Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) are an important component of the healthcare team. The nursing program stresses the importance of clinical experience by providing 480 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.
Western Dakota Tech is located in Rapid City, South Dakota. More than 87 percent of Western Dakota Tech 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.
This program is accredited by the South Dakota Board of Nursing. For more information about accreditation, click here.
Notice: The South Dakota Board of Nursing placed Western Dakota Tech’s Practical Nursing program on probation in November 2011. Western Dakota Tech 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 Christi McArthur.