Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)

Overview

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For the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) looking to advance your career path, the Registered Nursing (LPN to RN) program at Mitchell Tech is designed to build upon your previously learned and practiced foundational nursing knowledge as an LPN. Our curriculum will allow you to grow into your new RN role in just one year.

As an RN student at Mitchell Tech, you will master scientific, physiologic, psychosocial, and fundamental nursing knowledge which will expand and develop your critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. With nursing theory and general education classes delivered online, the program requires minimal trips to campus.  You will attend clinicals one day a week within the Mitchell and surrounding communities to expand your nursing knowledge and skills. The RN program will also incorporate clinical simulation experiences using Mitchell Tech’s sim labs and virtual technology.

Upon completion of the LPN to RN program, you will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. Obtaining your RN degree will provide you with more opportunities to transition into a variety of expanded nursing roles. 

Graduates of the RN program will find jobs in a variety of settings that may include acute care, long-term care, ambulatory care, home health care, correctional facilities, outpatient care facilities and other settings where nurses are needed.

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Curriculum

Award: AAS Degree

Semesters
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Prerequisites
ENGL101 > English Composition3 credits
MATH103 > Mathematical Reasoning3 credits
PSYC101 > General Psychology3 credits
> Chemistry Survey with lab4 credits
> General Microbiology with lab4 credits
Total Semester Hours17 credits
First Semester
RN200 (online) > Health and Illness Concepts Across the Lifespan I5 credits
RN201 > Clinical Intensive I3 credits
RN205 (online) > Professional and Healthcare Concepts I3 credits
Total Semester Hours11 credits
Second Semester
RN210 (online) > Health and Illness Concepts Across the Lifespan II5 credits
RN211 > Clinical Intensive II2 credits
RN215 (online) > Professional and Healthcare Concepts II3 credits
SPCM101 > Fundamentals of Speech3 credits
Total Semester Hours13 credits
Third Semester
RN220 (online) > Health and Illness Concepts Across the Lifespan III5 credits
RN221 > Clinical Intensive III1 credit
RN250 > RN Capstone Practicum3 credits
SOC100 > Introduction to Sociology3 credits
Total Semester Hours12 credits

Requirements

ADMISSION INTO MITCHELL TECH

  • Complete admission application
  • Have a high school transcript sent to Mitchell Tech
  • Have your college or technical school transcripts sent to Mitchell Tech

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR RN

  • Hold a current and unencumbered LPN/LVN/PN license
  • GPA from graduating LPN program at 2.5 or above
  • Have a C or above on all prerequisite courses:
    • Chemistry Survey with lab
    • Basic/General Microbiology with lab
    • Mathematical Reasoning or equivalent
    • General Psychology
    • English Composition
  • Complete 750 hours of paid work experience as an LPN within the past 12 months
  • Return one work reference from current supervisor

NEXT STEPS FOR ACCEPTED STUDENTS

Once you have been formally accepted into the RN program, you will be required to complete the following:

  • Submission of your immunization record with documentation of all required immunizations (at your expense)
  • Complete a criminal background check (at your expense)
  • Undergo a student physical (at your expense)
  • Present proof that you carry health insurance (at your expense)
  • Current CPR certification
  • Complete required documents provided to you by program administrator

LICENSURE DISCLOSURE

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN and be licensed as an RN in South Dakota. 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 (Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements | NCSBN)

*Inquiries and questions may be directed to the South Dakota Board of Nursing or MTC Nursing Program Director.

Mitchell Technical College has determined that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Mitchell Technical College has made no determination that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands.

South Dakota is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact which allows a nurse that is licensed and residing in South Dakota to be able to practice in other compact states without obtaining additional licensure.  This compact gives multistate rights to registered nurses and licensed practical nurses residing in a member state. The South Dakota Board of Nursing and National Council State Boards of Nursing provides additional details about the Nurse Licensure Compact.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

This program allows you to bring your own laptop as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory – 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at Mitchell Tech
NO APPLE/MAC COMPUTERS

Outcomes

Upon completion of the RN program the student will be able to:
  • Incorporate standards of nursing practice and clinical judgment to provide cost-effective, safe, and skilled nursing care.
  • Display innovation, prioritization, and leadership through the use of evidence-based practice and technology.
  • Model holistic, culturally sensitive, compassionate nursing care for the client and family.
  • Uphold client advocacy through assertive, ethical, and client-centered care.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration through the use of effective communication.
  • Value the qualities of integrity, determination, life-long learning, and accountability in the role of the professional nurse.
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Nursing Instructional Technician

Program Director

Cost

Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ
$ 4000

Other Required Costs

Books / Tools (estimated)$361

Accreditation

The Mitchell Tech LPN to RN Nursing program has been granted Full Approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing (SDBON).

For further information regarding the program’s status with SDBON, please contact:

Dr. Carena Jarding, DNP, RN
Nursing Program Director
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301
(605) 995-7148

Quality Indicators

Licensure exam rates for Registered Nursing program graduates (National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nursing)
Exam
Year
First-time
Candidates
PassingPercentage
Passing
2022201995%
20232121100%
Completion rate for Registered Nursing program
Cohort YearNumber Beginning
Program
Number Graduating in
150% of Normal Time
to Graduate
Completion
Rate
2021-22232087%
2022-23252184%
Placement rate for Registered Nursing program graduates
Year
Graduated
Number Responding
Graduates
Number Employed
or Continuing Ed within
6 Months of Graduation
Placement
Rate
20222020100%
20232121100%

Scholarships

$1000

4 AVAIL.

Osterhaus Endowed Scholarships

Martin and Maude Osterhaus established this endowed scholarship in 1995 to provide financial support for at least four deserving Mitchell Tech students each year. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient’s account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power – Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be a currently enrolled first year full-time student in any two year program Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must have good leadership skills

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Mitchell Tech Retiree Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship was established by the former faculty and staff of Mitchell Tech.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power – Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
Office Technology Specialist
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be enrolled full time at MTC. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

Laverne & Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship

Charlene Bainbridge

The LaVerne and Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship is eligible for any program at Mitchell Technical College. Also the recipient must have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher and be a current student.
Accounting
Administrative Office Specialist
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Engineering Technology
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power – Ag Power Technology
Diesel Power – Light Truck Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
On Campus
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Progressive Welding Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time student in any program at Mitchell Technical College. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

$1000

2 AVAIL.

John And Diane Weber “Career Change” Endowed Scholarship

John and Diane Weber Family and Friends

This scholarship was established in 2015 by the daughters of Diane Weber. Diane’s early adult years were spent in the Peace Corp, working at Bell Telephone and teaching German and English after college. The scholarship honors Diane’s desire in 1974 to change her career and her enrollment at Mitchell Tech to become a Clinical Lab Technician. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient’s account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power – Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Full time enrollment in a program at Mitchell Technical College to prepare for a career change GPA of 3.0 or higher Program instructor recommendation Outside employment of 10 hours or more per week Completion of current online scholarship application during the open application period time frame

$500

4 AVAIL.

Forty And Eight Voiture 481 Nurse Training Scholarship

Forty and Eight Voiture 481

La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses), is an independent, invitation only, honor society of American veterans and service members; more commonly known as The Forty and Eight. The Forty and Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims. Our purpose is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, to promote the well-being of veterans, their widows, widowers and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurses training. The titles and symbols of The Forty and Eight are derived from the experiences of U.S. troops during World War I. American soldiers were transported to the front on the French rail system. Cramped into narrow gauge boxcars, each stenciled with “40 Hommes/8 Chevaux”, denoting its capacity to hold either 40 men or 8 horses. The Forty and Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France. Originally an arm of the American Legion, the Forty and Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran’s organization in 1960. 2 scholarships for LPN program. 2 scholarships for LPN to RN.
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
Applicant must be a fulltime student enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program or LPN-RN program Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must be in good academic standing with the program Recommendations may be requested from program instructors Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$500

1 AVAIL.

Daniel Roy Todd Memorial Scholarship

Daniel Todd Family

Daniel Roy Todd, son of native Letcher, SD parents, returned to his family roots in 1998 to care for his father and in August, 2001 he accepted the position of Executive Director of the recently-established Mitchell Technical College Foundation. Dan’s varied experiences in research, planning, consulting, and community development allowed him to focus on strategic planning for the Mitchell Technical College Foundation. In a very short time he had established the Mitchell Technical College Alumni Association and provided an excellent base upon which the Foundation was built. Dan passed away in 2005 after a brief illness but the Mitchell Technical College Foundation still credits him with the early success of the organization. The Daniel Roy Todd Fund began providing scholarships in 2016.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power – Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be a currently enrolled first year full-time student in any two year program Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship First priority of scholarship recipient is a graduate of Sanborn Central or Artesian/Letcher High School. In the event there is not an application from Sanborn County the award will be given to a Davison County resident The award will be announced in January each year and applied to the recipient’s account the following Fall semester

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
[email protected]

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