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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 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, www.BHSU.edu/hsso

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

University of South Dakota (A.D.N.)        
      Sandy Teigen   steigen@usd.edu   605-394-5396
South Dakota State University (B.S.)        
  Kathleen Fitzgerald-Ellis   Kathleen.FitzgeraldEllis@sdstate.edu   605-394-5390

Sources of Additional Information

American Association of Colleges of Nursing http://aacn.nche.edu
National League for Nursing http://www.nln.org/
South Dakota Board of Nursing http://www.state.sd.us/doh/nursing/
South Dakota Nurses Association http://www.nursingworld.org/snas/sd/about.htm


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 (JS-150, 642-6026, CharlesLamb@BHSU.edu).

Program Requirements


Requirements   Course Titles   SDSU   USD
        (B.S.)   (A.D.N.)
BIOL 121   Basic Anatomy   Yes   Yes
BIOL 121L   Basic Anatomy Lab   Yes   Yes
BIOL 123   Basic Physiology   Yes   Yes
BIOL 123L   Basic Physiology Lab   Yes   Yes
BIOL 231   Microbiology   Yes   Yes
BIOL 231L   Microbiology Lab   Yes   No
CHEM 106   Chemistry Survey   Yes   Yes
CHEM 106L   Chemistry Survey Lab   Yes   Yes
CHEM 107   Organic & Biochemistry   Yes   No
CHEM 107L   Organic & Biochemistry Lab   Yes   No
ENGL 101   Composition I   Yes   Yes
ENGL 201   Composition II   Yes   No
HLTH 422   Nutrition   No   No
HLTH 499/452   Human Nutrition   Yes   No
Arts & Humanities       6 Crs.   3 Crs.
Land & Natural Resource   take  course from:   3 Crs.   No
    AIS/ENGL 256-Literature of the American West      
    BIOL 101/L-Survey of Biology & Lab      
    BIOL 311-Principles of Ecology      
MATH 102   College Algebra   Yes   Yes
MATH 281   Statistics   Yes   No
PSYC 101   General Psychology   Yes   Yes
PSYC 221   Lifespan Developmental Psychology *        
SOC 380   Sociology of Life Styles   Yes   No
SOC 100   Introduction to Sociology        
SOC 150   Social Problems   Yes   No
SPCM 101   Fundamentals of Speech *        
SPCM 215   Public Speaking        
SPCM 222   Argument Debate   Yes   Yes
WEL 100   Wellness for Life   Yes   No
WEL 100 LAB   Wellness for Life Lab   Yes   No

 * Preferred course

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