Nursing - Associate Degree With a Practical Nursing Exit Point

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Program Number: 10-543-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, West Bend

Program Description

The Nursing - Associate Degree With a Practical Nursing Exit Point program prepares graduates for careers as nurses (LPN and/or RN) in ambulatory care settings, acute care settings and long-term care organizations, as defined by the Wisconsin Nurse Practice Act. After successfully completing the first two semesters of the program, students are eligible to write the Practical Nursing National Council Licensure Examination. At this point, students could job out and seek employment as LPNs or continue on in the remaining two semesters and prepare to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Petition selection is in spring and fall.

Students receive classroom instruction, laboratory practice and clinical nursing experiences.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (phone 1-404-975-5000) and the Wisconsin Board of Nursing (phone 1-608-267-2357).

Helpful high school courses include chemistry, biology, mathematics, reading, writing and oral communication.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $48,876

Approximate Costs


  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Fall/Spring Semester

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

  • Program Outcomes

    • Associate Degree Nursing (after completing all four semesters)
    • 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.
    • 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 health care 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.

    Career Opportunities

    • Entry level; after passing National Council Licensure Exam
    • Staff Nurse
    • Primary Nurse

    Program Applications

    Applications for admission to the Nursing - Associate Degree with a Practical Nursing Exit Point program will continue to be accepted until further notice. Please check our Application Deadlines for periodic updates.

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
    • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   
    • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    Gainful Employment

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    Clinical Admissions Requirements

    • Petition Requirements (Currently accepted pre-core nursing students, go to myMPTC Student tab for specifics.)
    • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
    • 806-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
    • 543-300 Nursing Assistant


    Number Title Crs
    Term 1
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    543-101 Nursing Fundamentals 2
    543-102 Nursing Skills 3
    543-103 Nursing Pharmacology 2
    543-104 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Practice 2
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    809-188 Developmental Psychology 3
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 18
    Term 2
    543-105 Nursing: Health Alterations 3
    543-106 Nursing: Health Promotion 3
    543-107 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan 2
    543-108 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Care Management 2
    801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
    Total 13
    Term 3
    543-109 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations 1 3
    543-110 Nursing: Mental Health and Community Concepts 2
    543-111 Nursing: Intermediate Clinical Practice 3
    543-112 Nursing: Advanced Skills 1
    806-197 Microbiology 4
    809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
    Total 16
    Term 4
    543-113 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations 2 3
    543-114 Nursing: Management and Professional Concepts 2
    543-115 Nursing: Advanced Clinical Practice 3
    543-116 Nursing Clinical Transition 2
    809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
    Total 13
    Required Elective Credits 4
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 72

    Exit Assessment

    An exit assessment is a graduation requirement for Practical Nursing Exit. Clinical evaluations are an exit assessment graduation requirement for the Associate Degree Nursing program.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    Practical Nursing Exit must complete all courses in Terms 1 and 2 including Institutional Requirements.