Nursing - Associate Degree

Nursing - Associate Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Credits Required for Graduation: 70.00



The N-AD program prepares students to function within the roles of manager of client care, provider of client care, and member of the discipline of nursing. The practice of nursing includes adherence to established standards of the profession; recognizing the impact of economic, political, social, and demographic forces on health care; use of effective communication skills; use of information technology; use of the nursing process as the framework for evidence based practice; consistently demonstrating caring, respect, and cultural sensitivity in interactions with others; health teaching; collaboration; management of resources; and assisting clients and their support network to cope with aging and/or adapt to chronic health alterations. RNs provide direction and supervision for licensed and unlicensed assistive staff who carry out basic nursing care. Critical thinking, collaboration, communication and problem solving are emphasized as the core elements for the methodology. Graduates apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for RNs as licensure is required for practice.

This program is accredited by the WI Board of Nursing and by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020).

All registered nurses are required to take a national exam in order to obtain a license to practice. The national exam taken by both 2-year and 4-year registered nurses is called National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Western’s graduates have had very good success when compared to all programs nationwide as shown in the table below.


Quarter # Tstd* # Pass* Western Pass Rate
over 8 quarters (WISBON)*
National Average
NCLEX-RN
Pass Rate**
Q4, 2013 (Oct-Dec) 3 2 92% 87%
Q3, 2013 (Jul-Sep) 20 17 93% 87%
Q2, 2013 (Apr-Jun) 33 29 93% 88%
Q1, 2013 (Jan-Mar) 34 34 95% 89%
Q4, 2012 (Oct-Dec) 0 0 94% 88%
Q3, 2012 (Jul-Sep) 17 15 94% 88%
Q2, 2012 (Apr-Jun) 33 31 94% 88%
Q1, 2012 (Jan-Mar) 30 29 95% 88%

* Data retrieved from Wisconsin State Board of Nursing
** Data retrieved from National Council of State Boards of Nursing [NCSBN] website; Values include Total RN Candidates: First time, US Educated RN Candidates


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