Health Home Health Agency Registered Nurse Middleton
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Nurse Resident
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Registered Nurse 3
    UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital Registered Nurse 2
    VA Baraboo Outpatient Clinic Registered Nurse Baraboo
    VA Medical Center Registered Nurse 2
    Watertown Memorial Hospital Nurse Watertown
    Watertown Memorial Hospital Registered Nurse Watertown 2
    Watertown Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Lake Mills
    Waunakee Manor Health Care Center Registered Nurse Waunakee 2

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