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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


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

After Acceptance

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

                      Fall 2018 and Spring 2019                 Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Questions?

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

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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.

Nursing Certification

Proof 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 Courses

The following general education and elective 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. 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.

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Outcomes

After completing the associate degree Nursing program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

First Year

  • 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 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Adhere to professional standards of practice within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks of the registered nurse.
  • Use effective communication skills.
  • Assess health of individuals, families and groups within the context of the community.
  • Make clinical decisions to assure safe and accurate nursing care.
  • Provide safe, caring interventions with diverse populations.
  • Use teaching and learning processes to promote and restore health.
  • Collaborate with others to respond to the needs of individuals, families and groups across the health-illness continuum.
  • Manage care to facilitate continuity within and across health care settings.


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

Madison College Associate Degree 2017 Composite NCLEX Score: 85.6 percent (ACEN Standard 6)

National Average: 84.2 percent

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
    74
    Tuition
    $11349.80
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $1436.80
    Other Costs
    $248.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $13034.60
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 150 185 175
    Number of Surveys Sent 150 185 174
    Number of Surveys Returned 108 145 137
    Percent of Surveys Returned 72.00% 78.40% 78.70%
    Available for Employment 105 140 135
    Percent Available for Employment 98.10% 96.60% 98.50%
    Not in Labor Market 3 5 2
    Percent Not in Labor Market 2.80% 3.40% 1.50%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 104 137 131
    Percent of Graduates Employed 99.00% 97.90% 97.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 99 132 131
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 95.20% 96.40% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5 5 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4.80% 3.60% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 3 4
    Percent Seeking Employment 1.00% 2.10% 3.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.4 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 107 144 137
    Very Satisfied 36 60 73
    Percent Very Satisfied 33.60% 41.70% 53.30%
    Satisfied 68 78 61
    Percent Satisfied 63.60% 54.20% 44.50%
    Unsatisfied 3 3 1
    Percent Unsatisfied 2.80% 2.10% 0.70%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 3 2
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 2.10% 1.50%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 108 144 137
    Preparation for Getting a Job 31 65 46
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 28.70% 45.10% 33.60%
    Career Change 58 59 59
    Percent Career Change 53.70% 41.00% 43.10%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 9 9 14
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 8.30% 6.30% 10.20%
    Preparation for Further Education 6 10 16
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 5.60% 6.90% 11.70%
    Personal Interest 1 1 2
    Percent Personal Interest 0.90% 0.70% 1.50%
    Other 3 0 0
    Percent Other 2.80% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 104 137 131
    Before Enrollment 12 16 19
    Percent Before Enrollment 11.50% 11.70% 14.50%
    While Attending the College 14 32 28
    Percent While Attending the College 13.50% 23.40% 21.40%
    After Training at the College 78 89 84
    Percent After Training at the College 75.00% 65.00% 64.10%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 104 138 131
    In College District 80 105 108
    Percent In College District 76.90% 76.10% 82.40%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 18 27 22
    Percent of In Wisconsin 17.30% 19.60% 16.80%
    Outside of Wisconsin 4 2 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 3.80% 1.40% 0.80%
    Employer Location Unknown 2 4 0
    Percent Location Unknown 1.90% 2.90% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 62 91 90
    Average Monthly Wage $4,484 $4,711 $4,864
    Average Hourly Wage $26.07 $27.39 $28.28
    Average Work Hours per Week 39.5 40.4 38.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 34 36 29
    Average Hourly Wage $28.78 $29.14 $29.51
    Average Work Hours per Week 28.6 28.6 28.8
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 247 1,088
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 239 766
    Total Jobs 486 1,854
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Attic Angel Place Registered Nurse Middleton
    Aurora Medical Center Registered Nurse Summit
    Avalon Assisted Living Health Services Director
    Beaver Dam Community Hospital Registered Nurse Beaver Dam
    Dean Health Systems Clinical Triage Nurse Family Medicine
    Dean Health Systems Registered Nurse 3
    Dean Health Systems Registered Nurse Sun Prairie
    Dept of Corrections Registered Nurse Oregon
    Dept of Corrections Registered Nurse Portage
    Dept of Health Services - Central Wisconsin Center Nurse Clinician
    Dept of Health Services - Central Wisconsin Center Nurse Clinician 2
    Dept of Health Services - Central Wisconsin Center Registered Nurse 2
    Dept of Health Services - Mendota Mental Health Institute Nurse Clinician 2 3
    Dept of Health Services - Mendota Mental Health Institute Registered Nurse 5
    Divine Savior Healthcare Registered Nurse Portage 5
    Edgerton Hospital & Health Services Registered Nurse Edgerton
    Essential Health Registered Nurse Duluth MN
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Registered Nurse Fort Atkinson 2
    Good Samaritan Registered Nurse Lodi 2
    Gunderson Lutheran Hospital Registered Nurse La Crosse
    Heartland Country Village Registered Nurse Manager Black Earth
    HospiceCare Inc Registered Nurse Fitchburg 4
    KPI Home Health Registered Nurse Oconomowoc
    Maplewood Nursing Home Registered Nurse Sauk City
    Mercy Health System Registered Nurse Janesville
    Meriter Hospital Registered Nurse 4
    Mile Bluff Medical Center Registered Nurse Mauston 3
    Nazareth Health & Rehabilitation Center Registered Nurse Stoughton
    New Glarus Home Registered Nurse New Glarus
    Oakwood Village Registered Nurse 3
    Oakwood Village Registered Nurse Supervisor
    Prairie Clinic SC Registered Nurse Sauk City
    ProHealth Care Staff Registered Nurse Waukesha
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Circulating Registered Nurse Reedsburg
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Registered Nurse Reedsburg 5
    Sauk County Health Care Center Nurse Reedsburg
    Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics Registered Nurse Prairie du Sac
    Senior Life Center Registered Nurse Reedsburg
    Southwest Health Center Registered Nurse Platteville
    SSM Cancer Care Center Registered Nurse
    SSM Dean Health Registered Nurse Janesville
    SSM Health At Home Admissions Nurse
    SSM Health Dean Medical Group Registered Nurse
    St Clare Hospital & Health Services Registered Nurse Baraboo 5
    St Mary's / Dean Ventures Certified Nursing Assistant
    St Mary's / Dean Ventures Nurse
    St Mary's / Dean Ventures Registered Nurse 17
    St Mary's Care Center Nurse
    St Mary's Care Center Registered Nurse
    St Mary's Care Center Team Nurse
    Stoughton Hospital Registered Nurse Stoughton 2
    ThedaCare Circulating Nurse Appleton
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Nurse
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Registered Nurse 14
    UW Medical Foundation Registered Nurse Middleton
    VA Medical Center Registered Nurse 2
    Willows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Registered Nurse Sun Prairie

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu