Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, SD 57201
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Lake Area Technical Institute is located in Watertown, South Dakota on a 40-acre campus. It was established back in 1965and is actually the very first technical school that was established in South Dakota. This school has thirty different programs of study including many associate’s degree options and certificate courses. Students will also be able to enjoy various e-degree possibilities, making for an educational institution that is very convenient for all students. The school has been helping students to receive the training that they need to gain employment in high-demand career fields. The Lake Area Technical Institute is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Students of Lake Area Technical Institute will be able to pursue practical nursing or associate’s degree nursing paths. The practical nursing path even offers an e-degree option. Students will need to complete the practical nursing portion of the curriculum first before proceeding with their second year. Students can complete the practical nursing program in 11 months when attending school on a full-time basis. There is also a part-time option available for the e-degree course. The nursing program at Lake Area Technical Institute has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students2,055
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 2 64
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 89.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1980 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
06/01/1984 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$114/credit
In State Students$114/credit
Out of State Students$114/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $5,130 $5,130 $5,130
ADN 70 $7,980 $7,980 $7,980
BSN 125 $14,250 $14,250 $14,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of Lake Area Technical Institute's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 40% $4,188
Other Federal Grant 14% $442
State Grant & Scholarships 10% $4,210
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 26% $868
Federal Student Loans 88% $5,036
Private Loans 10% $8,170


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$9,326
$30,001 to $48,000$10,052
$48,001 to $75,000$12,642
$75,001 to $110,000$14,394
Over $110,000$14,459

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien
Two or more races

Relevant scholarships

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and South Dakota state board of nursing.
Lake Area Technical Institute
1201 Arrow Avenue
Watertown, SD 57201

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