Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant

Technical Diploma

Many are attracted to a career in nursing because they have a desire to directly help patients, providing the most basic care and comfort. In reality, however, the patient’s main caregiver is typically a nursing assistant rather than a nurse.

A Closer Look

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work under the supervision of a nurse and assist with the most basic personal needs of patients, helping them maintain dignity and endure a difficult time in their lives. This includes feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, and moving patients. CNAs also examine patients for bruises and other wounds, take vital signs, and answer patient calls.

Nursing assistants serve as important conduits between patients and their nurses and doctors. They record and communicate all issues to medical staff, making great communication skills essential to their work.

What You'll Learn

The Nursing Assistant program at Mid-State provides hands-on learning that prepares students to assist in the care of patients in hospitals, extended care facilities, and home care situations.

This 120-hour program includes online learning, campus lab experiences, and a 40-hour clinical practicum working with patients and residents. Skills labs ensure students have opportunities to practice skills under the supervision of experienced professionals. Personal care and emotional support of patients are always primary considerations. Upon completion of the course, students may choose to take the state certification exam.


  • Caregiver
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Hospice Aide
  • Personal Care Worker (PCW)

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Nursing Assistant program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our instructors!


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $454.23
  • Books: $165.65
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $265.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $884.88

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid.

Wiscaregiver Career Program

In an effort to attract and retain more nursing home caregivers, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched an innovative program called the WisCaregiver Career Program. DHS has received federal approval to move forward with the more than $2.3 million investment to implement the WisCaregiver Career Program, designed to add approximately 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce, in this high-demand field.

DHS is partnering with the Wisconsin Technical College System and others to implement this program. This program will provide Nursing Assistant training at little to no expense to those who qualify. To learn more about the program, visit the WisCaregiver page on the DHS website.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
30543300 Nursing Assistant 3.00
(3 Credits)
Total Credits: 3