Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

1-Year Diploma Program | 44 Credits

A diploma from Southeast Tech in the fast-growing field of nursing puts you at the center of today’s high-demand healthcare industry. Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and assisted living centers are only a few of the many employers seeking talented professionals to serve the increasing demand for preventive medical services in South Dakota and across the nation.

Are you looking for a field where you can help others? Your duties as a nursing professional are both administrative and clinical. The skills you need to be an LPN include:  

  • Patience  
  • Compassion  
  • Work Ethic  
  • Detail-oriented   

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What is the Difference Between an LPN and an RN?  

As a Licensed Practical Nurse, you will carry out tasks that are more complex than those of a Certified Nursing Assistant, but less involved than those of a Registered Nurse. You will monitor patient health, give medications and perform nursing functions under the supervision of RNs and doctors. 

Southeast Tech also offers a unique LPN-to-RN track. Southeast Tech LPN graduates with work experience can easily transition into STC's Registered Nursing program. 

Differentiators at Southeast Tech  

During your training as a Licensed Practical Nurse, you will study in STC’s high-tech Sullivan Health/Science Center, where you will learn about human anatomy and physiology, become adept at using nursing equipment, and properly administer medication.  Your degree is backed by these other career-boosters:  

Licensing: After graduating, you are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN to be licensed as an LPN. In 2018, every Southeast Tech student that took the exam, passed.  

Learning Outcomes: From problem-solving to medical competency, you will gain the skills necessary to compassionately serve in a healthcare setting.  

Tailored Learning: Southeast Technical College offers its LPN diploma using traditional classroom and online methods with a fall or spring start. Part-time day and evening options are also available. 

What Can You Do with Your STC Diploma? 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a regional hub for many healthcare centers, which draw rural residents to the area. Your career opportunities upon graduation include many of these:  

  • Hospitals   
  • Clinics  
  • Outpatient care centers  
  • Hospice  
  • Nursing homes  
  • Specialized health facilities  

Job Outlook 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that projected growth for Licensed Practical Nurses outpaces the average for all occupations, with 9% growth expected through 2029. As an LPN you will play a vital role on a healthcare team, performing such duties as:

  • Monitoring Patients
  • Updating Medical Records Reporting to RNs and Doctors
  • Providing Basic Nursing Care

Explore Classes  

Southeast Tech’s 11-month Licensed Practical Nurse program includes courses on Medical Language, General Psychology, Pharmacology for the LPN and Introduction to Medical and Surgical Nursing.



Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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