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High school students can register now for USD's Healthcare Careers Camp

VERMILLION, S.D. -- High school students interested in health care careers can apply now to attend the ninth annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp at the University of South Dakota, June 14-19.

USD’s Healthcare Careers Summer Camp is open to students from South Dakota, northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Students entering 10th through the 12th grades this fall are eligible to apply. All applications require a counselor nomination, a parent or guardian signature, an official school transcript and a personal statement. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1. Tuition is $100 per student, which includes meals, lodging, and all educational and recreational activities.

Students selected will participate in information-gathering activities and receive hands-on learning, including a gross anatomy lab tour, certification in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), field trips to area medical facilities, and group activities and discussions. Additionally, camp participants will interact with health care professionals, faculty and others relative to the pursuit of health care careers. Staff advisers from the Sanford School of Medicine and the USD School of Health Sciences will also be available during the camp to discuss everything from education requirements to future employment opportunities and salaries.

“It’s hard to believe that this summer will be the ninth year we’ve been able to hold the camp at USD. Over the past several years the application process has become increasingly more competitive. Based on the quality of the applications we receive each year, South Dakota’s future health care workforce will be in good hands,” said Kathy VanKley, INMED Program Coordinator, Sanford School of Medicine.

For more information about the camp or to download an application, please go to or contact Kathy Van Kley with the Sanford School of Medicine at (605) 658-6329 or e-mail


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News