*******  The nursing application period has closed at this time. The next application period will reopen from December 1st, 2021 until April 1st, 2022. ******* 

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.


The nursing department is in the process of selecting 16 students to start the nursing program in the fall of 2021. Applicants will be ranked and selected according to admission criteria. To be considered for admission you must meet the following requirements:


  • 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 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

  • Complete functional Abilities Disclosure form

  • Submit 2 profession reference letters

  • Submit an essay explaining why you would like to be a nursing (1 to 2 pages)


Please also review admission requirement form.


To apply to enter the Fall 2021 start for the LCO Nursing Program please complete the following. Mail a complete packet of the following documents:


Unofficial college transcripts from all colleges attended

1 to 2 page essay explaining why you would like to be a nurse

2 professional reference letters

Evidence of having completed high school chemistry or 1 semester of college chemistry with a C or above

Evidence of having completed a Nursing Assistant course with grade C or above or Nursing Assistant Registry Proof


Any incomplete packet will not be considered for admission to the nursing program! The deadline for applications is 04/01/21


Mail Packet to:


Attn: Jamie Gohde Nursing Program Director

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

13466 W. Trapania Road

Hayward, WI 54843