Nov 24, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


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Career opportunities in nursing are excellent. Employment of nurses is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2012. New positions in nursing are expected from retirement of existing nurses, technological developments in patient care and an expansion of the need for medical care. As a result of the aging population, employment in home health care and in nursing homes are expected to grow the fastest. In addition, many procedures traditionally performed by physicians are being shifted to nurses with special training. Thus, new job opportunities will add to the growing market for nurses.

Black Hills State University offers pre-nursing courses in cooperation with the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. There are two major education paths to a career as a registered nurse: Associate of Science degree in nursing (A.D.N.) from USD (articulation from RN to BSN is also available), and Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing (B.S.) from SDSU. Students can complete courses at BHSU prior to enrolling into these degree programs which are located in Rapid City.

In addition, states require prospective nurses pass a national examination to obtain a nursing license. Nursing education involves classroom instruction and clinical practice in hospitals and/or other health care facilities. BHSU offers courses that fulfill the requirements for all the basic science and general education courses. Pre-nursing students are encouraged to join the Health Sciences Student Organization at BHSU,

The following individuals should be contacted for specific information regarding program and application requirements:

University of South Dakota (A.D.N.)        
      Sandy Teigen   605-394-5396
South Dakota State University (B.S.)        
  Kathleen Fitzgerald-Ellis   605-394-5390

Sources of Additional Information

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
National League for Nursing
South Dakota Board of Nursing
South Dakota Nurses Association


Note - Pre-Professional Preparation Programs

These are recommendations based on requirements for professional schools in South Dakota or in this region. Students are advised to contact any particular schools of interest to identify particular prerequisites for that institution. Much of this information is available from Dr. Charles Lamb (

Program Requirements


Requirements   Course Titles  
BIOL 121   Basic Anatomy  
BIOL 121L   Basic Anatomy Lab  
BIOL 123   Basic Physiology  
BIOL 123L   Basic Physiology Lab  
BIOL 231   Microbiology  
BIOL 231L   Microbiology Lab  
CHEM 106   Chemistry Survey  
CHEM 106L   Chemistry Survey Lab  
CHEM 107   Organic & Biochemistry  
CHEM 107L   Organic & Biochemistry Lab  
ENGL 101   Composition I  
ENGL 201   Composition II  
HLTH 422   Nutrition  
HLTH 499/452   Human Nutrition  
Arts & Humanities      
Land & Natural Resource   take  course from:  
    AIS/ENGL 256-Literature of the American West  
    BIOL 101/L-Survey of Biology & Lab  
    BIOL 311-Principles of Ecology
MATH 102   College Algebra  
MATH 281   Statistics  
PSYC 101   General Psychology  
PSYC 221   Lifespan Developmental Psychology *  
SOC 380   Sociology of Life Styles  
SOC 100   Introduction to Sociology  
SOC 150   Social Problems  
SPCM 101   Fundamentals of Speech *  
SPCM 215   Public Speaking  
SPCM 222   Argument Debate  
WEL 100   Wellness for Life  
WEL 100 LAB   Wellness for Life Lab  

 * Preferred course

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