Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse

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$67,496.00
Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 42 (AAS)

Do you love being an LPN but looking for more opportunity? At Southeast Tech, build on your LPN diploma to get to where you want to be in just one year with a Registered Nurse degree. This degree is a perfect fit for Southeast Tech LPN graduates or other LPNs who have 750 hours of documented work experience. Just plug your LPN diploma in and move forward with your registered Nurse, AAS Degree to expand your knowledge and expertise as a nurse and increase your earning power!

As a graduate of this program you’ll be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination to earn your RN license after approval by the Board of Nursing in their state of residence. 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. The LPN-RN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Excellence in Nursing. Graduating from a nationally accredited program may increase job opportunities and future education options.

Students in the RN program are typically in classes or clinical a total of 2 days/week. Some clinical days are on Saturdays. During the summer students may have three days of classes if more clinical sites are available. Students will be provided clinical schedules as far in advance as possible.

RN students must demonstrate and check off on all advanced LPN skills, before starting the RN lab course. Check-off times are usually close to Jumpstart (orientation) days. Students will receive information about practice and check-off times.

All nursing students should plan on attending some clinical shifts at facilities outside of Sioux Falls. These facilities are usually, but not always, within a 60 mile radius.

Many students work part time while in the program. Since all the courses are hybrid, students need to plan adequate time for studying and completing assignments outside of class. Students who start the program in January, and complete coursework as scheduled, graduate in December of that year. Students who start in August, complete in July the following year.

There are five required ‘bridge classes’ for this program. All five, Speech, Sociology OR Marriage and Family, Chemistry with lab, Microbiology with a lab, and Physiology with lab, are prerequisites for the RN program. Southeast Tech students can register through Southeast Tech Admissions for Physiology and Microbiology, taught at University of Sioux Falls. These courses are transferable if students pursue a bachelor’s degree later.

Accreditation
Southeast Tech LPN-RN AAS program is accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).

The LPN to RN program has Full Approval Status from the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

The RN degree is a hybrid program where you blend classroom and online courses together which you can choose to complete either with a fall or spring start.

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View Spring Start Curriculum Here

This degree is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 42 (AAS)

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Anne Peterson, RNC, ADN, MSN, BSN
Instructor
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Anne began instructing full time at Southeast Tech in December of 2012. Prior to that she worked as an adjunct instructor for Northwest Iowa Community College as well as Southeast Tech.

Anne received her Associate Degree in Nursing from the College of Southern Idaho and worked briefly at the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. Anne and her family then moved to Nebraska where she worked for Faith Regional Health Services. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Chamberlain College of Nursing after moving to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Anne has a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a certified CPR instructor through the American Heart Association, an electronic fetal monitor instructor through the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses. She has held certification in Inpatient Obstetrics as well as Electronic Fetal Monitoring through the National Credentialing Corporation. Anne is currently enrolled in the Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner program at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska.
She has worked in industry for 24 years as a registered nurse, including; Labor and Delivery, Newborn Nursery, Postpartum, High Risk Antepartum, Neonatal Intensive Care Level 3 and Pediatrics. She also served as a Maternal Flight Nurse with the Careflight Team at Avera McKennan Hospital for 9 years.

Anne is an active member of the South Dakota Perinatal Association, and has presented at the annual conference a couple of times covering the upcoming trends and strip interpretation in electronic fetal monitoring. Anne also is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses as well as the American Nurses Association.

Education: RNC, ADN College of Southern Idaho, MSN Chamberlain College of Nursing, BSN Chamberlain College of Nursing,
 
Kristin Possehl, RN, MSN, MEd, BSN
Nursing Program Director
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Kristin began teaching at Southeast Tech in April, 2001, when she was hired as the LPN Program Director. Since that time, she has led the nursing program through tremendous growth, the addition of the LPN to RN AAS degree, and national accreditation for the RN program. Kristin’s job now is administering the program and supervising the large nursing staff. Kristin was appointed to the SD Board of Nursing in 2010, and currently serves as president. Prior to working at Southeast Tech, she taught high school courses in Brookings, for students interested in health careers. She has also worked as an RN in school nursing, pediatrics, and pediatric oncology. Kristin received a MSN from University of Phoenix, a MEd from South Dakota State University, and a BSN from Vanderbilt University.

She lives in Brookings and enjoys flower gardening, quilting and other crafts and spending time with family.

Education: RN, MSN, University of Phoenix; MEd, South Dakota State University; BSN, Vanderbilt University
 
Stephanie Entringer, RN, MSN Ed, BAN
Instructor
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Stephanie has taught at Southeast Tech full time since January 2011, beginning in the Health Core and recently transitioning to the Nursing Department. Prior to teaching at Southeast Tech, Stephanie served as an adjunct classroom instructor at National American University as well as a clinical instructor for Northwest Iowa Community College.  

She holds certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Stephanie’s nursing experience includes long-term care, correctional health, pulmonary nursing, and post-anesthesia care. She is an active member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing.

Education: RN, MSN Ed., Clarkson College, BAN, Augustana College
 
Sara J. Lease, RN, MSN, BSN
Instructor/RN Coordinator
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Sara J. Lease has been teaching at Southeast Tech for seven years specializing in mental health and medical-surgical courses.

Regarding her teaching philosophy, Sara believes that personal contact with students is essential to her approach. Many need encouragement to talk to their instructor, so she emphasizes her availability for informal discussion and her willingness to help them sort out any problems they have with what they are learning. Her experience as an instructor is greatly enriched by this contact with students. Sara stated, “I am fortunate to teach in a professional school where I can follow the progress of the students through the program and sometimes beyond graduation.”

As she gained experience and confidence as an instructor, she came to regard teaching as her primary professional responsibility. Consequently, she moved into some areas of teaching administration and faculty development. Her current position as RN program coordinator legitimizes her efforts to effect changes in the nursing curriculum, and places her where she can have an influence on the "learning climate" of the nursing school. She is able to help her colleagues develop as teachers in her role as a veteran instructor.

Education: RN, MSN, University of Phoenix ; BSN, South Dakota State University; AA, University of South Dakota; LPN, Minnesota West-Worthington
 
Katie Farrell
Nursing Program Secretary
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Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Health Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014, and has worked in health care since 2011. She has worked in Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and as a yoga and Pilates instructor. She strives to make the lives of nursing students a little easier, and supports the students and faculty of the Southeast Tech Nursing Program in any way she can.

Katie lives in Sioux Falls and enjoys travelling, coffee, and camping and hiking with her family.
 

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