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:
- Work Ethic
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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.
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:
- Outpatient care centers
- Nursing homes
- Specialized health facilities
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
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.
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If you’re interested in becoming an LPN, you might also be interested in these other healthcare programs at Southeast Tech: