Southeast Tech’s New Registered Nurse Program
Starting this January 2012, Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls will soon be able to offer a registered nursing degree.
Their request to have a Registered Nurse Associate’s in Applied Science Degree was approved by South Dakota State Board of Education. The degree will allow individuals with Licensed Practical Nursing diplomas in addition to 750 hours of documented work experience to earn their Registered Nurse AAS degree in just one year.
“With strong health science programs already in place, and two of the state’s largest health care systems based right in Sioux Falls, it’s a very natural fit for us,” said Southeast Tech President Jeff Holcomb. “As health care becomes more specialized, we’re finding that employers often encounter a shortage of Registered Nurses in particular. This will give our students another option to make themselves even more marketable.”
Currently, Southeast Tech offers a diploma program in Licensed Practical Nursing, and many of the graduates of that program go on to obtain their RN certification elsewhere. The cost to add the RN option at the technical institute will be minimal due to the already robust LPN program.