Briar Cliff, USD enter nursing agreement

Briar Cliff, USD enter nursing agreement Briar Cliff University's Department of Nursing has entered into an articulation agreement with the University of South Dakota that will allow students to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Students will complete all requirements for the associate of science degree in nursing at the University of South Dakota, as well as many of the non-nursing support courses. The student will then enroll in the R.N.-to-B.S.N. program at Briar Cliff to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

"We are particularly pleased to collaborate with colleagues at The University of South Dakota in creating a partnership that will prepare students for the expanding roles of nursing in the 21st century," said Ruth Dankanich Daumer, M.S.N., A.R.N.P., C.S., associate professor and chairperson of the department of nursing at Briar Cliff. "This agreement will assist both Iowa and South Dakota in ensuring that the health facilities in our communities have a sufficient number of baccalaureate prepared nurses."

The University of South Dakota is pleased to collaborate with Briar Cliff University to offer the USD associate degree nursing graduate the educational opportunities made possible by this articulation agreement," said June Larson, chair of the department of nursing, The University of South Dakota. "Briar Cliff University is to be commended for their foresight in offering a flexible R.N.-to-B.S.N. program. This articulation plan demonstrates that Briar Cliff University values and respects the associate degree nursing graduate and rewards them for prior learning."

For more information, contact Larson at jclarson@ or (605) 677-5251, or Daumer at daumer@briar or 1-800-662-3303, extension 5458.

The Briar Cliff University Nursing Program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The department of nursing hosts both the Centre for Nursing and Health Care Excellence and Theta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. The centre mission is to provide educational and consulting services to health care and faith based organizations and practicing nurses, enhance health services to at-risk populations and offer programs and develop partnerships to address preparation for success in nursing education and challenges such as the nursing shortage.

Briar Cliff University ia a Catholic institution with an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students from 28 states. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in liberal arts and preparation for professional success in an environment of care and compassion for the community. The B.S.N. degree provides the student a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares nurses for practice in a variety of settings. Briar Cliff University offers the R.N.-to-B.S.N. program in Sioux City, Orange City/Sheldon, and in the Storm Lake/Denison area for registered nurses who wish to earn a bachelor's degree. This is in addition to the L.P.N.-to-B.S.N. options that are on its main campus.

The University of South Dakota is the only public university in the state of South Dakota that offers an associate degree-nursing program. Nursing student enrollment for fall 2002 will be approximately 350 students. The USD nursing program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). For accreditation information about the nursing program, contact 1-800-669-1656 ext. 153.

The University of South Dakota is the state's flagship university and home of the state's only school of law, school of medicine, and college of fine arts. It is a center for liberal arts education with professionally accredited school of education, school of business and college of arts and sciences.

It has an enrollment of approximately 8,161 students and 418 faculty members. In addition to the graduate school, two of South Dakota's six Centers of Excellence are located on USD's campus: the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the Disaster Mental Health Institute. More information is available at

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