USD Nursing Students to Provide Health Care in Guatemala as Part of School's Global Mission

Image Kathy Magorian and a Guatemalan girl Kathy Magorian and a young girl named Catarina at a school-based health screening USD nursing assisted with in Guatemala

LOS JOMETES, Guatemala -- The University of South Dakota Department of Nursing has added a new international clinical experience opportunity that will allow nursing students to travel to Guatemala to provide health care services to rural, indigenous people.

Students will work with residents in and near Los Jometes, a small community in the middle region of the Central American nation, beginning in Fall 2016.

Kathy Magorian, USD’s Nursing Department academic director, said planned activities for nursing students include doing school screenings in rural villages, making referrals to primary care outpatient clinics and leading education sessions with local teachers. "The option to participate in a cultural immersion clinical experience on a global level while learning nursing skills will be an incredible opportunity for our students,” she said.

The clinic, organized by USD Nursing and the USD Center for Academic and Global Engagement, promotes a mission of the University of South Dakota for its students to become more aware of global cultures while receiving real-world experience in a specific field. USD student nurses will be working at the clinic for one week.

“Through these international programs, our students learn that public health and access to health care are global concerns,” said Michael J. Lawler, dean and professor, USD School of Health Sciences.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News