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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.

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?

The Practical Nursing Program at Lake Area Technical College located in Watertown, South Dakota is accredited by the:

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

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program

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

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.

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
MA 115 Medical Terminology3
PSYCH 101 General Psychology3

E-Degree part-time applications accepted from April 1, 2021 until October 1, 2021 for the spring 2022 program.

E-Degree full-time applications accepted from September 1, 2021 – March 1, 2022 for fall 2022 program.

Part-Time Online Brochure

Full-Time Online Brochure

How does the Practical Nursing E-Degree work?

You will complete the theory portion of all nursing courses 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 = 144 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 22 months (part-time).

Will you be a successful online student?

Take this short Online Survey!

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