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.     

Status of Accreditation
The LPN to RN program has continued Interim Status from the South Dakota Board of Nursing. This status will remain the same until statistics are available from two years of results on the NCLEX-RN board exam.

Southeast Tech's LPN to RN AAS program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The next step in accreditation is scheduling the site visit for ACEN, and submission of the program self-study. As soon as the site visit is scheduled, the dates will be posted on our website and nursing Facebook page.

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

Questions? Call Laurie, our Nursing Programs Secretary at 605.367.5728.



Meet Our Instructors


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


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


Jenny Hayashi; BSN, South Dakota State University; ADN, University of South Dakota; AAS, Lake Area Technical Institute


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