Kathy Magorian

Kathy Magorian

Academic Program Site Director


Lee Medicine & Science Hall 307

Phone: (605) 658-5609

Email: Kathy.Magorian@usd.edu


Dr. Kathy Magorian is currently the Academic Director of USD BSN programming and the site director for Vermillion Campus. Dr. Magorian has clinical experience in a variety of areas which include medical/surgical nursing; geriatric and geriatric mental health; acute adult mental health and interventional pain management. Since coming to the nursing program at USD, she has been instrumental in curricular revision and continues to provide direction and leadership in the implementation of concept-based curriculum and teaching strategies.

Teaching Interests:

Medical/Surgical content area Geriatric and geriatric psych

Research Interests:

Effective Practices for Utilizing and Implementing a Concept-based Curriculum in Nursing Education (Dissertation); NCLEX results Gero-psyche/Alzheimer's Disease


  • EDD, Adult and Higher Education, University of South Dakota, 2013
  • MS, Nursing Education, University of Southern Indiana, 2005
  • BS, Nursing, Mt. Marty College, 1997

Licensures and Certifications:

  • RN, State of South Dakota

Awards and Honors:

  • Excellence in Scholarship, USD Nursing, 2013
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers, 2005
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Omicron Psi Chapter, 2004
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers, 2003


  • Magorian, Kathy. "Building a Foundation for Decency - Strategies to promote Civility in the Educational Environment. Presented at the USD School of Health Sciences Clinical Education Workshop, Vermillion, SD. (September 25, 2015)
  • Magorian, Kathy. "Faculty Perceptions of effective practices for utilizing a framework to develop a concept-based curriculum in nursing education. Presented at the Research Seminar, Sioux City, IA. (May 6, 2014)
  • Feller, Lisa, Magorian, Kathy. Upfront and Measureable: Using QSEN Competencies as a Framework for an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum. Presented at the 2010 QSEN National Forum, Denver, Colorado. (June 3, 2010)