CNA Programs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Pediatric Specialization

Oct 26, 2018

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area has three colleges that offer certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs. Learn about the diploma programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools, which are all within 40 miles of the city, to make an informed education decision.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, CNA Schools

Three technical colleges in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area offer nursing assistant diploma programs designed to prepare students to qualify for the state CNA exam. CNA programs do not typically have specializations in pediatrics and thus none of these Wisconsin schools have this specialization. All these schools are within 50 minutes of downtown Milwaukee. Below is a table comparing various aspects of the three colleges, allowing prospective students to look at figures for tuition, enrollment and graduation rates.

  • The CNA diploma program is available at Gateway Technical College campuses in Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn, the most distant of which is nearly 40 miles from Milwaukee.
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College offers the nursing assistant diploma program in English and Spanish. It is located downtown.
  • CNA classes in Waukesha County Technical College's diploma program are offered on campus in a traditional classroom setting. This college is about 20 miles from downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Students should consider a number of factors when choosing a college, including costs and size. The following table offers easy access to pertinent information.

Gateway Technical College Milwaukee Area Technical College Waukesha County Technical College
School Type Two-year; public Two-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 9,166* 14,012* 7,696*
Campus Setting Midsize suburb Large city Large suburb
Tuition (2017-2018) $4,369 in-state;
$6,352 out-of-state
$4,491 in-state;
$6,174 out-of-state
$4,340 in-state;
$6,206 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016) 62%* 73%* 55%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Gateway Technical College

The nursing assistant diploma program at Gateway Technical College is offered several times a semester. Applicants must take a placement test and pass a criminal background check before entering the program.

Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma

The nursing assistant diploma program is a 120-hour course. During the first 72 hours, students take classes on patient care and work on skills, such as client bathing, dressing and feeding. Students practice these skills in the school's simulation lab using mannequins and other students for practice. The final 48 hours of the course is spent gaining supervised experience in a Milwaukee-area healthcare facility.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Students can earn a nursing assistant diploma through evening and weekend classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College's downtown, West Allis and Oak Creek campuses. A bilingual Spanish option is available at the downtown campus.

Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma

Admission to the nursing assistant diploma program at Milwaukee Area Technical College requires a health screening, a criminal background check and passing an assessment test. The three-credit course prepares students for entry-level positions in client care at long-term care facilities, hospitals and at home. Portions of the course are offered in Spanish, and support is available from the bilingual education center.

Waukesha County Technical College

Students must submit an application and pass a criminal background check and a reading skills test. Classes and labs are conducted at the downtown campus; clinical work takes place at an area long-term care facility.

Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma

This program requires 120 hours of study, divided between classroom lessons, lab practice and clinical training. Classes include lectures and DVD viewing. In the lab, students use mannequins or classmates to work on skills such as feeding and bathing clients. During clinical training, students are supervised while learning to care for patients at a long-term care facility.

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