Nursing Assistant

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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.
  • Gain confidence with your new skills in our state-of-the art Healthcare Simulation Center.
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.

Mid-State's Nursing Assistant program course prepares students to obtain state certification to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2022/23 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $487.68
  • Books: $67.95
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $489.50
  • Total Estimated Cost: $1,045.13

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid. Explore other ways to help pay for college.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  30543300 Nursing Assistant 3
  Term Total   3 Credits
       
  Program Total   3 Credits

Instructors

LISA WHITLEY, RN

Additional Degrees: ADN

Lisa is a registered nurse who earned her ADN from Mid-State Technical College. She also trained as an evaluator for both CBRF certification and the Wisconsin state certification examination for nursing assistant. Her clinical background includes 15 years in long-term care with an emphasis in dementia care, infection control, and wound care. She has taught in Mid-State’s Nursing Assistant program for 14+ years and is a material consultant for instructional nursing assistant videos. 

“It is a privilege to teach in Mid-State’s Nursing Assistant program, where I have the opportunity to help students be successful in what may be the first steps toward a fulfilling future in healthcare.”

Careers

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

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“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”

LUCAS LEONARD
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