Nursing Assistant in blue scrubs leaning up against a reflective yellow wall.

Nursing Assistants Week

Nursing assistants are the most directly responsible for helping patients, providing the most basic care and comfort. Nursing Assistants Week takes place on the second full week of June to recognize nursing assistants for the vital role they play in healthcare and our communities.

Mid-State’s Nursing Assistant technical diploma is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services as both a nurse-aide training program and competency evaluation program.

About the Nursing Assistant Program

  • Complete on any campus – Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point, or Wisconsin Rapids 
  • Finish the 3-credit Nursing Assistant program in as few as 6 weeks 
  • Start in the summer, fall, or spring terms 
  • Prepare for the state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state of Wisconsin
CNA Work Opportunities

There are many different sectors of the healthcare industry that provide an array of opportunities for Certified Nursing Assistants. 

  • Adult day care
  • Assisted living
  • Home health aide
  • Hospice
  • Hospital
  • Memory care homes
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient care center
  • Personal care aide
  • Travelling CNA
Career Pathways

Becoming a CNA is often the perfect first step to an exciting career in healthcare. Start with a Nursing Assistant technical diploma and further your education to become an LPN, RN, and more. Discover the many pathways that Nursing Assistants can pursue.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): Upon completion of the Nursing Assistant program, take the state certification exam to be a certified nursing assistant in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN): After completing the Nursing Assistant program, continue on to our two-year Nursing associate degree.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): After one year of the Nursing program, students are eligible to take the exam to become a licensed practical nurse.
  • Registered Nurse (RN): After the full two years of the Nursing program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN): Continue on to earn a bachelor's degree after completing your ADN.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Interested in furthering your education beyond a bachelor's degree? Become a nurse practitioner to expand your knowledge in the nursing profession.
Meet Our Nursing Assistant Faculty

Kathleen Orminski

Kathleen Orminski, RN
Instructor, Nursing Assistant

“I love being an instructor at Mid-State, where I not only get to provide instruction for the Nursing Assistant program but can also guide students towards future learning opportunities and provide a solid foundation towards their goals. Nursing Assistant classes are the start for many aspects of healthcare and we get to be the ones to set the stones of that foundation.” 

Lisa Whitley

Lisa Whitley, RN
Instructor and Program Director, Nursing Assistant

“Nursing assistants are an essential part of the healthcare team. Certified nursing assistants provide clear, concise instructions and information between staff and patients, which requires excellent communication skills. It is important for a nursing assistant to have a strong attention to detail when monitoring for physical or mental changes in patients. Flexibility, compassion, and empathy are personal qualities suited to the role of a nursing assistant.”

Nursing Assistant for High Schoolers

Through Mid-State Fast-Track, high school juniors and seniors can enroll in Mid-State’s Nursing Assistant program at no cost to them. Contact Recruitment to learn how to get started.

Why Nursing Assistant?

To Gain Experience

"To further gain experience and help others."
- Ashlyn

An Important First Step

"I chose the Nursing Assistant course as a stepping stone to the nursing program."
- Kendall

Passion for Caring

"I enjoy helping and caring for others."
- Samantha

Giving Back

"I chose nursing because of situations growing up so I would like to give back through nursing."
- Jordyn

Positive Influences

"I chose Nursing Assistant because my grandpa had awesome nurses, and in the future, I plan to be in the nursing field."
- Sammy

To Help Others

"I chose to become a CNA because I want to pursue a career in nursing and help other people."
- Gracie

Sights on Becoming a Nurse

"I thought it would be a good experience since I want to be a nurse and I love helping people."
- Hailee

Lifetime Impacts

"My sister and I have both spent plenty of time in the hospital and got great care from nurses, so I would like to do the same."
- Erin

Testing the Waters

“I’m using the Nursing Assistant program as a way of dipping my toe in the medical field.”
- Steven

To Make People Feel Understood

“To eventually become a psych nurse in order to help people know they are cared about and not alone.”
- Cadence

To Care for Others

“I want to help people that can’t help themselves.”
- Abbi

Improving Lives

“I love helping and making peoples’ lives better.”
- Natalie

To Help Family

“So I can learn to help my family and then continue on to nursing.”
- Madelyn

Paying it Forward

“It is part of my plan to be a nurse. I want to be a nurse so I can pay forward the kindness nurses have shown me.”
- Molly

To Become a Nurse Practitioner

“I would like to become a nurse practitioner in my future.”
- Chelsea

Happy to Help

“I love helping people and seeing them thrive, and I plan to become a nurse.”
- Emma

Exploring Healthcare

“To see how well I like the field and I enjoy helping people.”
- Tristan

Building Relationships

"I chose to become a CNA because I love building relationships with patients and taking care of people on a personal level.”
- Abby

Passionate About Helping Others

“I chose Nursing Assistant because I have always had a passion for healthcare and helping others.”
- Shylah

Planning for the Future

“I chose to become a nursing assistant to help advance and gain experience in healthcare to help people in the future.”
- Sophia

Career Goals

“To gain experience to eventually work in healthcare.”
- Samantha

Amazing Opportunities

“I am pursuing a career in the medical field, and this is an amazing opportunity for experience.”
- Ryan

Entering the Medical Field

“I chose the CNA course because I want to gain medical knowledge before entering the field.”
- Ava

Experience with Patients

“I want to become a PA in the future and being a CNA gives me that patient experience.”
- Anna

Future Nurse

“I chose to become a CNA because I want to help people and pursue a career in nursing.”
- Hannah

Seeking Opportunities

“To gain experience in the medical field and find new opportunities.”
- Will

Building a Career

“I want to pursue a career in nursing.”
- Jenna

The First Step

“It’s an important step towards getting my nursing degree and a good first experience in the field.”
- Maisie

Hospital Experience

“Because I am going to nursing school and I want to get some experience in a hospital.”
- Serena

Career Advancement

“I chose the Nursing Assistant program because I want to further my career in the medical field.”
- Cheryl

Sense of Community

“I am interested in helping the community and to find my place in the community.”
- Anette

The Fundamentals

“The Nursing Assistant program helps me understand the fundamentals of the healthcare world, and you have to understand the fundamentals before going further.”
- Maximus

Lending a Helping Hand

“I want to be a person that anyone can go to for help. I always want to be a helping hand.”
- Ryanne

Medical Field Experience

“To get more involved in the medical field and gain experience.”
- Montana

Something to Enjoy

“I chose Nursing Assistant because I enjoy getting to care for people.”
- Ella

Community Focused

“I want to help my community stay happy, safe, and health.”
- Isabel

Helping Those in Need

“I want to help those in need to the best of my ability through healthcare.”
- Brooke

To Gain Nursing Experience

“I chose to become a CNA to gain experience before continuing on to nursing.”
- Olivia

Future Nurse Practitioner

“I want to be able to help others, and also gain experience in the healthcare field to continue my education and become a nurse practitioner.”
- Leslie

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