Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) are an important component of the health care 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 WDTC Academic Catalog.
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 approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing. For more information about program approval, click here.
Courses for this popular program are offered at two locations - the main Rapid City campus at 800 Mickelson Dr., and at the college's satellite campus in Halle Hall, 1016 Meade St., in Whitewood, S.D.
A third location, Philip, S.D., is slated to start Fall Semester 2022 at Philip High School, 330 Scottie Ave. (Pending HLC approval.)
Effective January 27, 2021, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This candidacy status expires on January 27, 2023.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.