Nursing will not be accepting applications after Fall 2017

 Degree Plan



The Nursing Program will educate students in the art of caring and prepare them with evidence-based knowledge and clinical practicum to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination upon graduation. This fundamental level of nursing will help them to earn a solid career foundation in the health care field and provides opportunities to work in entry-level nursing positions

Specialized Program Accreditation and State Approval

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is a national, specialized accreditation authority for all types of nursing programs, including ADN.  LCOOCC’s ADN program is not currently accredited by the ACEN.  ACEN accreditation is not a requirement by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Some colleges that offer advance degree programs in nursing, beyond the ADN level, may only consider those students who graduated from an accredited program.  Please talk to a program advisor or nursing department faculty member if you have any questions about accreditation.
To practice as a licensed nurse in Wisconsin, you must pass the NCLEX exam. The Wisconsin State Board of Nursing sets standards for and approves schools that can train nursing students to be eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam.  LCOOCC is not yet Board approved but the College is authorized to admit students, who, when they graduate, are authorized to sit for the NCLEX licensing exams.

NCLEX pass rate and job placement.
  2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
Percent passed 45% 67% 60%
Job placement in field 45% 67% 60%
To become a licensed RN, a graduate must pass the NCLEX exam from the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.


As an Associate Degree of Nursing student, you should:
  • Complete the Nursing Assistant (NA) Course
  • Maintain current immunization records and CPR Certification
  • Pass a standard background check (Required for state licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Practice within the ethical/legal framework of nursing which governs the actions of Associate of Applied Science in Nursing students, in accordance with the ANA Code of Ethics and within existing legal parameters
  • Have good manual dexterity and visual acuity
  • Respond well in stressful situations
  • Demonstrate autonomy
  • Attend all discussion and clinical sessions on time and come prepared
  • Abide by all college rules and policies as outlined in the LCO Student Handbook


Students who complete the Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood should be able to:

  • Utilize standards of care in application of the nursing process in caring for clients across the life-span.
  • Communicate in a professional manner.
  • Base nursing care decisions on evidence based practice and theoretical concepts.
  • Provide holistic and compassionate care.
  • Effectively educate client(s).
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility.
  • Lead in a professional manner based on standards of nursing practice.
  • Apply knowledge and competency performance evaluations for continuous self-development & life-long learning.


The latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of registered nurses will jump 26 percent from 2010 to 2020. The typical careers that are available after graduation include:

  • Nurse Technician (after completion of semester 2)
  • Registered Nurse (once licensed)