DSU continues respiratory care program in Rapid City

Dakota State University will continue to offer a respiratory care degree program through a delivery site at Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH).  The program had been on a closure list when DSU was asked to address budget cuts during the last fiscal year.

Several factors were important in the decision to preserve the site, including an increase in the program’s enrollment in Rapid City, and an invigorated commitment by RCRH to the respiratory care program.

“We are pleased that we can continue to offer our respiratory care program to students in Rapid City,” said DSU President Dr. Doug Knowlton, “We are encouraged by Rapid City Regional Hospital’s recognition of the value of this program to the Rapid City area, and their willingness to do what they could to preserve it as well.”

The increase in enrollment in the respiratory care program at the Rapid City site for 2010 means the financial impact on DSU’s ability to efficiently deliver the program is reduced.  RCRH has contributed to that increased enrollment through efforts including health care career fairs and scrubs camps, activities that raise awareness of the respiratory care field.  Dakota State also supports formal recruitment efforts of students to the Rapid City program.

RCRH has also agreed to supplement instruction through use of current staff to support student supervision.  They also modified the classroom space to meet the requirements put forth by the recent accreditation team review of DSU’s respiratory care program and will continue to seek additional improvements for classroom space. 

The hospital is also supporting an endowed fund for scholarship support for the students enrolled in the program in Rapid City, and are considering additional support for scholarships. 

“We will continue to work with RCRH to address concerns and look for cost effective ways for us to maintain this much needed program for the Rapid City region,” says Knowlton. 

Last Updated: 1/12/12