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Registered Nursing

The Professional Registered Nursing Program at Lake Area Tech is an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program. The AAS Nursing Program prepares students who are Licensed Practical Nurses to complete a program of study in professional nursing that incorporates theory, clinical, lab, and simulation experiences. The program lasts 11 months over three semesters that builds off of the student’s LPN degree. An online option will begin Fall 2022. The program is a campus-based option and is only available to start each fall. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the NLCEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). Graduates of this program may apply to another college or a university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in nursing after completing their AAS degree and becoming a registered nurse.

A complete list of acceptance criteria is available by clicking the banner below.

The Registered Nursing program will accept 24 students in the fall of each year. Individuals interested in the program need to have a current unencumbered LPN license. The Registered Nursing program has an academically intense curriculum and requires a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average for admission.

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.

Effective January 15, 2020, the Associates of Applied Science Registered Nursing program, at Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, South Dakota is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on January 15, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000 https://www.acenursing.org/

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at http://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp

South Dakota Board of Nursing Approval – Initial approval established 2/8/18. Full approval achieved 2/11/2021.
South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 S. Louise Ave. Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115 Phone: (605) 362-2760


See the detailed application process and the RN brochure by clicking on the banners below.

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.

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit By the ACEN

United States Department of Education License Regulation Information 2020

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