Nursing—few career fields are as rewarding—or as challenging. Nurses must be able to utilize the latest medical technology at the direct and critical level of patient care. In addition to having knowledge, the best nurses are also responsible, compassionate, and ultimately motivated by a sincere desire to help people.

Our 11-month Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the South Dakota Board of Nursing. LATI's high standard of nursing education will prepare you to give excellent care to obstetrical, pediatric, medical, psychiatric, surgical and geriatric patients.

After the Practical Nursing program, you may choose to test for your LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) license or go on for a second year to become an RN (Registered Nurse). This arrangement, in cooperation with the University of South Dakota, will allow you to prepare for your RN exam without ever leaving the LATI campus! Students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure are responsible for determining whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides or intends to reside upon graduation. We encourage you to contact the licensure agency noted above for additional information or the program faculty for assistance.

Thinking about going on to be an LPN or RN? It's definitely worth it! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, LPNs earn an average hourly wage of $20.29. RNs earn an average hourly wage of $28.30.

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The Practical Nursing Program is academically intense and requires a minimum 2.5 grade point average. For the highest chance of success in this program, you should

  • Be physically fit and have a strong background in the biological sciences.
  • Take one or more of the required general education classes prior to enrollment in Nursing. For a list of classes as well as a complete list of course requirements for Practical Nursing see nursing brochure.
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Clinics
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Community health locations
  • Home health


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