Registered Nursing

students working on simulated patient

Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 10-543-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Registered Nursing Degree


Prepare for a registered nursing (RN) 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 a Registered Nurse (RN). Graduates are eligible to take the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN).

Employers will expect graduates to have a plan for completing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Some BSN courses may be taken concurrently with the associate degree courses.

The Practical Nursing technical diploma ladders into this associate degree, followed by many choices for RN-BSN programs. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional details about the program: Success in the program will depend on the ability to act ethically, communicate effectively, make evidence-based clinical decisions, minimize risk of harm, and use technology to manage data and support clinical decisions.

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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Practical Nursing LPN-RN Educational Progression

If you are a licensed practical nurse interested in a career as a registered nurse, this program is for you. Your work experience may earn you advanced-standing credits. Graduates are eligible to take the RN Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN).

Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
BIOSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡
(or) BIOSCI-201 Anatomy & Physiology 1 ‡
 ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology
SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) SOCSCI-203 Introduction to Sociology
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI or HIST course
BIOSCI-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology ‡
(or) BIOSCI-202 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ‡
BIOSCI-197 Microbiology ‡ 4
CHEM-186 Introductory Biochemistry ‡ 4
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
NRSAD-101 Nursing Fundamentals ‡ 2
NRSAD-102 Nursing Skills ‡ 3
NRSAD-103 Nursing Pharmacology ‡ 2
NRSAD-104 Nursing: Introduction to Nursing Practice ‡ 2
NRSAD-105 Nursing Health Alterations ‡ 3
NRSAD-106 Nursing Health Promotion ‡ 3
NRSAD-107 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan ‡ 2
NRSAD-108 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Management ‡ 2
NRSAD-109 Nursing Complex Health Alterations 1 ‡ 3
NRSAD-110 Nursing Mental Health Community Concepts ‡ 2
NRSAD-111 Nursing Intermediate Clinical Practice ‡ 3
NRSAD-112 Nursing Advanced Skills ‡ 1
NRSAD-113 Nursing Complex Health Alterations 2 ‡ 3
NRSAD-114 Nursing Management Concepts ‡ 2
NRSAD-115 Nursing Advanced Clinical Practice ‡ 3
NRSAD-116 Nursing Clinical Transition ‡ 2



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Official Wisconsin Technical College System program title: Nursing Associate Degree.

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

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Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Fall Start: Petition for program in February

Spring start: Petition for program in September

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

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

Program Outcomes

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy and quality care
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision-making
  • Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Participate as an active member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making

Career Outlook

Employers will expect graduates to have a plan for completing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Some BSN courses may be taken concurrently with the associate degree courses. See your MATC advisor for more details.

Possible Career

Registered Nurse

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process.
Learn more about the petition process

  • PAX NLN pre-qualifying exam, score requirement is 120
  • B- or higher in the following courses:
    • BIOSCI-177* & 179* or BIOSCI-201* and 202*
    • BIOSCI-197* 
    • CHEM-186* or CHEM-207* and 208* 
  • C or higher in all other General Education courses 
  • Nursing Assistant training
  • Fall Start: Petition for program in February
  • Spring start: Petition for program in September


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acen-seal-color-web.pngThe Associate Degree Nursing program at Milwaukee Area Technical College at the Downtown Milwaukee and Mequon Campuses located in Milwaukee, WI and Mequon, WI is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000;

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is continuing accreditation.


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Last updated: 08/30/2021