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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