Practical Nursing E-Degree

PLEASE NOTE: Lake Area Technical Institute's Practical Nursing E-Degree is only available to residents of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

How do I prepare for a Practical Nursing E-degree?

See Application Process. Because Practical Nursing is demanding, full-time students are required to complete the following prerequisite courses prior to starting the program. Part-time students are highly recommended to complete at least the majority of them.

CPR 112   Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Workers .5
ANAT 142   Anatomy 3
CSC100   Intro to Computers 1
ENGL101   Composition 3
MATH100 Applied General Math  
MATH101 or Intermediate Algebra  
MATH102 or College Algebra 3
PN110   Medical Terminology 1
PSYCH101   General Psychology 3


E-Degree part-time deadline is October 2, 2015 for the spring 2016 class.

E-Degree full time deadline is March 4, 2016 for fall 2016.

See brochure links to the right for details.


How does the Practical Nursing E-Degree work?

You will complete all Practical Nursing courses (except: English, Math, Anatomy and Psychology*) online. You will also visit the Lake Area Tech campus for required clinical experiences, which will be organized into a short, intense time frame to reduce your travel. These instructor-monitored clinical hours include:

PN101 = 30 hours
PN126 = 30 hours
PN127 = 66 hours
PN200 = 30 hours

Additional remote clinical experiences include:

PN101 = 30 hours
PN126 = 48 hours
PN127 = 120 hours
PN200 = 140 hours

*These courses can be completed at LATI or at any accredited technical school or college.

Why E-Degree?

LATI E-Degrees are "hybrid" education – an innovative blend of distance and on-campus learning. With hybrid education, you get maximum time/location flexibility and crucial clinical experience.

How long will this E-Degree take?

11 months (full-time) or 23 months (part-time).

About Practical Nursing:

Few career fields are as rewarding—or as challenging. Nurses must be able to utilize the latest medical technology at the direct and critical level of patient care. In addition to knowledge, the best nurses are also responsible, compassionate, and ultimately motivated by a sincere desire to help people.

Our 11-month Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the South Dakota Board of Nursing. LATI's high standard of nursing education will prepare you to give excellent care to obstetrical, pediatric, medical, psychiatric, surgical and geriatric patients.

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Please contact admissions or the nursing department faculty for more information.

All students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure will receive written notification from their program of study indicating whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides.

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