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Student Satisfaction
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Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $31,008.
Nursing Assistant
Program Number: 305431
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
3 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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Estimated Tuition


$423.00 Tuition
$70.05 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$168.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    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.

    The Goodman Foundation is offering a limited number of scholarships to students who participate in a Nursing Assistant class at the Goodman South Campus. In addition, students must show proof of financial need (Badger Care, Food Share or income) or belong to an ethnic/racial underrepresented group. For questions/application inquiries, please contact Nedra Bobo-Boyles, Goodman South Campus Manager.

    Program Details

    Nursing Assistant classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • 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.


    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


  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First, Second or Summer Semester
    3 credits
  • Admission

    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).

    2. Demonstrate Reading Comprehension Requirement by ONE of the following:

    • Placement Testing (official scores from one of the following, within the last five 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 or Intro College Reading & Study Skills
    • Final grade of C or better in Communication for Health - Reading and Communication for Health - Writing.
    • 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).
      Notes: You do not need to purchase the $12 ID card that is offered. You do NOT need to purchase the Urine Drug Test (MJ17dt) for enrollment. That requirement is specific to a limited number of clinical sites. Any students who must complete the Urine Drug Testing will be notified after their class starts and provided a deadline for completion.
    2. Print and complete the Background Information Disclosure Form. Learn more about the background check process.
    3. Refer to the Nursing Assistant Program Health Requirements Checklist (pdf) (also found within your CastleBranch account). Use this document to complete the mandatory health requirements. If you are having troubles reading this pdf, please contact the School of Nursing at (608)246-6780.
      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. 

      This summer has shown us how quickly our safety can change with the evolving Delta variant and increasing COVID infection rates in our area.  It is for this reason that regardless of your clinical sites' requirements, Madison College School of Nursing has updated the health requirements for all students to include COVID vaccination to continue into this semester's clinical courses and beyond. Please view Frequently Asked Questions for further details.

      Please ensure that your CastleBranch accounts are up to date and include documentation of both doses of the vaccine (or the one Johnson and Johnson).

    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 $15/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 an email notifying you are approved to register. If you receive a rejection on your Influenza immunization, please contact the School of Nursing.

    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.
    • Other required supplies to purchase: Uniform, shoes, watch with second hand, etc. (See dress code in Nursing Assistant program student handbook)
    • 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 Start College Now, 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 Start College Now? Please contact Early College Programs and Partnerships at (608) 243-4595.

  • Career Outcomes

    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.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 672 629 598
      Number of Surveys Sent 670 621 585
      Number of Surveys Returned 430 421 296
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 277 282 223
      Percent Available for Employment 80.5% 82.7% 75.3%
      Not in Labor Market 153 134 69
      Percent Not in Labor Market 44.5% 39.3% 23.3%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 261 260 205
      Percent of Graduates Employed 94.2% 92.2% 91.9%
      Employed in Related Occupation 175 182 164
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 67.0% 70.0% 80.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 81 74 37
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 31.0% 28.5% 18.0%
      Employed - No Response 5 4 4
      Percent Employed - No Response 1.9% 1.5% 2.0%
      Seeking Employment 16 22 18
      Percent Seeking Employment 5.8% 7.8% 8.1%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.6 3.6
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 342 338 292
      Very Satisfied (4) 200 203 192
      Percent Very Satisfied 58.5% 60.1% 65.8%
      Satisfied (3) 131 127 94
      Percent Satisfied 38.3% 37.6% 32.2%
      Unsatisfied (2) 2 4 4
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.6% 1.2% 1.4%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 9 4 2
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 2.6% 1.2% 0.7%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 427 418 296
      Preparation for Getting a Job 95 96 89
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 22.2% 23.0% 30.1%
      Career Change 35 32 39
      Percent Career Change 8.2% 7.7% 13.2%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 14 10 7
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 3.3% 2.4% 2.4%
      Preparation for Further Education 265 263 151
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 62.1% 62.9% 51.0%
      Personal Interest 14 12 9
      Percent Personal Interest 3.3% 2.9% 3.0%
      Other 4 5 1
      Percent Other 0.9% 1.2% 0.3%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 237 253 201
      Before Enrollment 60 77 46
      Percent Before Enrollment 25.3% 30.4% 22.9%
      While Attending the College 51 54 45
      Percent While Attending the College 21.5% 21.3% 22.4%
      After Training at the College 126 122 110
      Percent After Training at the College 53.2% 48.2% 54.7%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 264 265 209
      In College District 193 211 152
      Percent In College District 73.1% 79.6% 72.7%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 52 41 44
      Percent of In Wisconsin 19.7% 15.5% 21.1%
      Outside of Wisconsin 7 6 4
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 2.7% 2.3% 1.9%
      Employer Location Unknown 12 7 9
      Percent Location Unknown 4.5% 2.6% 4.3%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 51 61 46
      Average Monthly Wage $2,463 $2,550 $2,584
      Average Hourly Wage $14.32 $14.83 $15.03
      Average Work Hours per Week 41.8 40.5 40.7
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 102 96 93
      Average Hourly Wage $13.51 $14.28 $14.84
      Average Work Hours per Week 20.1 22.3 22.3
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Access Community Health Center Dental Registar
      Agrace HospiceCare Caregiver Fitchburg
      Agrace HospiceCare Certified Nursing Assistant Fitchburg 2
      Alden Estates Of Jefferson Nursing Assistant Jefferson
      Alden Estates Of Jefferson Certified Nursing Assistant Jefferson 2
      All Saints Healthcare Resident Assistant 2
      Attic Angel Place Certified Resident Services Assistant Middleton
      Attic Angel Place Certified Nursing Assistant Middleton 3
      Attic Angel Place Residential Support Assistant Middleton
      BeeHive Homes of Mount Horeb Personal Care Assistant Mount Horeb
      BeeHive Homes Of Oregon Nursing Assistant Oregon
      BeeHive Homes Of Oregon Certified Nursing Assistant Oregon
      Brightstar Healthcare Certified Nursing Assistant Janesville
      Capitol Lakes Retirement Community Resident Assistant
      Capitol Lakes Retirement Community Certified Nursing Assistant
      Capri Senior Communities Caregiver Whitewater
      Cedar Community Certified Nursing Assistant West Bend
      Central Wisconsin Center Certified Nursing Assistant
      Columbia County Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Wyocena
      Comfort Keepers Certified Nursing Assistant Fitchburg
      Consumer Direct Network Caregiver Hudson
      Crossroads Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Sun Prairie
      Divine Savior Healthcare Certified Nursing Assistant Portage 5
      Divine Savior Healthcare Health Unit Coordinator Portage
      Divine Savior Healthcare Resident Assistant Portage 2
      Fairhaven Senior Services Certified Nursing Assistant Whitewater 3
      Fairhaven Senior Services Nursing Assistant Whitewater
      Fort Health & Rehabilitation Certified Nursing Assistant Fort Atkinson
      GT Independence Caregiver Milwaukee
      Heritage Senior Living Certified Nursing Assistant Middleton
      Home Again Assisted Living Nursing Assistant Cambridge
      Ingleside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Certified Nursing Assistant Mount Horeb
      Kettle Park Senior Living Certified Nursing Assistant Stoughton
      Lake Mills Health Services Certified Nursing Assistant Lake Mills
      London Lodge LLC Certified Nursing Assistant Cambridge
      Maplewood Nursing Home Resident Assistant Sauk City
      Marquardt Memorial Manor Certified Nursing Assistant Watertown 2
      Marshfield Clinic Nursing Assistant Marshfield
      Mayo Clinic Patient Care Assistant Eau Claire
      Mendota Mental Health Institute Psychiatric Care Technician/CNA
      Mercy Health System Certified Nursing Assistant Janesville 3
      Meriter Hospital Nursing Assistant 2
      Meriter Hospital Certified Nursing Assistant 2
      Milton Senior Living Certified Nursing Assistant Milton 3
      Montello Care Center Nursing Assistant Montello
      Nazareth Health & Rehabilitation Center Certified Nursing Assistant Stoughton 2
      Oak Park Place of Madison Certified Nursing Assistant 4
      Oakwood Village Resident Assistant 3
      Oakwood Village Nursing Assistant
      Oakwood Village Certified Nursing Assistant 8
      Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin Certified Nursing Assistant Pewaukee
      Our House Lead Resident Care Assistant Reedsburg
      Palmetto Family Healthcare Certified Nursing Assistant Santa Rosa Beach FL
      ProHealth Care Certified Nursing Assistant Waukesha
      Prohealth Care Medical Assistant Oconomowoc
      Public Health COVID-19 Response Specialist
      Reedsburg Area Medical Center Patient Care Reedsburg
      Reedsburg Area Medical Center Certified Nursing Assistant Reedsburg
      Reedsburg Area Medical Center Certified Medical Assistant Reedsburg
      Reedsburg Area Senior Life Center Certified Nursing Assistant Reedsburg
      REM Health of Wisconsin Inc Direct Care Professional
      Rise Up Inc Personal Care Provider
      Sauk County Health Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Reedsburg 2
      Sauk Prairie Health Care Acute Care CNA Prairie du Sac
      Senior Helper Caregiver 2
      Senior Helper Certified Nursing Assistant
      Shorehaven Health & Rehabilitation Center Certified Nursing Assistant Oconomowoc 3
      Skaalen Retirement Services Certified Nursing Assistant Stoughton 2
      SSM Health Certified Nursing Assistant 3
      SSM Health Medical Assistant Wisconsin Dells
      SSM Health Nursing Assistant
      St Clare Hospital & Health Services Certified Nursing Assistant Baraboo 2
      St Clare Meadows Care Center Certified Nursing Assistant Baraboo
      Teachers On Call Substitute Teacher Bloomington MN
      The Legacy of DeForest Resident Assistant DeForest 2
      The Meadows Resident Care Assistant Fall River
      Three Pillars Center for Health and Rehabilitation Certified Nursing Assistant Dousman
      Unity Point Health-Meriter Certified Nursing Assistant
      Unity Point Health-Meriter Nursing Assistant 2
      Upland Hills Health Center Certified Nursing Assistant Dodgeville
      UW - Oshkosh Certified Nursing Assistant Oshkosh
      UW Health Radiology Technician Assistant
      UW Health Nursing Assistant
      UW Health Hospital & Clinics Emergency Department Coordinator
      UW Health Hospital & Clinics Medical Assistant 2
      UW Health Hospital & Clinics Nursing Assistant 4
      UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Nursing Assistant 5
      UW Medical Foundation Medical Assistant
      VA Medical Center Certified Nursing Assistant 2
      VA Medical Center Nursing Assistant
      Waunakee Manor Certified Nursing Assistant Waunakee
      Waunakee Manor Certified Nursing Assistant Lodi
      Welcome Home Nursing Nursing Assistant Oberlin OH
      Winnebago Mental Health Psychiatric Care Technician Oshkosh

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Contact the School of Nursing

Madison Truax Campus
Health Building, 103

1705 Hoffman Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm (Virtual)
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