Wednesday – January 16, 2019

Nursing Assistant (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences

Downtown Milwaukee, Health Education Center (HEC) at 1311 North Sixth Street in Milwaukee, Oak Creek Campus, West Allis Campus

Bilingual/Spanish option available at Downtown Milwaukee Campus

Program Code: 30-543-1

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500
West Allis Campus, 414-456-5500

Overview — Prepare for employment as an entry-level bedside caregiver in homes and healthcare facilities through this three-credit program. Classes are offered mornings, evenings and weekends. 

The coursework  focuses on introducing you to the basic nursing skills and procedures needed to assist hospital clients, nursing home residents and home health clients with their daily living activities, specialized care, and communication needs.

Success in the program is highly dependent on having a sincere concern for people; good physical and emotional health; excellent attendance record; an ability to communicate effectively with other healthcare personnel, patients, and their families; and a neat, well-groomed appearance.

Course curriculum and instruction focuses on successful preparation for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) and the state nurse aide curriculum. Graduates of the program are eligible to take part in NNAAP activities upon completion of the course; the cost for this testing is not included in course fees and tuition.


High school students may be eligible for dual enrollment to earn college credits while in high school and may have the opportunity to seek related employment.

Bilingual Option — Nursing assistant students are instructed in English, but selected sections are specific for the bilingual learner with instruction given in English and Spanish or with Spanish-language support from the Bilingual Education Center. Call 414-297-7801 for information.

Career Pathway —  This technical diploma ladders into both the 
Practical Nursing technical diploma and the Registered Nursing associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Program graduates are prepared to work for nursing homes, hospitals, home-health agencies, and private-duty practice settings. Typical job titles include nursing assistant and nurse aide, patient care assistant or PCA, and home-health aide. These positions work under the direction and supervision of licensed medical personnel, primarily registered nurses or licensed practical nurses.


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Practice principles of infection control
  • Provide safe, competent care to patients
  • Be able to identify and perform job-related procedures, with attention to detail
  • Demonstrate effective communication and observational skills
  • Work efficiently under pressure
  • Possess good listening skills with an ability to follow instructions
  • Exercise tact and patience in interactions with others


Admission Requirements Please view the following documents:

Pre-registration checklist (PDF)
Essential Functions (PDF)
School of Health Sciences Forms
Health Examination Packet (PDF)
Criminal Background Check Process (PDF)
Student Handbook
(required reading and sign-off sheet)


A high school diploma or GED is recommended.


Possible Careers
Home Health Aide
Nurse Aide/Nursing Assistant
Patient Care Assistant

Related Programs
Practical Nursing
Registered Nursing
Medical Assistant
Renal Dialysis Technician


Start Dates: Year-round; course is offered every seven weeks.

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 


COURSE                                                                                     Credits        

NRSNA-300                Nursing Assistant ‡                                     3



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated April 2017.