Transferring nursing programs between Southeast Technical College and South Dakota State University will be easier for students, thanks to a new agreement between the institutions.
The articulation agreement between the institutions will allow nursing students at STC to transfer up to 60 credits to SDSU towards a bachelor of science degree in nursing, which is a higher threshold than in previous agreements.
A “reverse” articulation component also allows students to start at SDSU and finish at STC.
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The two higher education institutions are set to sign off on the partnership in a memorandum of understanding at STC on Thursday afternoon.
“This new agreement is really focused on students and the workforce needs of South Dakota,” Robert Griggs, STC president, said in a press release. “These new options allow students to select the track that best fits their personal, financial and educational goals.”
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As the need for well-trained, qualified nurses in South Dakota and the region continues to grow, Mary Anne Krogh, dean of the SDSU College of Nursing, stressed the importance of the two institutions strengthening their partnership in a news release.
“Continuing to provide students with various degree options is critical as we expand the workforce of South Dakota,” Krogh said. “SDSU’s nursing program has a rich tradition of providing high-quality four-year degree options and we are excited to grow our relationship with Southeast Technical College to expand into new pathways that support higher education.”