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Public Universities Respond to State Workforce Education Needs

The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests to meet emerging workforce trends across the state.

The following actions South Dakota State University were approved:

  • The Postgraduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate, requested by the state’s clinical providers and the South Dakota Board of Nursing. It will allow advanced practice registered nurses to add an additional area of specialty in mental health. The new certificate, requiring 18 credit hours of study, is targeted to practicing nurse practitioners who already hold a master’s or doctoral degree. The certificate comes in response to critical shortages in mental health treatment across South Dakota.
  • New delivery options for programs in geographic information sciences. The university’s existing GIS minor will now be available online, while its GIS certificate will be offered at University Center-Sioux Falls and through online delivery. These changes in delivery are in response to growing market demands from the geospatial technology industry for graduates who can utilize geographic applications and technologies in a changing world.