Love being an LPN but looking for more opportunity? As a registered Nurse, you can move forward in the rewarding field you already know and love. Expand your knowledge and expertise as a nurse which will complement the technical skills you already possess as an LPN.

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! graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination.

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.

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 transferrable if students pursue a bachelor’s degree later.     


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. 

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and be licensed as an LPN 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.

View Southeast Technical Institute Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes, based on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN).

Background checks and drug screenings are required for this program. For more information please see Additional Program Requirements.

View Registered Nurse Curriculum

Find the RN Handbook here.

Find the Health Handbook here.

Registered Nurse Program Graduate Outcomes

Meet Our Instructors

Kristin Possehl, Program Director; RN, MSN, University of Phoenix; MEd, South Dakota State University; BSN, Vanderbilt University

Stephanie Entringer; MSN, Clarkson College; BA in Nursing, Augustana College; Registered Nurse, SD Board of Nursing

Sara Lease, RN Coordinator/Instructor; MSN, University of Phoenix; BSN, South Dakota State University; AA, University of South Dakota; LPN, Worthington Community College

Anne Peterson; MSN, BSN, Chamberlain College of Nursing; ADN, College of Southern Idaho; RNC, NCC Professional Certification in Inpatient Obstetrics and Electronic Fetal Monitoring