LPN Programs in South Dakota

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South Dakota grew 9.2 percent in the third quarter of 2015, which makes it the fastest growing state in the nation, according to a report released in March 2016 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Along with agriculture, other growth areas include construction and finance. With more people coming to the state to work in these sectors, the demand for medical support personnel has increased, including LPNs. LPN programs in South Dakota are offered at the associate degree, diploma and certificate levels. Find an LPN program in South Dakota, learn more about the schools offering this program, and learn about job growth, licensure and salaries for LPNs in the state.

Finding an LPN Program in South Dakota

LPN programs in South Dakota are offered through vocational schools, community colleges and in some cases, high schools or even hospitals. The search tool below is designed to help students find the right LPN program for them by enabling them to search and filter schools by tuition, school type and location.

  School Tuition
Tuition for in-state undergrads at the campus location
Student Population School Type Nursing Programs

Mount Marty College

Yankton, South Dakota
$22,892 1,236 Private Not-For-Profit1

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
$4,728 2,332 Public1

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
$4,930 1,654 Public1

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota
$3,154 641 Private Not-For-Profit2

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota
$5,960 840 Public2

Licensure Requirements for South Dakota LPNs

As with all other states, nurses must be licensed in order to practice in South Dakota. This is what graduates of LPN programs should expect when seeking licensure in the state.

Basic Eligibility

  • Must graduate from an approved nursing program within the state, or
  • Must complete a nursing program in another state that has been approved by that state’s board of nursing

Education & Training Requirements

Applicants for a nursing license in South Dakota must attend and complete a licensed practical nursing program that has been approved by the Board of Nursing in South Dakota. An applicant can also be eligible if they have completed a nursing program in another state, as long as that program was approved by the nursing board in that particular state. Proof of this completion can be presented as a Certificate of Nursing education (if earned in South Dakota) or an official transcript showing that a nursing degree was conferred (if earned outside of South Dakota).

LPNs in South Dakota earned the following degrees, diplomas and certificates in 2014:

Additional Requirements for Licensure

  • Complete the online application for examination by licensure
  • Submit the examination fee of $100
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Register for the NCLEX-PN and pay the $200 fee

Upon approval for licensure, applicants will be sent information on taking the NCLEX-PN. During the time between application and taking the nursing examination, a temporary permit may be issued for a $25 fee. The temporary permit is valid for 90 days and cannot be renewed.

Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN, the nursing license will be issued.

Keep in mind that South Dakota is one of 25 states that honor the Nurse Licensure Compact. This agreement means that any nurse who has been licensed in South Dakota may be eligible to practice in any of the other compact states, assuming that the license is in good standing. Even though this is a multi-state license, those who claim their permanent legal residence as South Dakota must apply for their license in South Dakota, even if they intend to work in another state.

License Renewal

Renewal of a nursing license in South Dakota must be completed online. The fee is currently $90, and renewals are required every six years. There are no continuing education requirements for renewal; however, there are practice requirements, which include:

  • Employment in nursing for a minimum of 140 hours in any 12-month period in the previous six years, or
  • Total accumulation of 480 nursing employment hours over the past six years.

If the nurse cannot provide proof of such employment, a refresher course is required. This course consists of an 80-hour self-study portion and 80 hours of supervised clinical practice. A limited license must be obtained by students enrolled in the refresher course; upon completion of the course, students can complete full license renewal.

Salary for LPNs in South Dakota

Licensed practical nurses are in demand in every state, and that demand may translate into higher pay as well as better job security for some LPNs. Here is what those who graduate from LPN programs in South Dakota may expect to earn as an LPN in the state.

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South Dakota LPN Employment Trends

Projections Central reports job growth of 11.5 percent for licensed practical nurses from 2012 to 2022, which means an average of 80 new openings for LPNs each year in South Dakota. As with any other state, geographical location might determine how many openings there are, and there may be more openings in large cities. The following information will give LPNs in South Dakota a good idea of what to expect from employment trends in the state.

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