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New facility expands graduate nursing program

West River Nursing Dedication

The College of Nursing graduate facility and the Native American Nursing Education Center opened in March 2017 with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the 5,000 square foot building. The building is home to several classrooms and faculty offices to support the growing interest for graduate—and undergraduate programs—in Rapid City.

Graduate programs include a Master of Science with specializations as a family nurse practitioner, nurse educator and in clinical nursing leadership. Students can earn a doctor of nursing practice with a specialization in family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatric clinical nurse specialist or psychiatric mental health nurse. A Ph.D. in nursing is also available.

The Native American Nursing Education Center supports all native students and those in the Wokunze Wicaske Alliance, a program established in summer 2015 to attract and retain native students. The program is led by an inclusive alliance of tribal partners, community members and academic leaders.