Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI 54601
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Western Technical College is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin and is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System. Western is a two-year vocational and technical school that was established back in 1912. This school provides educational services to thousands of students. There are many credit programs that can lead to degrees and certificates at Western. There are also a large number of continuing education opportunities. Western has more than 65 degree programs currently and there are over 43 areas of study. The school even has many agreements in place that allow for the smooth transfer of credits to larger universities.

The western nursing program is going to allow students to pursue lucrative careers as registered nurses (RN). This nursing program will help students to earn their associate’s degrees in nursing while mastering the necessary nursing skills to become entry-level RNsin a number of different medical settings. The nursing program at Western has been approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing and it is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students4,108
Student to Faculty Ratio9:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate61%

Nursing Programs

The Western Technical College Nursing program prepares nurses for roles as client care manager as well as providing client care in nursing.

Students are prepared to provide supervision and direction in the handling of basic nursing care. Graduates from the program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs as licensure for practice.

The program prepares students to become a part of healthcare team to provide and mange healthcare.

Admissions Requirements:

1.    Completed application

2.    High school transcript or GED equivalency certificate

3.    COMPASS, ASSET or ACT (for students applying directly from high school)

4.    Complete criminal background check for caregivers

5.    Complete immunization record (including TB clearance)

6.    CPR certification for healthcare providers offered by the American Heart Association (to be maintained throughout the program)

7.    Complete pre-requisite courses with a ‘C’ grade or better

8.    Complete a minimum of 120 hours of instruction in an accredited program with a clinical component (Working as a nursing assistant is recommended)

9.    Acceptable performance on a designated nursing pre-admission examination (students with a Bachelors Degree or higher are not required to take placement tests)

Prospective applicants can contact counselors or enrollment service advisors through the official website of the college.


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 11 81
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 8 97
Certificate 54 285
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 97.2%
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1972 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1976 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$132/credit
In State Students$132/credit
Out of State Students$198/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $5,940 $5,940 $8,910
ADN 70 $9,240 $9,240 $13,860
BSN 125 $16,500 $16,500 $24,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 87% of Western Technical College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 48% $4,059
Other Federal Grant 2% $831
State Grant & Scholarships 35% $1,122
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 26% $1,409
Federal Student Loans 62% $4,820
Private Loans 2% $5,854


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,464
$30,001 to $48,000$7,811
$48,001 to $75,000$10,216
$75,001 to $110,000$12,099
Over $110,000$12,508

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Wisconsin state board of nursing.
Western Technical College
400 Seventh St. North
La Crosse, WI 54601

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