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Nursing Overview

High demand. Tremendous reward. Nursing.

Enroll in CVTC’s Nursing program and enjoy an exciting and rewarding career. Within the healthcare industry, registered nurses constitute the largest healthcare occupation with over two million jobs.

Attributes of successful nurses include:

  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Desire to help and comfort others
  • Enjoy a challenge
  • Effective team player
  • Empathetic and caring
  • Enjoy science

In the Nursing program, you will learn the fundamentals of nursing and gain the following skills:

  • Patient care
  • Communications
  • Report writing and documentation
  • Patient assessment
  • Clinical skills
  • Health history
  • Oxygen administration
  • Medication administration

This program has an advanced placement entry option. Advanced placement is an opportunity for graduates of a related program to further their education. Learn more about advanced placement for this program.

Part of a career pathway, you will already have credits toward the Nursing program if you completed the Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Practical Nursing (LPN) technical diploma at CVTC. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

  RN Refresher Course

This online course provides an overview and update of nursing for Registered Nurses who are preparing to return to practice after an absence. The course is self-paced and is composed of faculty-supervised independent study modules; 25 hours skills lab review; and 100 hours of supervised clinical experience. Check out our RN Refresher Course.

Career Opportunities

Director of Nursing

Home Health RN Case Manager

Inpatient Behavioral Health Nurse

Nurse Manager

Operating Room Nurse

Registered Nurse

Graduate Employers

Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center

Dove Healthcare

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Mayo Clinic Health System

OakLeaf Clinics

Pediatric Home Service

Just the Facts

70 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire and River Falls

Program Location //
August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.


Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Financial Aid Eligible



Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 Estimated Total: $15,128

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Nursing program.

Complex Health Alterations 1
This course prepares the learner to expand knowledge from previous courses in caring for clients across the lifespan with alterations in cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and hematologic systems as well as clients with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base imbalance, and alterations in comfort.

Nursing Advanced Skills
Content includes advanced IV skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic EKG interpretation, and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion.

Complex Health Alterations 2
Students will expand knowledge and skills from previous courses in caring for clients across the lifespan with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary, and the reproductive systems.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Associate Degree


Nursing Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes


99% of our recent Nursing graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Nursing graduates reported an average starting salary of $58,111.


Regional Jobs

There are 214 job openings in the CVTC district for the Nursing industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

It was a great experience and has set me up for success in my career as a nurse. Everyone was supportive and cared about my success; which made balancing work, school, and home life easier.

Nursing Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Associate Degree

Medical Assistant, Technical Diploma

Paramedic, Technical Diploma

Practical Nursing (LPN), Technical Diploma

Radiography, Associate Degree

Respiratory Therapy, Associate Degree

Surgical Technology, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

// Explore Continuing Ed Opportunities

  Unsure of which program you'd like to go into? Learn more about our Career Assessment to help narrow down your options.

A Program You Can Trust

Program Accreditation

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Chippewa Valley Technical College at the Health Education Center and River Falls Campus located in Eau Claire, WI and River Falls, WI is accredited by the:


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
View accreditation information.

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.