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Practical Nursing E-Degree

PLEASE NOTE: Lake Area Technical College’s Practical Nursing E-Degree is only available to residents of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

About Practical Nursing

Practical 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 knowledge, the best nurses are also responsible, compassionate, and ultimately motivated by a sincere desire to help people.

Our Practical Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 S. Louise Ave. Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115 Phone: (605) 362-2760

Lake Area Tech’s high standard of nursing education will prepare you to give excellent care to obstetrical, pediatric, medical, psychiatric, surgical and geriatric patients. Do you have what it takes to be a successful online learner? Find out by taking this brief survey covering topics related to online learning such as study habits, learning preferences, self-directedness, technology skills, and computer equipment capabilities. Upon completion of the survey, you’ll be given feedback regarding how successful you’d be an as online student based on the answers you provided. The survey is strictly a tool for you to use when weighing the pros and cons of online learning. The results are not used in determining your admission into the program, should you choose to apply. Why wait?

How do I prepare for a Practical Nursing E-degree?

See Application Process. Because Practical Nursing is demanding, full-time students are required to complete the following prerequisite courses prior to starting the program. Part-time students are highly recommended to complete at least the majority of them.

CPR 112 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Workers.5
ANAT 142 Anatomy3
ENGL 101 Composition3
MATH 101orIntermediate Algebra 
MATH 114orCollege Algebra3
PN 110 Medical Terminology1
PSYCH 101 General Psychology3

E-Degree part-time deadline is October 1, 2020 for the spring 2021 class.

E-Degree full-time deadline is March 1, 2021 for the fall 2021 class.

Full-Time Online Brochure

Part-Time Online Brochure

How does the Practical Nursing E-Degree work?

You will complete all Practical Nursing courses (except: English, Math, Anatomy and Psychology*) online. You will also visit the Lake Area Tech campus for required clinical experiences, which will be organized into a short, intense time frame to reduce your travel. These instructor-monitored clinical hours include:

PN 103 = 30 hours
PN 113 = 30 hours
PN 114 = 66 hours
PN 201 = 30 hours

Additional remote clinical experiences include:

PN 103 = 30 hours
PN 113 = 48 hours
PN 114 = 120 hours
PN 201 = 140 hours

*These courses can be completed at Lake Area Tech or at any accredited technical school or college.

Why E-Degree?

Lake Area Tech E-Degrees are “hybrid” education – an innovative blend of distance and on-campus learning. With hybrid education, you get maximum time/location flexibility and crucial clinical experience.

How long will this E-Degree take?

11 months (full-time) or 23 months (part-time).

All students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure will receive written notification from their program of study indicating whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides.

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Earning an online degree in Practical Nursing is possible! Give us a call today or contact us online with any questions you might have.