Practical Nursing


The mission of WDT’s Practical Nursing program is to develop graduates who possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and integrity to provide safe, prudent, and patient centered care necessary for employment as an LPN and to prepare the graduates to successfully complete the National Council of Licensure Exams for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) are an important component of the healthcare team. The nursing program stresses the importance of clinical experience by providing 650-700 clinical hours of actual supervised clinical. LPN’s work in a variety of clinical settings including acute-care, long-term care, and office/clinic environments. The role of licensed practical nurses has expanded to include IV therapy and supervision in some settings. Upon successful completion of the program, nursing graduates take the NCLEX (National Certification Licensure Exam). Job placement for nursing program graduates is excellent for graduates in Rapid City, the Black Hills, and across South Dakota.

All accepted students in the Practical Nursing program are required to fulfill the prerequisite requirements listed in the WDT Academic Catalog.

WDT is located in Rapid City, South Dakota. More than 87 percent of WDT graduates live and work in our state.

Note: If you have been convicted, pled guilty or no contest to, or received a suspended imposition of sentence for a felony or other criminal offense (excluding minor traffic violations) you are advised that it may not be possible for you to participate in the internship or clinical portion of this nursing program. You may also be prevented from taking required licensure examinations and from gaining employment in this field.

Notice: The South Dakota Board of Nursing placed WDT’s Practical Nursing program on probation in November 2011. WDT is working closely with the State Board of Nursing to bring the program into full compliance. Probationary status does not jeopardize the licenses of graduates or the ability of current students to graduate and sit for the NCLEX-PN. Questions about probationary status can be directed to Steve Buchholz.


This program is supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and training Administration.  The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor.  The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.  Western Dakota Tech’s individual grant of $2,058,946 funds 100% of their portion of the South Dakota Allied Health Training Consortium project.