Nursing Careers

Nursing Career Ladder

Climb the career ladder.

The Healthcare Workforce Training Institute offers opportunities for you to advance your career in healthcare through trainings and certifications. This career ladder allows you to advance to better paying jobs with more responsibility while you are working. Many people start off as a CNA and eventually become medication aides, LPNs, registered nurses, nurse case managers, nurse practitioners, or even physicians.


  • Acute Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Dementia
  • End-of-Life
  • Education
  • Infection Prevention
  • Home Health & Hospice
  • MDS (Skilled Nursing Facility)
  • Post-Acute & Long-Term Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Tracheostomy
  • Ventilator
  • Wound Care


  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Memory Care
  • Skilled Nursing Center / Nursing Home
  • Rehabilitation Center
  • Medical Clinic
  • Hospital
  • School
  • And More

The opportunities in healthcare are endless. Start climbing the career ladder today!

RA - Resident Assistant

Resident Assistant

Take a CBRF class. Receive on-the-job training and enjoy providing supportive care and administering medications to those residing in an assisted living facility. No certification needed, but there are four required classes.

CA - Care Assistant

Care Assistant

A "work and learn" position supporting various departments with goal of becoming a CNA; class fee typically paid by employer.

CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant

Apply to take our CNA class. As a career or next step to becoming a nurse, CNAs care for people with a wide range of health conditions and abilities.

MA - Medication Aide

Medication Aide

Take our medication aide class. CNAs: Obtain a special training to pass medications in a skilled nursing facility (nursing home). There are a few unique qualifications and an exam, so talk to your director of nursing or administrator to see if this is a good step for you.

NT - Nurse Tech

Nurse Tech

As a student enrolled in a license practical nurse or registered nurse program, you qualify to work as a nurse tech once you have completed the pharmacology course. You will pass medications and utilize other nursing skills in accordance with your training.

LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse

Oversee all aspects of care through supervising CNAs and providing direct patient care through medication and treatment administration. Enjoy working as a career LPN or use your skills while advancing your nursing degree.

RN - Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse

Oversee all aspects of resident/patient care through directing and supervising nursing staff, making assessments, providing direct patient care through medication and treatment administration, observing and managing acute changes in condition, and coordinating care with physicians. An RN degree allows many opportunities to grow and specialize in areas of interest during your career path.

NCM - Nurse Case Manager

Nurse Case Manager

Manage the care of residents/patients from admission to discharge and supervise staff, while having the opportunity to specialize in your area of interest.

DON - Director of Nursing

Director of Nursing

The DON role is a mix of nursing and business management. Accountable for the care given to residents and patients, DONs develop and direct their staff, impact resident and patient care, implement policies and procedures, ensure regulatory compliance, provide auditing measures, and develop healthcare partnerships.

Looking for a different location?

We may be able to offer educational opportunities in a community near you — Amery, Augusta, Barron, Black River Falls, Bloomer, Chetek, Chippewa Falls, Cumberland, Durand, Eau Claire, Hayward, Ladysmith, Menomonie, Mondovi, Neillsville, Osseo, Rice Lake, Turtle Lake, Spooner, Superior, and Whitehall to name a few.

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