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With the rapid growth of the healthcare industry, Wisconsin offers numerous career opportunities for nursing students. A vocational program is a great option for students who wish to launch their nursing careers quickly. Students can choose from a wide range of nursing vocational programs offered at over 15 community and technical colleges across Wisconsin.

Course options
Community colleges offer short, practical programs for several nursing careers. Within 12 to 18 months, students can complete a certificate program to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Students seeking a deeper foundation in nursing can study for two to three years to become a registered nurse (RN). Both nursing pathways combine clinical hands-on training and simulation learning experiences that equip students for the workplace. Both also require students to pass the relevant NCLEX licensure exam upon completion. Wisconsin’s network of community and technical colleges spans the entire state, including Milwaukee Area Technical College and Green Bay’s Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

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Career prospects
Wisconsin boasts a plethora of employment opportunities in the nursing sector. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state employs more than 56,000 RNs who command a median annual salary of $63,260. High-performing RNs, often those with a bachelor’s degree, can earn top-quartile pay of $73,350 or more. The state’s 10,000 LPNs are also competitively compensated, earning over $42,000 per annum. Wisconsin’s nurses can pursue careers with major local employers such as ProHealth Care and the Mayo Clinic.

To assist Wisconsin’s aspiring nurses, we have compiled below a list of vocational schools throughout the state that offer accredited nursing programs.

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Green Bay

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing

Madison

Madison Area Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Madison Area Technical College Madison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing

Milwaukee

Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
Waukesha County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
School City Programs offered
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma

Other Wisconsin cities

Blackhawk Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Fox Valley Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
Gateway Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lakeshore Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
Mid-State Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Moraine Park Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Nicolet College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Northcentral Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Western Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
School City Programs offered
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
Gateway Technical College Kenosha
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Hayward
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Nicolet College Rhinelander
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Northcentral Technical College Wausau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Western Technical College La Crosse
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma