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 by taking summer classes in preparation for full-time enrollment in the fall semester. The prerequisites are Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions, Microcomputer Software Applications, and Medical Terminology for the Health Professions.

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. The Board of Nursing will visit WDT in fall 2015 to review our progress. 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 Program Director Sonja Love.