SWC Nursing Department Graduates 100+ Students

May 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-4: Health and Healing, Tribal College News

Sisseton Wahpeton College’s (SWC, Agency Village, SD) Department of Nursing provides a true “ladder” program. Established in 1992, the nursing programs are approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

The ladder program means students can achieve success in increments, first earning a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate, then progressing up the ladder to licensing as a Practical Nurse, and then as a Registered Nurse, as their interest and life circumstances allow.

The Certified Nursing Assistant program established in 1998 involves 75 hours of course work and then passing the state examination. Sixty-five students have passed the exam to become Certified Nursing Assistants.

The Practical Nurse program, which began in 2002, consists of 1 year’s worth of pre-requisite college courses and 10 months of nursing courses. So far, 44 students have successfully completed the coursework, passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), and are now Licensed Practical Nurses. There are currently nine students enrolled who are expected to complete the program in June 2007.

The Associate Degree Registered Nurse program started in the spring of 2007 and consists of college courses and 10 months of nursing courses. When the course work is successfully completed, the student takes the national examination, NCLEX-RN.

The six students currently enrolled are expected to complete the program in February 2008. The program can accommodate 15 students, and enrollment is open in the spring and fall, so nine more students are expected in the fall of 2007.

In all three rungs on the nursing ladder, SWC students learn cultural sensitivity and lessons from Dakota elders. In addition to the formal classroom instruction, SWC nursing students also help program leaders to host an annual tribal health fair that features health screenings and awareness education on a variety of wellness topics.

SWC was established in 1979, is located on the Lake Traverse Reservation, and serves the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of the Dakota people.

For additional information on the SWC Nursing Programs, contact Alta Jaquet at (605) 742-1106


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