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Practical Nursing

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The application window for the 2024 Practical Nursing full-time (on-campus) program is September 1, 2023 – February 1, 2024.

The application window for the 2025 Practical Nursing part-time (on-campus) program is April 1, 2024 – October 1, 2024.

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.

There are four paths or opportunities for a student looking to complete the LPN nursing diploma. There is a full-time campus option, a part-time campus option, a full-time online option, and part-time online option. Full-time campus and online begin each fall in August. The full-time options are 11 months in length. The part-time options only start in January of each year and take 18 months to complete. Lake Area Tech also offers the Practical Nursing program at Capital City Campus in Pierre, SD. College-bound students in the Pierre area who are interested in pursuing a nursing career are encouraged to apply to Lake Area Tech’s online Practical Nursing program and, after acceptance, will complete the coursework online and labs at Capital City Campus in Pierre and Avera St. Mary’s. 

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. After the Practical Nursing program, you may choose to test for your LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) license and enter the workforce, or test and apply for a second year to become a Registered Nurse through Lake Area Tech’s Registered Nursing program. This will allow you to prepare for your RN exam without ever leaving the Lake Area Tech campus.

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 at: http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.asp

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

Please note: if a prospective student has been convicted of a felony, he/she could possibly not meet the qualifications to write the licensing exam.

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Professional Licensure

Lake Area Technical College’s curriculum for Practical Nursing meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in South Dakota and other states. Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. Prospective or current students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in the state you plan to work before beginning an affiliated academic program. Read more here and/or view the states in which Lake Area Tech meets professional licensure requirements: Professional Licensure Disclosures.

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