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Lee Medical Building 320
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


College Dean

Welcome to the Department of Nursing

The health care field is complex and ever changing. The nursing profession is focused on providing patients with high quality care that reflects empathy, compassion and effective communication. At USD, we strive to live our values of excellence, professionalism, relationship-centered and service as we learn together and demonstrate our commitment to excellent patient outcomes. 

Our faculty are committed to improving health care through research/scholarship, service and education. Our students learn to take a person-centered approach to care while clinical reasoning skills through clinical experiences, service learning and simulations in state-of-the-art facilities. As students at the state's leading institution for health care education, they learn with other future healthcare practitioners which prepares them to be effective members of their health care teams. Our students  graduate with confidence as they begin or advance their careers

Join our community of caregivers, researchers and change-makers in the USD Department of Nursing.



Meet the Department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Nursing. Our faculty are experts in their field and contribute to  research and scholarship and lead efforts in the advancement of the nursing  profession.
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Anne Pithan

Chair, Nursing
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Dean Cassella

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Christine Doty

Senior Secretary
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Kelli Ebbesen

Faculty Advisor
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Lisa Feller

Assoc Prof/Dir Regulatory Aff
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Danielle Fleming

Clinical Lab Specialist
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Katie Fransen

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Helene Hegge MSN,RN

Site Director
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Valarie Hower

Management Analyst
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Amy Hunsley

Sioux Falls Site Director
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Pam Kendall

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Anne Kleinhesselink

Associate Chair/Assist Prof
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Sabina Kupershmidt

Associate Professor
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Regan Luken

Student Services Director
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Beth Melstad

Student Services Specialist
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Anneka Mikel

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Lori Munter

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Lesli Olson

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Jeannie Rossow

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Michele Seaton-Bertsch

Asst Advisor/Recruiter
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Barbara Stolle MS, RN CNE, CHSE

SIM Oversight/Instructor
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Lorie Truhe

Clinical Lab Specialist
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Angela Wilhelm

Senior Secretary
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Jean Yockey

Associate Professor

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Department Opportunities

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to nursing students.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers housed in the Department of Nursing.
Nursing Student During a Patient Simulation.


Our department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, supporting today's health care workforce and delivery of quality patient care.

Nursing students conducting lab research.

Making a Difference Through Research

Our faculty and students are leaders not only in the clinical setting but also in research and scholarship. In the USD Department of Nursing, you'll find faculty who actively contribute research and scholarship to their fields, as well as students benefiting from close mentorship as they engage in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are proud to offer programs like the Pathway to Innovation, providing our students with opportunities to explore everything from health needs assessments for immigrant and control populations to the use of naloxone by first responders in response to opioid overdoses.
East Hall during the day.

The Region's Leader in Health Care Education

USD is home to the only comprehensive health sciences school and medical school in the state. This advantage offers our students the unique opportunity to learn and train alongside peers in a variety of disciplines – equipping them with the collaborative experiences they need to be effective members of their future patients' care teams.

We are also proud to have strong relationships with the region's leading health care providers. These partnerships offer our students invaluable opportunities for developing professional connections, getting hands-on experiences and serving their communities early in their education.
Nursing students in the community during an event.

Serving Our Communities

Our position in South Dakota offers us a unique opportunity to serve rural communities. We are committed to this service, providing our students with a variety of hands-on experiences and equipping them with the skills they need to become responsive and compassionate health care leaders poised to thrive in any environment.

student success story

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I am learning so much about the history of this field of nursing, the more technical sides of informatics and – as always in anything we do to improve our education and/or situation – learning new valuable leadership skills. The faculty at USD has been supportive, always available and very easy to work with.

Ashley Leigh Herrity

MSN '23
B.S. Nursing '17
Senior Clinical Informatics Analyst RN, Sanford Health
Vermillion, SD

Quality Educational Experiences

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of South Dakota  is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

The MSN and DNP programs in nursing are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

The University of South Dakota (USD) Nursing will be hosting an accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on November 7 – 9, 2022 for the MSN and DNP program. Comments regarding the program must be received by CCNE no later than October 17, 2022. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments that relate to the accreditation standards.  All third-party comments must be signed and written in English, consistent with CCNE’s policy on Conduct of Business in English.  If you would like to submit a third-party comment, please submit to

Nursing Mission, Vision, Values and Philosophy