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Pictured, front row, from left, Jordan Volpe-Peters, Lake Mills; Chelsea Sahr, Ixonia; Miranda Ortman, Fitchburg; and Danielle Graeve, Poynette. Second row, from left, instructor Deborah Scullin, Abigail Lohmeier, Fort Atkinson; Kaitlyn Mallow, Watertown; Rebecca Sampson, Columbus; Latisha Moffett, Watertown; and instructor Ellen Haines.

A new group of nursing assistants, including Rebecca Sampson from Columbus, have completed their training at Madison Area Technical College’s Fort Atkinson campus and are ready to begin careers in the health care field or continue training in various medical related programs at colleges and universities. MATC’s Nursing Assistant (NA) class is a

3-credit, 120-hour class that is offered each fall, summer and spring semester. The NA class prepares students for employment as nursing assistants and is a pre-requisite for many health care career programs. Students learn basic nursing and personal care skills, client rights, care of clients with dementia, and communication skills. A supervised clinical experience with direct client care is a major component of the course and gives students real world experience with patients. The NA class is recognized by the Department of Health Services as a nurse aide training program. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for certification testing (written and skills) for the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry. Certification is required for employment in nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, and homes for the developmentally disabled. Students completed the basic Nursing Assistant course under the direction of instructors Ellen Haines and Deborah Scullin.

Madison Area Technical College will run four classes at the Fort Atkinson campus this spring. The first section will be offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday’s, January 22 through March 7 from 9:15 am – 3:15 pm. A second section will be offered Monday and Wednesday’s, January 17 through April 25 from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. The third section will be offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday’s, March 19 through May 2 from 9:15 am – 3:15 pm. The fourth section will be offered on Saturday’s, January 27 through April 28 from 8:30 am-1:30 pm. Students should complete the reading portion of the ACCUPLACER test before going online to complete additional pre-registration steps. You can register for ACCUPLACER placement testing online at madisoncollege.edu/course-placement-testing. All students must complete a background check and health form (total of $68) online through CastleBranch.com before registering for the class. Students may stop at the campus or call 920-568-7200 (press 1) to request informational materials that explain the registration procedures and how to purchase books and materials. Tuition for the course is approximately $442 and is payable by cash, check or credit card and is due by February 15 for spring semester classes. Books and supplies cost approximately $75 and are purchased through the college’s online bookstore (madisoncollege.edu/bookstore).