Highlights, Special Features and Opportunities

Join on-campus organizations like the Augustana Nursing Students Association (ANSA) that link you to a national network of nurses.

Departmental News

  • The Department is proud to boast 100 percent job placement for the Class of Fall 2019.
  • Read the letter from the department chair.
  • With a Quality and Safety Education (QSEN) grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and collaboration with nursing education deans and directors, the nursing department at Augustana was one of only 15 schools in a pilot test program designed to improve success of classroom technology (such as the interactive mannequin).

Eric Vander Lee

Nursing and Spanish major Eric Vander Lee was named South Dakota's top student nurse. Oh, and he's biked across the U.S. for charity. Twice. Read more.

Special Programs

  • Our Parish Nursing Center prepares registered nurses to meet the holistic health needs within a congregation and assists churches who are interested in starting a parish nursing program.
  • Augustana Nursing Department is a member of the South Dakota Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a 25-year leader in healthcare reform. As part of the curriculum, the Augustana students complete the IHI video modules related to safety, quality improvement, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, and others. Augustana is among the few nursing programs in South Dakota utilizing this nationally-recognized resource.

Internship Opportunities

  • Sanford Internships provide quality, high-learning opportunities for students interested in pursuing a health care-related career. With a passion for redefining health care and transforming lives — the interns gain valuable experience and share in our dedication to making a difference in the lives of patients and team members. For more information and how to apply:  Sanford Internship.
  • Nursing Clinical Internship Program (NCI) at Avera McKennan is a paid summer internship, approved by the SDBON, where selected student have a one on one RN mentor.  Hospital nursing is an exciting career filled with many opportunities for advancement. NCI provides educational and clinical experience for nursing students, enhancing their prioritization, and critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills. For more information and how to apply:  Avera McKennan NCI.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarships for nursing or pre-nursing students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and can demonstrate financial need. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. For more information and how to apply: www.nsna.org.
  • Sanford Health has developed a scholarship program, Heart of Tomorrow Scholarship, to assist an employee's dependent child(ren) who wishes to pursue post-secondary education in a two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical program.  These scholarships will be offered on a yearly basis for full-time study at any accredited post-secondary institution. For more information and how to apply: Sanford Health Scholarships.
  • Sanford Health Nursing Loan Forgiveness Scholarship program is available at our Sioux Falls location. Sanford Health is offering a financial scholarship to assist nursing students with the expenses associated with the completion of your degree.  As a recipient of these resources, you have the opportunity to work at Sanford Health — a healthcare industry leader — as a full-time employee. For more information and how to apply: Sanford Health Scholarships.

Accelerated Nursing

Nine of our AU accelerated track nursing students took part in the Helpline Center's 5th annual Step Forward to Prevent Suicide event to help bring awareness to suicide.

Student Organizations