Petition for Entry
In order to be eligible to petition this program for entry, you must apply to the college, attend an Advising, Registration, and Orientation (ARO) session, meet all program-specific eligibility requirements, and attend a Health Sciences petition meeting specific to the program you plan to petition. For more information about the petitioning process, visit the Petition Information page.
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used as part of the admission process for this program. You must include a transcript/copy of your TEAS results with your petition packet when petitioning the program for entry. This requirement will be reviewed during the petition meeting. For information regarding test scheduling and administration, visit the Placement Testing page.
Note: re-entry, transfer, and LPN Progression students are not admitted by petition. Acceptance to the program will be based upon space availability for all students.
Students must have proof of health insurance.
If your petition into the program has been accepted, you will be required to complete a criminal background check, complete the health requirements, and perform drug testing before starting clinical courses. Wisconsin law requires background checks of persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to Blackhawk Technical College Health Sciences Division students. For more information about the background check, view the Criminal Background Check Information (PDF).
In accordance with Wisconsin Caregiver Background law, applicants with a criminal history may be denied placement by clinical affiliates or ineligible for national certification examinations. Applicants with any criminal background are strongly advised to meet with the program faculty and/or program advisor.
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.
A transfer nursing student is one that has completed one (1) or more nursing courses at another Wisconsin Technical College. Click here for more information about the transfer admissions process. Also, to access the Transfer Student Academic Standing form click here. If you completed one (1) or more nursing classes at another accredited institution, you will be asked to go through the nursing petition process for entry. There will be an option once admitted through the petition process to test out of certain classes through the Credit for Prior Learning test-out option process.
Credit for Prior Learning (LPN Progression Program Process)
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 their third semester, which is offered annually in the summer semester. Click here for more information about the LPN Progression Program admissions process.