DWU, Monument Health announce location for new Rapid City nursing program

DWU has secured a space for its new nursing program at a Monument Health location in Rapid City.

RAPID CITY – Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell has secured a space for its new nursing program at a Monument Health location in Rapid City.

As part of a recently completed agreement, DWU classes will be offered at Monument Health’s “Turbine Building,” located at 1400 Turbine Drive in Rapid City. Other occupants in the building include Monument Health’s Human Resources team and their Education and Professional Development team.

The Rapid City program will be offered for an Associate of Science degree with no LPN license required for enrolling students. Offered year-round for 24 months, graduates will earn a two-year RN degree at the end of their program and with a passing score on the required state licensing exam. High school graduates or those wishing to pursue a nursing career may enroll in the program whether they have health care experience or not. Classes begin in August 2024.

DWU president Dan Kittle is pleased with the location. “We are looking forward to serving the Rapid City community with our nursing program. We know there is a great need for nurses, and we believe the Black Hills region is a strong market for students. We have a deep tradition of educating nurses and we are eager to do that work in Rapid City with this distinctive two-year option. The added benefit of being located within Monument Health will be great for our students and faculty.”

Trina Allen, Monument Health Vice President of Human Resources said, “We are proud to partner with Dakota Wesleyan University to offer additional nursing programs that align with our mission of providing high-quality care, close to home. This collaboration is an investment in the future of health care, as we work together to educate and empower the next generation of compassionate caregivers.”

DWU is currently accepting applications for the program. Interested individuals can learn more at https://www.dwu.edu/A-S-Nursing-Rapid-City or by contacting the DWU Admissions office at 605-995-2650 or by emailing admissions@dwu.edu.