USD officials say the expanded program corresponds with a growing demand for more highly-trained nurses. “By bringing BSN education to Pierre, USD Nursing is making a statement that the health care of rural South Dakota matters,” said Carla Dieter, chair of USD Nursing.

“Capital University Center got its start in 1982 by offering nursing education in central South Dakota,” said Janelle Toman, CUC’s executive director. “There is a history of very strong support by CUC for USD Nursing and the graduates it produces here. Our partners in health care education, including Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, the MHCH Foundation, and others, stand ready to make this transition to the BSN degree successful.”

USD currently offers a two-year associate (AS) nursing degree at CUC and will admit their last associate degree student in fall 2015. CUC and USD Nursing staff will work closely with all current and future students during the transition.

USD Nursing’s BSN degree was fully accredited in 2012, and other four-year nursing programs are available at the USD campuses in Vermillion, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

USD Nursing’s BSN degree consists of 120 credits that include theory, laboratory and clinical courses and experience.  The curriculum is highlighted by interprofessional preparation, an advanced instruction for nurses and other healthcare students that highlights interaction with other professions. This approach is uniquely available only through the USD Nursing program which is a part of the state’s only comprehensive School of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.  “USD Nursing is leading the way in interprofessional education,” said Dieter.

For more information, please contact Janelle Toman, Ed.D., CUC Executive Director, (605) 773-3025 or email:

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