Licensed Nursing Education

Licensed Practical Nursing Program

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and Lake Area Technical Institute

WHAT: A Diploma in Practical Nursing (LPN) offered online. Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in Watertown, SD awards the diploma.

AVAILABLE AREA: The program is currently available to individuals residing in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Montana.

  • Offered either full-time or part-time
  • Allows staff to work, earn and learn
  • Courses are offered online
  • Clinical practice requirements are conducted in Watertown, SD, and additional clinical hours are required in the student's community
RECOGNITION/ACCREDITATION: The Practical Nursing program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

PROGRAM DETAILS : Click here to learn about program details such as required courses, cost estimates and the application procedure.

TIME TO EARN DIPLOMA: Once pre-requisite courses are complete, a person will typically earn the degree as a part-time student in about two years.

SCHOLARSHIP/LOANS: Employees are invited to visit with their center administrator about financial assistance that may be available through local resources or the Hoeger Scholarship and Loan Program. Some states may offer scholarship/grant or loan assistance through the state Board of Nursing or another state government agency. Select "Scholarship Opportunities" from the menu at the left to learn more.

Contact for a list of online external nursing scholarship resources.

SUPPORT SERVICES: "Tips for Online Learning Success," and other helpful resources for academic preparation can be found at The University of South Dakota's website.

The LATI registration procedure and computer requirements must be followed for the
Practical Nursing program.

ADVISING: Patty Foley, or (605) 882-LATI Ext. 474.