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The SDSU NDI offers supervised practice opportunities in several regions across the state of South Dakota.

  • Interns spend the first year of the NDI program engaged in graduate coursework with graduate courses provided on the SDSU Brookings campus. Supervised practice rotations occur during the final academic year of the intern’s program track.
  • During the Fall semester of the first year in the NDI program; new interns will be asked to identify their regional preference for completion of their supervised practice rotation hours. In addition, interns will be asked to note their potential housing opportunities for a particular region (i.e. family, friends, etc.). Every effort will be made to accommodate intern requests. However, it will be the Program director’s final decision regarding placement of interns in a region.
  • By Dec. 1 of the first year in the NDI program; the Program Director will inform interns of their regional rotation placements for the following year while in supervised practice.
  • Interns placed into a region may be required to travel 60 miles one way to a rotation site which is dependent on where they choose to live during their supervised practice rotations.
  • Interns will be required to attend the practicum and orientation courses before being placed in a region for their supervised practice hours.
  • Due to the distance from the SDSU campus for many of the regions, distance forms of communication (i.e. video conferencing, etc.) will be utilized for discussions between the program director and the intern’s graduate faculty advisor while interns are engaged in their supervised practice rotations. 
  • It is the intern’s responsibility to find housing in their supervised practice region. In some regions and at certain facilities, housing may be provided. 
  • Interns are typically assigned to one facility for a majority of both their clinical and management rotations. Depending on region and availability, interns may complete these rotations at more than one site. Community supervised practice hours are typically completed at multiple sites with intern experiences typically in a retail setting, school district, with SDSU Extension and at WIC clinics (Women, Infants and Children).

Regional Rotation Placements

Watertown/Brookings Area(Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Watertown (26-28 weeks) with some travel to Brookings (4-6 weeks).

Brookings/Sioux Falls Area (Max Number of Interns = 2)

Travel: majority of rotations in Brookings (26-28 weeks) with some travel to Sioux Falls (4-6 weeks).

Sioux Falls/Madison Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Sioux Falls (20
weeks) with some travel to Madison (12 weeks).

Sioux Falls/Brookings Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Sioux Falls (26-28 weeks) with some travel to Brookings (4-6 weeks).

Sioux Falls Area (Max Number of Interns = 7)

Travel: majority of rotations in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas (within 20 miles) (33 weeks).

Yankton/Vermillion Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Yankton (28-30 weeks) with some travel to Vermillion (2-4 weeks).

Mitchell Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Mitchell and surrounding areas (within 20 miles) (33 weeks).

Rapid City Area (Max Number of Interns = 2)

Travel: majority of rotations in Rapid City and surrounding areas (within 20 miles) (32 weeks).

Site List

Sites utilized by the NDI are subject to change dependent on scheduling needs, preceptor availability, etc.

Watertown and Brookings Area

  • Community Rotation: SDSU Extension, WIC clinics, Hy-Vee Grocery Store in Brookings
  • Management Rotation: Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, Aramark Services in Brookings
  • Clinical Rotation: Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, Brown Clinic, area Long Term Care Facilities
  • School Rotation: Watertown or Brookings School District

Brookings and Sioux Falls Area

  • Community Rotation: SDSU Extension, SDSU Miller Wellness Center, Feeding Brookings, WIC clinics, Hy-Vee Grocery Stores in Brookings and Sioux Falls, Live Well Sioux Falls, Summit Managed Services
  • Management Rotation: Brookings Health System, VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, Sanford in Sioux Falls, Avera in Sioux Falls, Avera Heart in Sioux Falls
  • Clinical Rotation: Brookings Health System, United Living Community in Brookings, VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, Sanford in Sioux Falls, Avera in Sioux Falls, Avera Heart in Sioux Falls, Avera Diabetes Center, Lifescape in Sioux Falls, Dakotabilities in Sioux Falls and Sanford Children’s Specialty in Sioux Falls, Madison Regional Hospital
  • School Rotation: Brookings School District

Yankton and Vermillion Area

  • Community Rotation: Hy-Vee Grocery Store in Yankton, area WIC clinics, SDSU Extension
  • Management Rotation: Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton, Human Services Center in Yankton
  • Clinical Rotation: Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton, Human Services Center in Yankton, Sanford Health in Vermillion, area Long Term Care Facilities
  • School Rotation: Yankton School District

Mitchell Area

  • Community Rotation: SDSU Extension, area WIC clinics
  • Management Rotation: Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell
  • Clinical Rotation: Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, area Long Term Care Facilities
  • School Rotation: Mitchell School District

Rapid City Area

  • Community Rotation: WIC clinics, SDSU Extension
  • Management Rotation: Rapid City Regional Healthcare Facilities, VA in the Black Hills, Youth and Family Services
  • Clinical Rotation: Rapid City Regional Healthcare Facilities, VA in the Black Hills, Indian Health Services, Black Hills Special Services, area Long Term Care Facilities
  • School Rotation: Rapid City School District

Scheduling

The number of months interns are actively engaged in supervised practice = 8 months.

Interns spend approximately 8-9 weeks each in management, 10-11 weeks in clinical and community rotations and 2-3 weeks in a school rotation. Research hours are provided for capstone/paper and/or thesis projects as part of the master’s degree requirements and are completed throughout the program as advised by the intern’s academic faculty advisor. The number of planned supervised practice hours for each rotation may vary each year and is updated in the NDI handbook on an annual basis.

The following scheduling blocks are utilized for rotation management and are dependent on regional placement and site/preceptor availability and scheduling preferences. Every effort is made to not “break up” rotation types (i.e. management X 2 weeks then clinical X 2 weeks then back to management, etc.). However, there may be occasions when an intern’s community rotation is broken up with completion at the end or before a clinical or management rotation and is dependent on region, availability of community sites and preceptor scheduling preferences.

Scheduling Blocks

Aug. – Mid Oct.

Mid Oct. – first part of Jan.*

Mid Jan. – End of March

Management Rotation

Community & School Rotation

Clinical Rotation

Management Rotation

Clinical Rotation

Community & School Rotation

Community & School Rotation

Management Rotation

Clinical Rotation

Community &School Rotation

Clinical Rotation

Management Rotation

Clinical Rotation

Management Rotation

Community & School Rotation

Clinical Rotation

Community & School Rotation

Management Rotation

Unique Experience Opportunities

Interns will have an opportunity to choose from various “unique experiences” located in various parts of SD. These types of experiences are voluntary and the intern is not required to choose a unique experience. The availability of these experiences is dependent on preceptor and/or site agreements and may be subject to change. These experiences are typically 1-2 weeks in length. Because these experiences may be outside of the intern’s home base region where they are doing the majority of their supervised practice rotations, lodging accommodations will be made at hotels that accept South Dakota state rates. Interns can be eligible to receive lodging paid for by the internship for a maximum of nights as determined by the Program Director. If the intern desires to stay longer, any additional lodging expense will be the intern’s responsibility. Interns will be required to use their own vehicle and will not be reimbursed for travel or meals during these experiences. The program director will ascertain interest and ask interns to rank their preferences. Every effort will be made to accommodate the intern’s wishes however this may not always be possible depending on availability of experiences, intern preferences and the NDI budget. In the event that there are more “top” choices for a unique experience than there is availability – the program director will consider the intern’s rotation schedules and in some cases, “draw from a hat” to make any final determinations! Examples of unique experiences include but are not limited to: Indian Health Services, Community and Long Term Care Consultants and Healthcare facilities serving children and/or adults with disabilities.