*******  Now taking applications.  The application period for the fall closes April 1st of each year with notifications to applicants being made by May 1st via email. ******* 

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 career foundation in the health care field and provide 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.  LCOOC’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. LCOOC 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

Student Profile

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 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 discussions and clinical sessions on time and come prepared

  • Abide by all college rules and policies as outlined in the LCO Student Handbook

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Associate Degree of Nursing will:

  • 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

Career Outlook

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development projects the need for 5,327 new registered nursing positions by 2024, a 9.5 percent increase from 2014's total of 52,212 positions. The typical careers that are available after graduation include:

  • Nurse Technician (after completion of semester 2)

  • Registered Nurse (once licensed)

Admission Requirements

Please note that in-person applications will not be accepted at this time.

Please mail the applications as instructed below.


Please also review the admission requirement form.


Dear Nursing Program Applicant;

To apply to the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Nursing Program, you will need to submit a separate application packet directly to the nursing program director. The application deadline for each year is April 1st. All selections for the following fall start will be notified via email on May 1st. Applicants are reviewed and selected based upon GPA, courses completed, essay, letters of recommendation, and interview.


To apply you must:


·  Be a graduate of a recognized high school or its equivalent

·  Have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 (3.5 is preferred)

·  Have completed a Nursing Assistant course with a grade of C or above

·  Be able to pass a state and national background check

·  Have completed 1 year of high school chemistry or 1 semester of college chemistry with a C or above



Please note that any incomplete packet will not be considered.


Use the following checklist as a guide:

  • Cover Page containing:

    • Name  

    • Address             

    • Email Address (all notifications will be made via email on acceptance or denial into the program)

    • Phone number

  • An essay stating why you would like to be a nurse.

    • 1 to 2 pages

    • Content and grammar will be assessed

  • Two Reference Letters

    • May be a school instructor or employer

  • Copy of all unofficial transcripts

    • Transcripts will be reviewed for completed Prerequisites (please see the degree plan for required prerequisites prior to admission)

Please mail completed packets to:

Attn: Jamie Gohde Nursing Program Director

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

13466 W. Trapania Road

Hayward, WI 54843

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,


Jamie Gohde, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nursing Program Director

P: 715-634-4790 x170