The Nursing Petition Process Overview

A.      Due to the high demand for the Nursing program, BTC is currently accepting applications only from BTC district residents (Rock and Green Counties).

B.     Pre-Petition Requirements:

Complete the Admission Process to Blackhawk Technical College.


Course Requirements:


1.   Chemistry – One year of high school chemistry with lab OR one semester of college chemistry with lab with a grade of C or better.


Acceptable BTC Courses:

a)      Chemistry Prep – 856-787 OR

b)      General Chemistry – 806-134 OR

c)      General, Organic, and Biochemistry – 806-199

2.       Written Communication with a grade of B- or better

3.       General Anatomy & Physiology with a grade of B- or better

4.       Advanced Anatomy & Physiology with a grade of B- or better


Additional Requirements:

5.    Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score at the “Proficiency level”.   Please refer to the website for additional information.

6.    Basic Nursing Assistant completed.

The Basic Nursing Assistant course must be completed within 5 years of petitioning to the Nursing Program.  Exceptions will be considered for those who are or have been employed as a Nurse Assistant.  This will go into effect with the Fall 2017 petition.

7.   Attendance at a mandatory informational meeting. Student must attend a petition meeting within (12) months prior to the week they petition.  Check the BTC website for dates and times.

If you completed any of the general education classes (Written Communication, General Anatomy & Physiology, and Advanced Anatomy and Physiology) prior to Fall 2012 and passed with a "C" you're grandfathered in as an acceptable minimum.  After fall 2017, you will NO LONGER be grandfathered in and will have to have a "B-" or higher on all the courses stated above.

C.    Petition Dates:  The nursing program accepts petitions only twice a year.  The weeks when petitions will be accepted are the 1st week in February (for Fall admission) and the 1st week in June (for Spring admission). No petitions will be accepted outside of those dates.  Part of the petition process involves mandatory attendance at a petition question and answer session. 


See below for dates of upcoming meetings:


Petition Information Dates are:

April 9, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in room 2603 Central Campus

April 9, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in room 415 Monroe Campus

May 14, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in room 2603 Central Campus

May 14, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in room 415 Monroe Campus 



Upcoming Petition Periods:


First week in June (June 1-5, 2015) for January 2016 admission; first week in February 2016 (February 2-6, 2016) for August 2016 admission. 


Nursing Verification of Occupational Experience 




TEAS Assessment Dates:


April 24, 2015 - 1:00 PM

May 19, 2015 - 5:00 PM

June 29, 2015 - 9:00 AM

July 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM


TEAS Preparation Workshops


The Learning Center is providing workshops to help students prepare to take the TEAS test necessary for admission to the nursing program.  Each series of workshops will touch on one of the following subjects: Reading/Writing, Math or Science.  All of these subject areas are included in the TEAS test.  The schedule of available workshops is listed below.  For more information contact Kent Marsden at 608-743-4429.


 Workshop Calendar

D.   Additional requirements prior to beginning any nursing program clinical courses:

1.      Complete an online Caregiver Background Check.  In accordance with Wisconsin Caregiver Background law, applicants with criminal history may be denied placement at clinical affiliate sites.   Additionally, legislative code rules state that a graduate may have difficulty obtaining a license if they have an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to nursing practice.  The program administrator is available to discuss concerns in this area.  You may also visit the Department of Safety and Professional Services for more information.


2.      Completion of Background Information Disclosure Form (BID): You will be asked to disclose all criminal events in your background.  If you submit a form that does not disclose all criminal activity it may preclude the student from being able to complete the program.  Any crime relating to the use of violence, drugs, theft or any kind of fraud will limit your ability to register for particular clinical sections.  It may preclude you from being able to complete the nursing program altogether. 

3.      Current completion of an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider level CPR course.

4.      Completion of a health screening including a physical examination and immunization records.  Required immunizations include Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Tetanus and Diphtheria.

5.      A yearly flu vaccine is required for all students enrolled in nursing courses.  

6.       2-step Tuberculosis (TB) skin test within 3 months of starting clinical courses and repeated every year is required.  The QuantiFERON Gold TB test is good for 1 year but may not be covered by all insurance companies.  Proof of chest X-ray is required if skin testing is not an option.

7.      Complete a Functional Abilities Form  This form outlines the physical and mental skills and abilities necessary to become a registered nurse with or without accommodations.

8.      Sign an “Acknowledgement of risks/acceptance of responsibility agreement and release” form.