Begin your healthcare studies at BHSU!


Black Hills State University offers an associate degree in Applied Health Sciences that can prepare students for a wide variety of healthcare fields. 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 the Standard BSN program at South Dakota State University, as well as for other bachelor degree-level programs like Dental Hygiene. This degree allows students to prepare for multiple career options.

What makes your program unique?

Students may complete the entire Applied Health Sciences program in Spearfish, online, or at BHSU-RC! Many of the courses can also be taken as dual credit courses, jumpstarting your college career.  We’re happy to work with students at any stage in their educational journey!

Partnership with South Dakota State University

BHSU is excited to partner with SDSU College of Nursing through the West River Health Science Center.  Students in the Applied Health Sciences degree at BHSU are guaranteed admission to SDSU's Rapid City Standard BSN program as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • 2.7 cumulative college GPA
  • 2.7 cumulative college GPA in CHEM 106/L, PSYC 221, HLTH 315, BIOL 231/L, PSYC 101, BIOL 121/L, BIOL 123/L, and SOC 100 or SOC 150
  • All other admission requirements to SDSU and the Standard BSN program
  • Please note this guaranteed admission option is only available at SDSU's Rapid City location.

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