The Nursing Program

Graduates of the nursing program are prepared to function in the role of a beginning staff nurse in a variety of health care settings including acute care, long term care, and some community health care settings. The nursing program curriculum  focuses on evidence based nursing theory, skills performance, and professional practice through guided clinical experiences. General education courses form a foundation from which an understanding of nursing theory is developed. In particular, Written Communications, General Anatomy and Physiology, and Advanced Anatomy and Physiology must be completed with a grade of “B-“ or higher before beginning the nursing courses.

The Blackhawk Technical College Nursing Program is a 4 semester course including classroom, skills lab and clinical experiences. The students have the option of completing the first 2 semesters of nursing courses and taking an examination which could lead to a license as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Most students prefer to complete all 4 semesters of nursing courses which allows them to take the examination which will lead to a license as a Registered Nurse. This nursing program has been approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree Program is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). For more information about this accreditation contact: ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000; Fax (404) 975-5020;

Prospective Students

Most students looking for admission to the nursing program courses will apply to the College, prepare to petition and when ready, petition to gain entry to the nursing courses. However, reentry, transfer, and LPN Progression students are not admitted by petition. Acceptance to the program will be based upon space availability for all students.

LPN Progression Program

Licensed Practical Nurses that have been practicing for a period of time and then return to further their education are called LPN Progression students. They may receive credit for past clinical education based on their current knowledge, skills and clinical judgment. In order to help LPNs to be program ready, they will need to take a Nursing Bridge course before entering third semester. For more information about the LPN Progression Program admissions process click here  .

Re-Entry Applicant 

A re-entry student is one that has completed one (1) or more nursing courses at Blackhawk Technical College, stepped out of the nursing program, and is applying to re-enter the nursing program.  For more information about the re-entry admissions process click here.

Transfer Applicant 

A transfer nursing student is one that has completed one (1) or more nursing courses at another accredited nursing program.  For more information about the transfer admissions process click here.

Admission to the Nursing Program

The admission process is a 2 step process:

Phase 1: Apply for admission to the college.
Phase 2:
Petition for entry into the nursing courses

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • 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 health care settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must earn a ”B-“ in Written Communications, General Anatomy and Physiology, and Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and a “C” or higher in all other courses in the curriculum (nursing and general education courses).
  • Students will have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • All outstanding bills related to the student’s education must be paid in full before graduation.
  • Students must register for graduation early in their last semester. (A requirement for participating in the graduation ceremony)
  • Eligibility of students to take the NCLEX licensure examination is subject to a graduation audit.