Wisconsin Schools with CNA Training Programs
Wisconsin students can become certified nursing assistants (CNAs) by completing training programs at one of several technical colleges in the state. CNA programs include classroom, laboratory and clinical coursework and prepare students to take certification exams. Programs may take less than a year to complete and typically award a diploma upon completion.
Read about two of the larger technical colleges in Wisconsin that provide CNA programs. Find details about coursework and program duration. Get helpful facts about each of these schools in the table.
- Milwaukee Area Technical College is located directly in downtown Milwaukee. The nurse assistant diploma program is offered by the college's School of Health Sciences.
- Madison Area Technical College's Center for Health and Safety Education offers a 1-year nurse assistant training program. The college is based in Madison.
Comparison of Schools
It is often helpful to review all aspects of a school when choosing a CNA training program. Read below to find statistics regarding each school's population, admissions rate, tuition, financial aid and retention and graduation rates.
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Madison Area Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||14,012||15,410|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*||$4,491 (in-state)
| $4,341 (in-state)
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||73%||62%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100% (open admissions)||100% (open admissions)|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||51%||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate*||11% (students beginning 2014)||21% (students beginning 2011)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College is a 2-year school with four campuses. In addition to day, evening and weekend classes, the college offers approximately 200 certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs in various areas of study, including CNA training.
Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
This 3-credit program focuses on basic nursing concepts. The curriculum includes lectures, labs and clinical studies. Graduates gain the skills they need to assist home care and nursing home patients with routine tasks and special needs. Applicants must submit to a health examination and a criminal background check.
Graduates are prepared for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP). Once students pass this agency's written, oral and skills exams, their name is added to the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry of CNAs. Successful graduates can find employment with hospitals, private practices, nursing homes and home care provider agencies.
Madison Area Technical College
Madison Area Technical College is a 2-year public college with five campus locations and a student enrollment of over 15,000. The college offers more than 140 certificate, associate's degree and transfer programs. It awards a diploma for those seeking to become nursing assistants.
Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Students learn to work with patients who have mental illnesses; understand personal care essentials; and comfortably communicate with patients, their family members, aides and other healthcare providers. Students in this 120-clock-hour program also build fundamental nursing skills. In addition to the in-class program, students complete a patient care clinical practicum. 100% attendance is mandatory for all portions, though a hybrid format is available.
Graduates of this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-approved program are qualified to sit for the NNAAP examinations. They may also pursue the school's other nurse training programs.