Like many technical colleges in Wisconsin, Mid-State in Wisconsin Rapids has so much interest they have more than 250 just waiting to enroll in their associate degree nursing program.
Now, starting next summer in August 2004, students can decide to earn a one year diploma in practical nursing to get into jobs even faster.
The program is starting small with just eight students who will graduate with a PN. Once they pass a State licensing exam, the students will have an LPN.
Not only will it get nurses working sooner than the two year program does, but it may help in solving the nursing shortage according to John Botticelli, VP of Human Resources at St. Joseph's Hospital. He says the majority of their hires are from technical colleges.
"We're working with technical colleges to try to increase the number of graduates over the next several years to meet our increasing demand," says Botticelli.