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Nursing Program – Associate Degree with a Practical Nursing Exit Point

Associate of Applied Science│2 Years│68 Credits│Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, West Bend│Eligible for Financial Aid

WI Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $66,828

Welcome to Moraine Park’s ADN Program

This nursing program isn’t just a program; it’s a transformative journey toward an enriching career. Choose your path and unlock a world of endless possibilities.

Path 1: Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Complete the first two semesters, take the Practical Nursing National Council Licensure Examination, and seek employment as LPN.

Path 2: Become a Registered Nurse (RN)

Complete the full four semesters, earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses, and seek employment as RNs.

Two nursing students listening to the heartbeat of a patient dummy.

ADN Program Summary

Moraine Park’s Associate Degree in Nursing is your gateway to providing patient-centered care with unwavering integrity. Harness the power of social, mathematical, and physical sciences. Delve into the intricacies of pharmacology and pathophysiology, and elevate your clinical decision-making skills through hands-on classroom instruction, laboratory practice, and clinical nursing experiences to the next level.

But that’s not all! In today’s fast-paced healthcare world, technology is your ally. With us, you’ll master cutting-edge tools and techniques to manage data efficiently and revolutionize patient care. It’s time to embrace the future and make a difference in the lives of countless individuals.

You won’t be alone on this journey. As a Moraine Park Nursing student, you’ll become a vital part of a healthcare dream team, collaborating to provide safe and effective care that truly makes a difference.

Your nursing destiny begins here – join us on the path to a fulfilling and impactful career!

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Moraine Park Technical College at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and West Bend campuses located in Beaver Dam, WI, Fond du Lac, WI, and West Bend, WI is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.

ACEN Accredited Seal, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Moraine Park Technical College Nursing Program 2023 NCLEX Pass Rates:

  • MPTC Pass Rate: 98%
  • National Pass Rate: 88.5%
Nursing student smiling into the camera.

Admission Process

Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 4-5 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.

View and begin standard admissions steps.

This program also requires:

  • Health Requirements
  • Criminal Background Check

Petition Process Details: Students are provisionally accepted to the Nursing Program in “pre-core” status. When program ready, students go through the petition process.

If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at  admissions@morainepark.edu OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.

Petition Process

1. After Admission to MPTC

Review the health requirements linked below. Note: these can change at any time at the discretion of clinical agencies.

Find your records.

See healthcare provider for missing requirements.

2. Semester of Petition

Complete the TB and CPR Requirements.

3. Accepted to Core

Complete Drug Screen.

Upload all documents to SharePoint – Due August 1 for fall core start and January 1 for spring core start.

4. Final Check

Review your documents against the checklist below. Obtain missing documentation and upload to SharePoint by August 1 for fall core start and January 1 for spring core start.

Contact Danielle Rhoads, Student Health Records Representative with questions.

Entry-level career opportunities after passing the National Council Licensure Exam:

  • Rehabilitation Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Genetics Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Informatics Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Medical Review Nurse (Insurance Company)

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $66,828

Course Requirements

Course requirements are subject to change. Visit our catalog for up-to-date information.

Course Highlights

  • Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
  • Mental Health & Community Concepts
  • Nursing Management & Professional Concepts
  • More
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Estimated Costs

Estimated costs below are based on the 2023-2024 school year. These fees look at the cost to complete all classes. Costs, textbooks and supplies subject to change. For more details, see Cost of Attendance.


Current tuition and fees

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*Based on new books, rental, electronic, and used options may be available.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for enrollment fee information.

Additional Program Costs

Students must purchase supplies to include scrubs, stethoscope, name badge, and other supplies upon entrance into the core of the program. Students must also have an iPad or laptop (not a Chromebook) with minimum system requirements. Pre-core students do not incur these costs up front. Students will work with their advisor for details. Other costs include books, resources, and software. New, used, and rental books may be an option. Some items must be purchased new. Approximate costs are listed below and may change.


  • MPTC scrubs – $25
  • MTPC name tag – $15
  • Stethoscope – $60+
  • Watch, bandage scissors, pen light, etc. – $40+

Books and Software (used across all courses in the curriculum)

  • Semester 1 – $1,650
  • Semester 2 – $180
  • Semester 3 – Continuing: $435 OR LPN Bridge: $870
  • Semester 4 – LPN Bridge: $480

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

State Licensure Disclosure

Moraine Park’s Nursing Program has been designed to satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials of Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse set forth by the State of Wisconsin. If you are planning to apply for licensure in a state other than Wisconsin after completion of the program, please refer to the information below or contact the other state’s appropriate Board of Nursing to determine whether the Moraine Park program meets licensure requirements in that state.

List of US States and Territories that have not approved MPTC’s Nursing Program:

California (CA)
District of Columbia (DC)
Massachusetts (MA)
Nevada (NV)
New York (NY)
Puerto Rico (PR)
Republic of Palau (PW)

Note this list is accurate at the time of publishing and may change without notice. Students are encouraged to review licensure requirements for each state in which they wish to become licensed. (Updated 6/12/2024)

Licensing Organization

Wisconsin State Board of Nursing

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.

Practical Nursing Exit must complete all courses in Semesters 1 and 2.

Job Placement Rate

This is the number of students that gain employment in the Nursing – Associate Degree with a Practical Nursing Exit Point program within six months of graduation as published in the Graduation Follow-up Report. The College annually conducts a survey with graduates six months after they graduate.

Student Michael Negrete standing next to an anatomage table.

Program Opportunities

Aggregated Data for Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend

1. Graduates’ Success on the National Council of Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN):

Expected level of achievement:

80% of first time test takes will pass on first attempt. Performance of ADN graduates will be at or above the national average on NCLEX 1st attempt.

Results: Aggregated program NCLEX-RN pass rate:

  • 2022: 78.8%
  • 2021: 86.5%
  • 2020: 90%
  • 2019: 98%
  • 2018: 99%
  • 2017: 93.6%
  • 2016: 88.3%
  • 2015: 96.97%

2. Program Completion:

Expected level of achievement:

50% or more of ADN students will complete the nursing program within 100% of program length.

*Expected level of achievement changed from 150% to 100% of program length in 2020.

Results: (academic year, July 1 through June 30)

  • 2022: 80%
  • 2021: 50.1%
  • *2020: 78.87%
  • 2019: 73%
  • 2018: 74%
  • 2017: 78.2%
  • 2016: 72.2%

3. Job Placement:

Expected level of achievement:

90% of graduates responding to survey will report employment within one year of graduation..

Results: Employment rates (academic year, July 1 through June 30)

  • 2022/2023: 100%
  • 2021/2022: 98%
  • 2020/2021: 100%
  • 2019/2020: 100%
  • 2018/2019: 100%
  • 2017/2018: 94%
  • 2016/2017: 93%
  • 2015/2016: 90%
  • This program requires all students to train at off-site agencies – external to the College. As such, students must remain compliant with both the criminal background and healthcare requirements. Falling out of compliance may prevent students from progressing in or result in administrative removal from the program.
  • Health requirements are subject to change based on external agency requirements.
  • A full list of health requirements for this program is available from your academic advisor or by contacting the Student Health Record Representative at drhoads1@morainepark.edu.

Nursing Student Voices

Many nursing students share compassion and a desire to care for others. Morgan Diels has always dreamed of becoming a nurse.

Morgan Diel kick-started her nursing career while still in high school by earning her CNA (certified nursing assistant) through Moraine Park. She graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 2021 and enrolled in Moraine Park’s Nursing program. She is set to complete her associate degree in 2024 and intends to further her education by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

“Nursing is a highly demanding career that brings new challenges everyday, but it comes with a real sense of job satisfaction,” Morgan said. “Helping people in need has a positive impact on their lives but also the community as a whole, which is equally rewarding.”

Female student in nursing outfit smiling into the camera.
Nursing student Rachelle Davis posing in front of the camera.

Moraine Park Technical College nursing student Rachelle Davis of Beaver Dam was recognized with two prestigious awards, the Wisconsin Nursing Association (WNA) Future Nursing Leader Award and the 2024 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students, on May 17 at the 2024 Nursing Pinning Ceremony in Beaver Dam.

The DAISY Award recognizes and celebrates nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion shown to patients and their families. The DAISY Foundation hopes this program will inspire and motivate students to provide the best clinical skills possible and to impact patients and families with human spirit and kindness.

The WNA awarded five Future Nursing Leader Awards this year– Davis is the first Moraine Park student to receive this distinguished award.

High school dual credit provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, without leaving their high school classroom. The courses are taught by certified high school instructors using technical college curriculum, grading policies and textbooks.

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? Applying previously earned credits to a program of study can save you both time spent in the classroom and money spent on tuition and fees.

Transferring here is easy! You can transfer in prior college work by submitting official college transcripts or get a free transcript review.

Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 4-6 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.

Our recruiters on any of the three campuses are ready to help you plan your future!