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)

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Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) is a non-profit Ojibwe tribal community college.  We are an open-door institution which welcomes anyone who would like to work toward a better tomorrow.  LCOOC does not discriminate based upon race and will not deny admission to any Native student regardless of tribal enrollment or affiliation. We are compliant with Title IX which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.


LCO Ojibwe College
13466 W. Trepania Rd.
Hayward, WI 54843

Phone: 715.634.4790
Toll-Free: 888.526.6221
Fax: 715.634.5049

LCOOC Sustainable Agriculture Research Station

13457W Froemel Rd.

Hayward, WI 54843


Phone: 715.634.9666


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