Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 42 (AAS)

Do you love being an LPN but looking for more opportunity? At Southeast Tech, build on your LPN diploma to get to where you want to be in just one year with a Registered Nurse degree. This degree is a perfect fit for Southeast Tech LPN graduates or other LPNs who have 750 hours of documented work experience. Just plug your LPN diploma in and move forward with your Registered Nurse, AAS degree to expand your knowledge and expertise as a nurse and increase your earning power!

As a graduate of this program you’ll be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination to earn your RN license after approval by the Board of Nursing in your state of residence. Students who are not South Dakota residents or South Dakota residents who are seeking employment outside South Dakota should contact that state’s Board of Nursing for any additional requirements. The LPN-RN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Excellence in Nursing. Graduating from a nationally accredited program may increase job opportunities and future education options.

Students will attend lab and clinical on campus or at the designated clinical site face to face with an instructor. There is a total of 6 days of lab with NURS 200. RN students must demonstrate and check off on all advanced LPN skills during NURS 200 lab. You will have 6 days of clinical with each Lifespan course, for a total of 18 days of clinical. Some clinical days are on Saturdays. Students will be provided clinical schedules as far in advance as possible. Online lectures are started twice a year: January and August. Face to face lectures are offered twice a year.

All nursing students should plan on attending some clinical shifts at facilities outside of Sioux Falls. These facilities are usually, but not always, within a 60 mile radius.

Many students work part time while in the program. Since all the courses are hybrid, students need to plan adequate time for studying and completing assignments outside of class. Students who start the program in January, and complete coursework as scheduled, graduate in December of that year. Students who start in August, complete in July the following year.

There are five required ‘bridge classes’ for this program. All five, Speech, Sociology OR Marriage and Family, Chemistry with lab, Microbiology with a lab, and Physiology are prerequisites for the RN program. Southeast Tech students can register through Southeast Tech Admissions for Physiology and Microbiology, taught at University of Sioux Falls. These courses are transferable if students pursue a bachelor’s degree later.

Southeast Tech LPN-RN AAS program is accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).

The LPN to RN program has Full Approval Status from the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

The RN degree is a hybrid program where you blend classroom and online courses together with either a fall or spring start.

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Now also offered in Huron, SD! View more details here.

This degree is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 42 (AAS)


Jaclyn Kramer, RN, MSN, BSN
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Jaclyn Kramer has been teaching at Southeast Tech since 2011 as an adjunct clinical instructor and has taught full time since 2013.  

She has a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in education from Indiana Wesleyan University.  

She has a wide range of industry experience including home health care, geriatrics, maternal pediatric, and travel nursing.

Her teaching philosophy encompasses a “partnership with students approach, students need to be equal partners in the learning process.” She states “I bring a lot of energy to my class. If I can’t get excited about my subject, why should my students? A positive atmosphere and personal contact with students is essential to my approach. Students need encouragement to talk to their teachers, so I emphasize my availability for informal discussion and my willingness to work through any problems they have with the information they are learning. My experience as a teacher is greatly enhanced by this contact with students.”

Education: RN, MSN, Indiana Wesleyan University; BSN, University of Sioux Falls
Kristin Possehl, RN, MSN, MEd, BSN
Nursing Program Director
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Kristin began teaching at Southeast Tech in April, 2001, when she was hired as the LPN Program Director. Since that time, she has led the nursing program through tremendous growth, the addition of the LPN to RN AAS degree, and national accreditation for the RN program. Kristin’s job now is administering the program and supervising the large nursing staff. Kristin was appointed to the SD Board of Nursing in 2010, and currently serves as president. Prior to working at Southeast Tech, she taught high school courses in Brookings, for students interested in health careers. She has also worked as an RN in school nursing, pediatrics, and pediatric oncology. Kristin received a MSN from University of Phoenix, a MEd from South Dakota State University, and a BSN from Vanderbilt University.

She lives in Brookings and enjoys flower gardening, quilting and other crafts and spending time with family.

Education: RN, MSN, University of Phoenix; MEd, South Dakota State University; BSN, Vanderbilt University
Stephanie Entringer, RN, MSN Ed, BAN
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Stephanie has taught at Southeast Tech full time since January 2011, beginning in the Health Core and recently transitioning to the Nursing Department. Prior to teaching at Southeast Tech, Stephanie served as an adjunct classroom instructor at National American University as well as a clinical instructor for Northwest Iowa Community College.  

She holds certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Stephanie’s nursing experience includes long-term care, correctional health, pulmonary nursing, and post-anesthesia care. She is an active member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing.

Education: RN, MSN Ed., Clarkson College, BAN, Augustana College
Sara J. Lease, RN, MSN, BSN
Instructor/RN Coordinator
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Sara J. Lease has been teaching at Southeast Tech for seven years specializing in mental health and medical-surgical courses.

Regarding her teaching philosophy, Sara believes that personal contact with students is essential to her approach. Many need encouragement to talk to their instructor, so she emphasizes her availability for informal discussion and her willingness to help them sort out any problems they have with what they are learning. Her experience as an instructor is greatly enriched by this contact with students. Sara stated, “I am fortunate to teach in a professional school where I can follow the progress of the students through the program and sometimes beyond graduation.”

As she gained experience and confidence as an instructor, she came to regard teaching as her primary professional responsibility. Consequently, she moved into some areas of teaching administration and faculty development. Her current position as RN program coordinator legitimizes her efforts to effect changes in the nursing curriculum, and places her where she can have an influence on the "learning climate" of the nursing school. She is able to help her colleagues develop as teachers in her role as a veteran instructor.

Education: RN, MSN, University of Phoenix ; BSN, South Dakota State University; AA, University of South Dakota; LPN, Minnesota West-Worthington
Katie Farrell
Nursing Program Secretary
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Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Health Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014, and has worked in health care since 2011. She has worked in Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and as a yoga and Pilates instructor. She strives to make the lives of nursing students a little easier, and supports the students and faculty of the Southeast Tech Nursing Program in any way she can.

Katie lives in Sioux Falls and enjoys travelling, coffee, and camping and hiking with her family.





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