Becoming an LPN in South Dakota

South Dakota supports quality nursing by focusing on collaboration, education, information, and leadership. Attempting to deliver high-quality patient care, they pride themselves on maintaining a competent health workforce. To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in South Dakota (which is also a Nurse Licensure Compact state) the proper application must be filed by the applicant. By 2024, it’s been predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that a 1% increase in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) jobs per year is expected for the state of South Dakota. While currently about 5 schools offer LPN programs across the state, this predicted increase in jobs will likely increase the number of programs available to students over the next several years.

South Dakota LPN Licensing Requirements

South Dakota requires intensive state-approved educational programs for its nurses to prepare them to work in the field. Graduates are required to sit for the NCLEX—a passing score is expected before licensure can be granted. Along with the required licensing application, South Dakota LPN applicants must also submit:

  • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program.
  • Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
  • Criminal background check.

South Dakota Licensure and Procedures:

Other requirements to become an LPN may include physical strength and endurance, including the ability to lift patients, move machinery, and stand for long periods of time.

As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), South Dakota does not require additional licensing for nurses who reside within other compact states to practice within the state. Nurses from outside of the compact area wanting to work within the state, however, are required to apply for a license by endorsement and provide:

  • Official transcript from state-approved nursing school.
  • Verification of licensure of another state.
  • Verification of having worked at least 140 hours in any 12 month period over the last 6 years.
  • Criminal background check.
  • Valid social security number.
  • Course-by-course evaluation of official transcripts if licensed in another country.

South Dakota LPN licenses expire every 2 years on the licensee’s birthday. The applicant must provide employment verification—at least 140 hours in any 12-month period or an accumulation of at least 480 within the preceding 6 years).

Learn more about South Dakota LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in South Dakota By Area

The table below lists career information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in South Dakota. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Sioux Falls730$17.29$35,970
Rapid City310$18.06$37,570

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our South Dakota LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

LPN Programs in South Dakota

Lake Area Technical Institute
1201 Arrow Ave., Watertown, SD 57201
(800) 657-4344 Visit Homepage
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Sinte Gleska University
101 Antelope Lake Cir, Mission, SD 57555
(605) 856-8100 Visit Homepage
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Sisseton Wahpeton College
12572 BIA Highway 700, Sisseton, SD 57262
(605) 698-3966 Visit Homepage
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Southeast Technical Institute
2320 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57107
(605) 367-6040 Visit Homepage
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Western Dakota Tech
800 Mickelson Dr, Rapid City, SD 57703
(605) 394-4034 Visit Homepage
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