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Learning opportunities

Through a unique combination of video, online, self-study, mentoring and hands-on training and experience, employees have an opportunity to continue to grow in their careers with The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. Employees may select career training options in clinical and non-clinical tracks. These options may begin with basic nursing assistant training and include advanced nursing assistant training, licensed practical nursing and registered nursing degree programs, management certificate programs as well as advanced degrees in healthcare management and nursing.


For more information about the Society's Career Lattice for employees, please visit www.careerlattice.org.

As a staff-centered organization, the Good Samaritan Society encourages employees to develop their God-given gifts and reach toward their potential.


To assist in this pursuit, the Good Samaritan Society’s Learning and Strategic Integration Division created a Career Lattice for Society staff members in 2004. Various components of the programs were funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.


The Career Lattice offers staff members several training programs, certifications and degree options, made available through the Society and its academic partners.


The programs are a welcome alternative to staff members in rural areas who may not have access to a school offering higher education, as well as to staff members in urban areas who might be faced with long waiting lists for the schools in their areas. Most of the programs are self-directed, meaning staff members can study during times convenient to their schedules, while also continuing to work at their centers.


For more information about the Society's Career Lattice for employees, please visit www.careerlattice.org.

The following are some of the program options offered through the Good Samaritan Society's Career Lattice. 


Advanced Certified Nursing Assistant Curriculum

This center-facilitated curriculum offers nursing assistants training to further develop their skills and knowledge. The coursework is supplemented by on-the-job training. Participants may pursue specialized skills and knowledge in mentoring, restorative care or dementia care. 



Licensed Practical Nursing Program

Staff members may receive a diploma in practical nursing (LPN) through Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D. Coursework is completed online and clinicals are held in Watertown. The accredited program is open to staff members in South Dakota and five neighboring states.


RN to BSN Programs

Options are available online through several academic partners, including Bellevue University, South Dakota State University and The University of South Dakota.


Master’s degree in nursing through South Dakota State University

Registered nurses looking for advanced-practice nursing administration, clinical practice, nursing education and leadership roles can earn a master of science in nursing through the Society’s partnership with South Dakota State University. The online program builds on previous education and experience; the program offers two tracks, family nurse practitioner and nurse administrator. 


Degrees through Bellevue University

Staff members can receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees through online programs offered by Bellevue University, one of the Society’s accredited academic partners. Degree options include a bachelor of science in healthcare management, a bachelor of arts in health science, a master’s in healthcare administration and a master’s in business administration with a healthcare concentration.


Scholarships and funding assistance through the Good Samaritan Society

The Good Samaritan Society offers several scholarship and education funding assistance programs to encourage and help staff members pursue their educational goals, as well as continue their commitment to carrying out the Good Samaritan Society’s mission in their daily work.


For more information about the Society's Career Lattice for employees, please visit www.careerlattice.org.