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) or go on for a second year to become an RN (Registered Nurse). Called the "1+1" program, 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!
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.
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