Nursing Assistant

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Oak Creek Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 30-543-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Bilingual, Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: Year-round

About the Nursing Assistant Diploma


Bilingual (Spanish) section may be offered

To become an entry-level bedside caregiver, you will learn basic nursing skills and procedures to assist others with their daily living activities and specialized care needs. This program can fulfill the Nursing Assistant training requirement for admission into MATC’s nursing programs.

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

Program graduates are prepared to work for nursing homes, hospitals, home-health agencies, and private-duty practice settings.

This technical diploma ladders into both the Practical Nursing technical diploma and the Registered Nursing associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for details.

Additional program details: Prepare for employment as an entry-level bedside caregiver in homes and healthcare facilities, working under the direction and supervision of licensed medical personnel, primarily registered nurses or licensed practical nurses.

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.

Related Programs

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Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program exposes you to a variety of classroom and clinical experiences to prepare you for employment in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare settings. Upon program completion, you will be eligible to take the licensure exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Nursing Assistant training is required prior to petitioning for this program.

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Registered Nursing

Prepare for a registered nursing career at MATC. Theory and lab courses on campus set the foundation for your clinical practice. Simulation and guided practice in clinical settings further prepare you for practice as an RN. Graduates are eligible to take the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN).

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
NRSNA-300 Nursing Assistant ‡ 3



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

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2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate and interact effectively with clients, family, and co-workers
  • Maintain and protect client rights
  • Report information and record observations
  • Demonstrate 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
  • Assist clients with long-term, disabling conditions including dementia, always focusing on the strengths of the client
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Eligible to take the WI NA Competency evaluation

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.

Possible Careers

Home Health Aide
Nurse Aide/Nursing Assistant
Patient Care Assistant

Admission Requirements


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Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 01/07/2021