Western Dakota Tech to open new nursing campus

RAPID CITY, S.D.– Western Dakota Tech is expanding its reach for nursing students.

On Monday, November 8, the college announced the future opening of a second nursing program satellite campus in Philip. The program provides clinical training for students, preparing them to become licensed practical nurses.

The new campus will be located in the former Philip Elementary School, established as the result of working closely with the Haakon County School District.

Wdt Nursing StudentsWDT president Dr. Ann Bolman says there is a great demand for nurses not only in South Dakota but across the country, something the college is committed to helping students get started.

“We are going to also be able to use the Philip hospital and the medical group that’s located in Philip,” Dr. Bolman explained. “So a lot of the clinical assignments that our students will have to do in the LPN program, they’ll be able to do them right there in Philip.”

Dr. Bolman is also confident in the new location being more student-friendly and less taxing on distance.

“It will definitely save them time on the road so that they don’t have to spend as much time driving around to get to their clinical site,” she said. “And it will give them that exposure to people right there in their community, or close to the communities that they live in, so that they have that understanding of what it’s like to work in the smaller communities as well.”

The college opened its first satellite location in Whitewood back in January and the program is currently staffed with two nursing instructors teaching 16 students. WDT expects to open the Philip campus in the fall of 2022.

Students interested in the program can click here for help applying to the school. Anyone interested in the nursing programs will be contacted by school officials with more info.

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