School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nursing Assistant

Less Than One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 305431


The Nursing Assistant program at Madison College prepares students for employment as nursing assistants. Students learn:

  • Communication skills
  • Basic nursing and personal care skills
  • Client rights
  • Care of clients with dementia

Please note that prior to registration, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required immunizations. Please see the Admission tab for details about these registration requirements.

The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as a nurse aide training program. 

This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.

Program Details

Nursing Assistant classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Madison - Downtown
  • Madison - South
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Portage
  • Reedsburg
  • Watertown

100 percent attendance is mandatory for all portions of this course. Please disregard any statements that portions of this course are optional.

This course may be available in hybrid format.

Be sure to understand the essential functions necessary for Nursing Assistant courses.

All registration requirements listed below must be complete, prior to enrolling in a Nursing Assistant course.

1. Create a Madison College Student Account (if you do not already have one).

After creating your student account, activate your myMadisonCollege login; this gives you access to your Madison College email, Student Center and Blackboard accounts.

2. Demonstrate Reading Comprehension Requirement by ONE of the following:

  • Placement Testing (official scores from one of the following, within the last two years): COMPASS-Reading 60, Accuplacer Reading-60, Next Generation Accuplacer, 240, Reading ASSET-Reading 35, or ACT-Reading 13
  • College-level English course with a grade of C or better. If you completed your English course at another college, you must submit official transcripts
  • Final grade of C or better in Academic Reading 5/6 or College Reading Strategies
  • Official transcripts reflecting completion of two-year Technical Diploma, associate degree, or higher

Questions on how to submit your transcripts or test scores? Please contact our Enrollment Center at (608) 246-6210.

Need ESL support? Please contact the School of Academic Advancement at (608) 246-2378.

3. Background Check and Health Screening

  1. Purchase and create an account on CastleBranch, using Package Code MJ17. The cost for the background check and health screening document manager is $68.00 (subject to change).
    Note: you do not need to purchase the $12 ID card that is offered.
  2. Print and complete the Background Information Disclosure Form. Learn more about the background check process.
  3. Refer to the (also found within your CastleBranch account). Use this document to complete the mandatory health requirements. 
    Note: depending on your vaccination history, you may need updated immunizations or titers (blood draws) to demonstrate your immunity. Tuberculosis (TB) testing may take up to four clinic visits.
  4. Scan, save and upload your complete Background Information Disclosure (BID) and Health Screening forms to your CastleBranch account; be sure to include any supporting lab reports or immunization documentation. For assistance with scanning and uploading your documents, please visit any campus library.
  5. Health/accident insurance is required to take this course. If you do not have your own comprehensive health insurance, you may purchase student accident insurance. The accident insurance is $23/semester.
  6. After uploading the required documents, be sure to check your email account for any 'to do' messages from CastleBranch. Read your background check results carefully.
    Questions on the status of your documents? Please contact CastleBranch at (888) 666-7788.
  7. When all requirements in your CastleBranch account are marked complete, you will receive a message in your Madison College account notifying you are approved to register. If you receive a rejection on your Influenza immunization, please contact the School of Health Education.

Important Information

  • Log in to the Blackboard course site at least three days prior to your first day of class to familiarize yourself
  • You are not allowed to miss any class, lab or clinical time. Do not register for a course if you expect any absences.
  • Purchase your textbook and Nursing Assistant Supply Kit from the bookstore or regional campus front office, no later than the first day of class.
  • Solid-color scrubs and clean impermeable shoes are required for lab and clinical.
  • If you need to drop the course, you must do so before the first day to receive a full refund.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age prior to the first day of class. Some clinical sites require you to be 17 or 18 years old; this will be noted in course details. 

In high school? If you are taking a nursing assistant course through your high school or through Youth Options, there are additional steps to this process. Please see your school representative for more information. All requirements listed above are still required prior to enrollment.

Questions about Youth Options? Please contact Center for Career and College Transitions (608) 259-2974.


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.

First, Second or Summer Semester


Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant program, students are eligible for competency testing for the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry. Placement on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry is required for employment.

Students who successfully complete the Nursing Assistant course will be prepared to:

  • Communicate and interact effectively with clients, family and co-workers.
  • Provide care that shows recognition of client rights and the role of state and federal agencies regarding abuse, neglect and misappropriation.
  • Report and record observations promptly and accurately to proper persons. 
  • Incorporate into practice the ethical and legal responsibilities of the NA/HHA.
  • Provide safe care to a diverse population, meeting personal, physical and psychosocial client needs.
  • Assist with client rehabilitation and restorative care, promoting independence.
  • Provide for resident personal care and hygiene.
  • Assist clients with long-term, disabling conditions including dementia, always focusing on the strengths of the client.
  • Care for clients under licensed supervision.
  • Take the WI NA Competency evaluation.

Graduates of the Nursing Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College can seek employment as the following:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Nurse Aide
  • Home Health Aide
  • Psychiatric Aide

Upon successful competency testing, Nursing Assistants may find employment in:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospices

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Program Costs:
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 809 789 787
    Number of Surveys Sent 809 788 785
    Number of Surveys Returned 618 567 557
    Percent of Surveys Returned 76.40% 72.00% 71.00%
    Available for Employment 380 411 376
    Percent Available for Employment 73.60% 82.00% 75.40%
    Not in Labor Market 238 156 173
    Percent Not in Labor Market 46.10% 31.10% 34.70%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 343 374 349
    Percent of Graduates Employed 90.30% 91.00% 92.80%
    Employed in Related Occupation 235 249 233
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 68.50% 66.60% 66.80%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 107 120 111
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 31.20% 32.10% 31.80%
    Employed - No Response 1 5 5
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.30% 1.30% 1.40%
    Seeking Employment 37 37 27
    Percent Seeking Employment 9.70% 9.00% 7.20%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.5 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 514 498 499
    Very Satisfied 270 296 277
    Percent Very Satisfied 52.50% 59.40% 55.50%
    Satisfied 228 182 211
    Percent Satisfied 44.40% 36.50% 42.30%
    Unsatisfied 6 6 7
    Percent Unsatisfied 1.20% 1.20% 1.40%
    Very Unsatisfied 10 14 4
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 1.90% 2.80% 0.80%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 616 566 556
    Preparation for Getting a Job 122 125 134
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 19.80% 22.10% 24.10%
    Career Change 58 57 42
    Percent Career Change 9.40% 10.10% 7.60%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 18 13 27
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 2.90% 2.30% 4.90%
    Preparation for Further Education 368 340 328
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 59.70% 60.10% 59.00%
    Personal Interest 36 31 24
    Percent Personal Interest 5.80% 5.50% 4.30%
    Other 14 0 1
    Percent Other 2.30% 0.00% 0.20%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 339 368 343
    Before Enrollment 82 103 107
    Percent Before Enrollment 24.20% 28.00% 31.20%
    While Attending the College 54 60 67
    Percent While Attending the College 15.90% 16.30% 19.50%
    After Training at the College 203 205 169
    Percent After Training at the College 59.90% 55.70% 49.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 345 374 357
    In College District 249 242 252
    Percent In College District 72.20% 64.70% 70.60%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 67 93 60
    Percent of In Wisconsin 19.40% 24.90% 16.80%
    Outside of Wisconsin 8 6 7
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 2.30% 1.60% 2.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 21 33 38
    Percent Location Unknown 6.10% 8.80% 10.60%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 62 82 57
    Average Monthly Wage $2,120 $2,213 $2,305
    Average Hourly Wage $12.33 $12.86 $13.40
    Average Work Hours per Week 40.4 40 40.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 152 146 144
    Average Hourly Wage $12.66 $13.04 $13.30
    Average Work Hours per Week 21.4 21 20.8
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 613 2,304
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 1,229 3,408
    Total Jobs 1,842 5,712
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Aeropostale Sales Associate
    Agrace Hospice Certified Nursing Assistant Baraboo
    Artisan Senior Living Community Resident Assistant Middleton 2
    Aster Assisted Living Community Certified Nursing Assistant Cottage Grove
    Aster Memory Care Alzheimers Specialist Cottage Grove
    At Home Again Assisted Living Resident Assistant Cambridge
    Attic Angel Place Certified Nursing Assistant Middleton 3
    Beckie Resident Assistant
    Beloit Memorial Hospital Certified Nursing Assistant Beloit
    Benedictine Living Community Certified Nursing Assistant La Crosse
    Black Hawk Senior Residence Certified Nursing Assistant Fort Atkinson
    Brightstar Healthcare Certified Nursing Assistant 5
    Brightstar Healthcare Certified Nursing Assistant Onalaska
    Brightstar Healthcare Certified Nursing Assistant Portage
    Brookdale Senior Living Certified Nursing Assistant Lodi
    Capitol Lakes Retirement Community Certified Nursing Assistant 4
    Capitol Lakes Retirement Community Resident Assistant
    Catalyst Home Health Certified Nursing Assistant 3
    Columbia County Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Wyocena 2
    Columbus Center Certified Nursing Assistant Columbus
    Comfort Care Live-In Aid Caregiver
    Community Living Alliance Certified Nursing Assistant/Caregiver
    Community Living Alliance Personal Care Provider
    Countryside Home - Jefferson Activity Therapist Jefferson
    Countryside Home - Jefferson Certified Nursing Assistant Jefferson 5
    Denver Health Certified Nursing Assistant Denver CO
    Divine Savior Healthcare Certified Nursing Assistant Portage 4
    Eastcastle Place Certified Nursing Assistant Milwaukee
    Edgerton Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Edgerton
    Evansville Manor Certified Nursing Assistant Evansville
    Fairhaven Retirement Community Certified Nursing Assistant Whitewater 6
    Family Works Program Support Specialist
    Fiscal Assistant Home Health Aide DeForest
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Certified Nursing Assistant Fort Atkinson 2
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Unit Coordinator/Nursing Assistant Fort Atkinson
    Gammex Rmi Direct Support Professional Middleton
    Good Samaritan Certified Nursing Assistant Lodi
    Greenway Manor Certified Nursing Assistant Spring Green 3
    Hamilton Park Caregiver Portage
    Heartland Country Village Certified Nursing Assistant Black Earth
    Heritage Senior Living Resident Assistant Monona
    Hillview Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant La Crosse
    Home Instead Certified Nursing Assistant Rochester MN
    HospiceCare Inc Certified Nursing Assistant Fitchburg
    Ingleside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Certified Nursing Assistant Mount Horeb
    Lake Country Health & Rehabilitation Certified Nursing Assistant Oconomowoc
    Lakeview At Millpond Medicine Technician Westfield
    Lodi Good Samaritan Center Certified Nursing Assistant Lodi
    Lodi School District Special Education Teacher Lodi
    London Lodge LLC Certified Nursing Assistant Cambridge
    Maplewood Nursing Home Certified Nursing Assistant Sauk City 4
    Marquardt Memorial Manor Certified Nursing Assistant Watertown 5
    Marquardt Memorial Manor Nursing Assistant Watertown
    Marquardt Memorial Manor Resident Assistant Watertown 2
    Marshfield Clinic Certified Nursing Assistant Marshfield
    MCFI Home Care Home Health Aide Milwaukee
    Meadows Assisted Living Resident Asssistant Spring Green
    Medical Associates of Baraboo Certified Nursing Assistant Baraboo
    Meriter Hospital Certified Nursing Assistant 6
    Meriter Hospital Nursing Assistant 2
    Midwest Home Care LLC Certified Nursing Assistant Monona
    Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital Patient Care Associate Franklin
    Monroe Heath Center Certified Nursing Assistant Monroe
    New Glarus Home Certified Nursing Assistant New Glarus 2
    New Perspective Certified Nursing Assistant Sun Prairie
    New Vision Theater Movie Theater Worker Fitchburg
    Noel Manor Certified Nursing Assistant Verona 2
    Noel Manor Marketing Director Verona
    Northwestern Medicine Health Unit Coordinator Winfield IL
    Oak Park Place of Madison Activities Assistant
    Oak Park Place of Madison Certified Nursing Assistant 5
    Oak Park Place of Madison Team Lead Certified Nursing Assistant
    Oakwood Village Certified Nursing Assistant 5
    Oakwood Village Resident Assistant
    Oregon Manor Nursing Home Certified Nursing Assistant Oregon
    Our House Residential Care Assistant Portage
    Pine Valley Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center Certified Nursing Assistant Richland Center
    Recover Health Certified Nursing Assistant 2
    Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service Certified Nursing Assistant Reedsburg
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Certified Nursing Assistant Reedsburg 2
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Cosmetologist/Certified Nursing Assistant Reedsburg
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Pharmacy Technician Reedsburg
    Rock Haven Certified Nursing Assistant Janesville
    Sauk County Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Reedsburg
    Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics Emergency Department Technician Prairie du Sac
    Self-Employed Activity Director (Self-Employed) Blue Mounds
    Senior Life Center Certified Nursing Assistant Reedsburg
    Shorehaven Health & Rehabilitation Center Certified Nursing Assistant Oconomowoc
    Skaalen Retirement Services Certified Nursing Assistant Stoughton 4
    Small Wonders Learning Center Childcare Worker Milton
    Society's Assests Personal Care Worker Elkhorn
    Specialized Medical Staffing Certified Nursing Assistant
    SSM Health Certified Nursing Assistant
    SSM Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant
    SSM Health Care Of Wisconsin Certified Nursing Assistant
    St Clare Hospital & Health Services Certified Nursing Assistant Baraboo 6
    St Clare Hospital & Health Services Nursing Assistant Baraboo
    St Clare Hospital & Health Services Saint Clare Meadows Baraboo
    St Coletta of Wisconsin Assistant Residential Coordinator Jefferson
    St Coletta of Wisconsin Direct Support Professional Jefferson
    St Mary's / Dean Ventures Certified Nursing Assistant 3
    St Mary's Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant 4
    Stoughton Hospital Certified Nursing Assistant Stoughton
    Sun Prairie Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Sun Prairie 2
    Sunset Ridge Assisted Living Certified Nursing Assistant Johnson Creek
    Sylvan Crossings Certified Nursing Assistant Fitchburg 2
    Sylvan Crossings Certified Nursing Assistant Waunakee
    The Center at Northridge Certified Nursing Assistant Wesminster CO
    The Jefferson Certified Nursing Assistant Middleton
    The Villa Certified Nursing Assistant Middleton
    ThedaCare Certified Nursing Assistant Neenah
    Tudor Oaks Certified Nursing Assistant Muskego
    United Cerebral Palsy Respite Care Provider
    United Hospital System Emergency Department Technician Pleasant Prairie
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Anesthesia Technician
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Medical Assistant 2
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Nursing Assistant 4
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Electrocardiogram Technician
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Intern
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Medical Assistant
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Nurse Assistant 2
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Nursing Assistant 3
    VA Medical Center Certified Nursing Assistant 3
    Watertown Memorial Hospital Certified Nursing Assistant Watertown 2
    Waunakee Manor Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Deforest
    Waunakee Manor Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Waunakee
    Willow Pointe Certified Nursing Assistant Verona

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