Nursing Assistant

Technical Diploma
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Why choose Nursing Assistant?

  • Use your great communication skills to act as the important link between patients and their nurses and doctors.
  • Nursing assistants are the most directly responsible for helping patients, providing the most basic care and comfort.
  • This program is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services as both a nurse-aide training program and competency evaluation program.
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.

Program Locations

Adams Campus
401 North Main Street
Adams, WI 53910

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

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.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2019/2020 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $465.57
  • Books: $103.30
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $270.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $838.87

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid.

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



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


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.

Additional Resources

Accepted Nursing Assistant Student Steps

Advanced Training

Background Information Disclosure (BID) form

CastleBranch Instructions

Technical Standards Form

“Mid-State’s individualized, friendly, and thorough training led to my job as a certified nursing assistant and prepared me to enter medical school. It also made me shine among my peers and be truly comfortable caring for patients”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Nursing Assistant Pathway