Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

Overview

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The LPN (Licensed Practical Nursing) diploma program at Mitchell Tech prepares graduates for entry into the nursing profession as a practical nurse.  The program includes nursing and general education courses and can be completed in one calendar year. Mitchell Tech’s program does not require that you take your prerequisite course before you start; enroll and take both simultaneously, saving you time.

This program focuses on the art and science of nursing, and is taught in classrooms, simulation labs, and in clinical practice settings. Students attend class, skills labs, and clinical simulation experiences on campus. Additionally, students participate in clinical learning experiences in various healthcare settings in surrounding communities and simulated clinical experiences under the guidance of nursing faculty. Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to apply nursing theory and critical thinking skills to patient care situations to help develop sound clinical judgment.

General Education courses in the nursing curriculum are offered in traditional and online format. Students may elect to complete general education courses prior to entering the program.

Graduates of the program find jobs in a variety of health care settings including long-term care facilities, home health care agencies, state and federal correctional facilities, private duty nursing, clinics, and acute care settings.

Learn more about Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) as a career.

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Curriculum

Award: Diploma

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Semesters
First Semester
HS100Basic Life Support for Health Care0.5 credits
HS103Anatomy/Physiology4 credits
LPN100Test Taking Strategies and Clinical Calculations0.5 credits
LPN101Fundamentals of Nursing4 credits
LPN102Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical2 credits
LPN103Pharmacology3 credits
MATH103Mathematical Reasoning3 credits
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Total Semester Hours18 credits
Second Semester
LPN105Adult Health Nursing5 credits
LPN106Adult Health Nursing Clinical I3 credits
LPN107Maternal and Child Nursing4 credits
LPN108Maternal and Child Nursing Clinical2 credits
Written Communications Elective 3 credits
Total Semester Hours17 credits
Third Semester
HS162Medical Law & Ethics2 credits
LPN110Adult Health Nursing II4 credits
LPN111Geriatric Nursing3 credits
LPN112Geriatric Nursing Clinical3 credits
LPN150LPN Capstone Practicum3 credits
PSYC101General Psychology3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits

Requirements

ADMISSION INTO MITCHELL TECH

  • Complete admission application
  • Have a high school transcript sent to Mitchell Tech
  • If you previously attended college and you have college or technical school transcripts, please arrange to have those transcripts sent to Mitchell Tech
  • Scores from schools or agencies for any of the following tests you have taken: ACT or Accuplacer
  • If above testing was not completed or scores do not meet program standards, the student must complete an admissions test at Mitchell Tech (no charge for this test)

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR LPN

1.ACT score of 18 or above in all sections or ACCUPLACER equivalent(s);
2.High school or college cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above; and
3.TEAS Exam composite score of 62% or above

NEXT STEPS FOR ACCEPTED STUDENTS

Once you have been formally accepted into the LPN program, you will be required to perform several tasks

  • Submission of your immunization record with documentation of all required immunizations (at your expense)
  • Complete a criminal background check (at your expense)
  • Undergo a student physical (at your expense)
  • Present proof that you carry health insurance (at your expense)
  • Provide proof of a minimum of 120 hours of direct patient care (i.e. CNA, patient care tech, nurses aid, etc.)
  • Complete required documents provided to you by program administrator

LICENSURE DISCLOSURE

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and be licensed as an LPN in South Dakota. 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 (Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements | NCSBN).

*Inquiries and questions may be directed to the South Dakota Board of Nursing or MTC Nursing Program Director.

Mitchell Technical College has determined that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

Mitchell Technical College has made no determination that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands.

South Dakota is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact which allows a nurse that is licensed and residing in South Dakota to be able to practice in other compact states without obtaining additional licensure.  This compact gives multistate rights to registered nurses and licensed practical nurses residing in a member state.  The South Dakota Board of Nursing ( http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/compact.aspx ) and National Council State Boards of Nursing (http://www.ncsbn.org/compacts.htm ) provides additional details about the Nurse Licensure Compact.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

This program allows you to bring your own laptop as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory – 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at Mitchell Tech
NO APPLE/MAC COMPUTERS

Accreditation

The Mitchell Tech Licensed Practical Nursing program has been granted Full Approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing (SDBON).

For further information regarding the program’s status with SDBON, please contact:

Dr. Carena Jarding, DNP, RN
Nursing Program Director
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301
605.995.7148

Licensure exam rates for Licensed Practical Nursing program graduates
National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nursing
Exam
Year
First-time
Candidates
PassingPercentage
Passing
20192121100%
20201717100%
20212424100%
2022232296%
20231818100%
Completion rate for Licensed Practical Nursing program
Cohort YearNumber Beginning
Program
Number Graduating in
150% of Normal Time
to Graduate
Completion
Rate
2018-19282175%
2019-20291759%
2020-21372568%
2021-22332267%
2022-23301860%
Placement rate for Licensed Practical Nursing program graduates
Year
Graduated
Number Responding
Graduates
Number Employed
or Continuing Ed within
6 Months of Graduation
Placement
Rate
20181515100%
20192121100%
20201717100%
20212323100%
20221919100%

Outcomes

Upon completion of the LPN program the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication to foster collaborative inter-professional teamwork and safe patient care across the lifespan.
  • Integrate professional nursing standards, clinical judgment, code of ethics, and accountability with one’s own nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate competence of nursing skills while providing culturally sensitive relationship-centered patient care.
  • Provide thorough assessment, observation, monitoring, and reporting of patient health status.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritize and implement patient care for multiple patients using technology and evidence-based practice under the direct supervision of the registered nurse.
  • Incorporate physical and psychosocial assessment data into creating and revising patient’s plan of care in collaboration with the registered nurse.
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Chelsey Plamp

Nursing Instructional Technician

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Kim Mohr

Instructor

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Sara Konrad

Instructor

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Carena Jarding

Program Director

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Dezarae Fenski

Instructor

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Cost

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Books / Tools (estimated) $1,406

Scholarships

$500

3 AVAIL.

Tessier Family Foundation – Current Students

Tessier Family Foundation

The Tessier Family Foundation began providing funds for scholarships in 2014 for students enrolled in the Accounting/Business Management, Heating and Cooling Technology, LPN and Medical Assistant programs. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's accounts the following Fall semester.
First Year Student
Accounting
Heating and Cooling Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing
Medical Assistant
Applicant must be currently enrolled as a first year full-time student in Accounting/Business Management, Heating and Cooling Technology, LPN or Medical Assistant programs to be eligible for these scholarships. Applicant must complete the MTC current student online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for these scholarships.

$1000

4 AVAIL.

Osterhaus Endowed Scholarships

Martin and Maude Osterhaus established this endowed scholarship in 1995 to provide financial support for at least four deserving Mitchell Tech students each year. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be a currently enrolled first year full-time student in any two year program Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must have good leadership skills

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Mitchell Tech Retiree Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship was established by the former faculty and staff of Mitchell Tech.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
Office Technology Specialist
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be enrolled full time at MTC. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

Laverne & Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship

Charlene Bainbridge

The LaVerne and Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship is eligible for any program at Mitchell Technical College. Also the recipient must have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher and be a current student.
Accounting
Administrative Office Specialist
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Engineering Technology
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Diesel Power - Light Truck Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
On Campus
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Progressive Welding Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time student in any program at Mitchell Technical College. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

$500

2 AVAIL.

John And Diane Weber “Career Change” Endowed Scholarship

John and Diane Weber Family and Friends

This scholarship was established in 2015 by the daughters of Diane Weber, wife of former Culinary Academy of South Dakota instructor and Mitchell Tech alum, John Weber. Diane's early adult years were spent in the Peace Corp, working at Bell Telephone and teaching German and English after college. The scholarship honors Diane's desire in 1974 to change her career and her enrollment at Mitchell Tech to become a Clinical Lab Technician. While attending Mitchell Tech she met John, completed her education, and then spent several years working as a Clinical Lab Technician. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Full time enrollment in a program at Mitchell Technical College to prepare for a career change GPA of 3.0 or higher Program instructor recommendation Documented employment of 10 hours or more per week Completion of current online scholarship application during the open application period time frame

$500

4 AVAIL.

Forty And Eight Voiture 481 Nurse Training Scholarship

Forty and Eight Voiture 481

La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses), is an independent, invitation only, honor society of American veterans and service members; more commonly known as The Forty and Eight. The Forty and Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims. Our purpose is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, to promote the well-being of veterans, their widows, widowers and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurses training. The titles and symbols of The Forty and Eight are derived from the experiences of U.S. troops during World War I. American soldiers were transported to the front on the French rail system. Cramped into narrow gauge boxcars, each stenciled with "40 Hommes/8 Chevaux", denoting its capacity to hold either 40 men or 8 horses. The Forty and Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France. Originally an arm of the American Legion, the Forty and Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran's organization in 1960. 2 scholarships for LPN program. 2 scholarships for LPN to RN.
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
Applicant must be a fulltime student enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program or LPN-RN program Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must be in good academic standing with the program Recommendations may be requested from program instructors Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
[email protected]

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