Nursing (PN)

Practical Nursing Program

Presentation College’s Practical Nursing program is a one-year program that combines liberal arts and a science foundation with an extensive range of nursing courses. After earning the certificate, students are eligible to take the national examination for licensure as a licensed practical nurse (NCLEX). The PN Certificate can be achieved online with on site clinicals. 


“Having smaller class sizes is beneficial for a Nursing school learning experience. That one-on-one with your professor will really help with your more difficult classes.”

- Audra Antonsen


Third Party Comment for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Division of Nursing at Presentation College will be undergoing an virtual accreditation evaluation of its BSN program with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education on January 20-22, 2021. As part of the evaluation process constituents have an opportunity to submit third party comments regarding the programs’ qualification. Third party comments must relate to the CCNE Standards of Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). Written third party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation or by December 30, 2020. CCNE staff communicate the comments only to the on-site evaluation team. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English. Third party comments are invited in writing to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001



The nursing program delivers a broad base of knowledge—which includes the study of behavioral sciences and humanities—to reflect the variety of roles served by nurses in the 21st century. Students are partnered with a faculty coach in the second year, and we use very few adjunct faculty when compared to most other nursing programs.


As a student in the nursing program, you’ll benefit from our strong reputation and the valuable connections and relationships we’ve built with the region’s top hospitals and health care organizations, including Avera Health and Sanford Health. This significantly eases the burden of finding top clinical placement sites, which for most other schools is a highly competitive process.

To be eligible for the CPN program, students must meet general admissions requirements. Students must be residents of:

  • South Dakota 


Students in the Nursing Program begin their clinical training early in the first semester. And with facilities like our cadaver lab—and state-of-the-art Avera Simulation Center—you’ll gain outstanding hands-on learning opportunities.