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Nursing Our Philosophy

Teaching students to work collaboratively with members of the health care team is a critical part of what guides our nursing curriculum. As nursing continues to advance with emerging technologies, nurses are increasingly required to use critical reasoning to provide quality and compassionate care. Our students are guided by legal and ethical principles and professional values of caring, while respecting the unique and diverse attributes of others.

We believe education is a dynamic partnership shared between teacher and learner that promotes a safe and caring environment for both. Learning must be an active and interactive process responding to the diversity of the world around us. Focusing on evidence-based practice, we create an environment where creativity, mutual respect and collaboration thrive.

Our Mission

We develop leaders in the scholarship and practice of nursing, meeting the healthcare needs of South Dakota, the region and beyond.

Our Vision

We will be nationally recognized for excellence in scholarship, practice and interprofessional education.

Our Values


  • Rigor
  • Innovation
  • Evidence-Based Practice


  • Integrity
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Inclusivity


  • Collaboration
  • Service
  • Accountability

Diversity Statement

The University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences is committed to an environment of inclusiveness in classroom and clinical settings that honors the richness of diverse perspectives and inter-professional practice through valuing diverse traditions, heritages and experiences.