Learn more about the pre-professional programs at Black Hills State University.

BHSU Pre-Nursing Program


The associate degree in Applied Health Sciences is the perfect fit for students working toward careers in healthcare including registered nurses, dental hygienists, and other high demand health professions.

BHSU prepares approximately 60 students per year for admission into nursing programs.The associate degree in Applied Health Sciences offers students all the general education and core classes required for admission into nursing programs at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, as well as for other bachelor degree-level programs. This degree allows students to prepare for multiple career options.

The entire program is available on campus at Spearfish as well as at BHSU - Rapid City. Graduates with the two-year associate degree may also choose to continue at BHSU and complete a bachelor’s degree program in a field of their choice.

BHSU offers pre-nursing courses in cooperation with the University of South Dakota (associates and bachelors degrees) and South Dakota State University (bachelors degree). Students can complete courses at BHSU prior to enrolling into these degree programs which are located in Rapid City.

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