South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing has been developing nurse practitioners for nearly 40 years and Dean Nancy Fahrenwald is pleased that Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared the week of Nov. 13-19 as Nurse Practitioner Week.
“We are proud of our graduates who have advanced their education and serve the health-care workforce as an APRN or DNP. They and the other professionals provide affordable, accessible and high-quality health care to millions of Americans,” Fahrenwald said.
South Dakota State started offering Master of Science classes in nursing in 1979. From 2002, the college graduated 222 family nurse practitioners from its master’s program and graduated 70 doctor of nurse practitioners since 2012.
The college’s doctor of nursing practice and postgraduate advanced practice registered nurse certificate programs both were accredited for 10 years. Meanwhile, ValueColleges listed the college as the nation’s 21st-ranked in its Top 50 Best Value DNP Programs of 2016.
“The South Dakota State College of Nursing is one of the most significant health-care institutions in the state, educating more than a third of South Dakota’s nurses and offering the state’s most comprehensive nursing education programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing. South Dakota’s health-care system depends on SDSU, especially rural communities, a field in which the College of Nursing especially shines,” Carrie Sealey-Morris, ValueColleges’ editor, said. “Significantly, SDSU’s tuition rates are among the lowest in the nation, making the DNP exceptionally accessible for working nurses and getting more nurse leaders into the field where they can help.”
Gov. Daugaard’s proclamation stated South Dakota has 801 of the 222,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States. He also cited the impact those individuals have on the health-care system. There are 275 State graduates working as licensed nurse practitioners in South Dakota.