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  • Locations: Pine Ridge, SD, United States; Rapid City, SD, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Pine Ridge Nursing BannerGraduate Nursing Practicum Overview

Emphasis is on health and wellness on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in western South Dakota. Patterns of health, community strengths and resources, and care systems (bio-medical and indigenous) are explored within the socio-cultural context of reservation life, economic realities on the Pine Ridge, and politics within a tribal community. Lakota traditions and values are experienced though engagement in the life of the community, critical reflection and dialog with Lakota elders and community members.   

Undergraduate Community Health Clinical Overview

Students enrolled in the BSN program may complete their community health nursing clinical in Pine Ridge, SD. Particular emphasis is placed on learning about the health of communities in and around Pine Ridge and the strengths and challenges facing persons in this region. Students experience community health nursing practice in collaboration with nurses, health care providers, community health care workers, and Indigenous healers. Building on a base of knowledge about community health nursing, value systems and cultural diversity, students learn to utilize a holistic nursing process to care for the health needs of persons and groups. 

Fast Facts

Academic Calendar:  Fall, 2020
Program Dates: October 10-16, 2020
Practicum Hours:  45
Faculty:  Dr. Cheryl Leuning and Dr. Basil Brave Heart (Graduate faculty); Marty Aleman, MAN, BSN (Undergraduate faculty) 
Meals:  Most meals included
Population of Pine Ridge, SD:  28,000
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Academics - Graduate Nursing Students

Graduate nursing students will earn 45 practicum hours that may be applied to selected graduate courses in which they are concurrently enrolled during the Fall Term 2018-19. Instructor approval is required. Students in the DNP program, not enrolled in courses with required practica, may enroll in NUR711P - Culture Care on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

 Academics - BSN Nursing Students

BSN nursing students will earn 45 community health nursing clinical hours, which are required to complete NUR410 & NUR411 - Community Health Nursing I & II in the BSN curriculum. 

Program Costs

  • $900 Program Fee (includes lodging, most meals, ground transportation in Rapid City, SD and on the Pine Ridge reservation and special events.)  The Program Fee does NOT include tuition or travel expenses to Rapid City, SD (participants can choose to fly or drive/carpool).

  • Participants are also responsible for completing background checks and all forms of identification required by the Indian Health Service (IHS) prior to travel.

Special Features

  • Visit Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Attend the 33rd Annual Black Hills Powwow (October 2019)
  • Drive through Custer State Park to view wildlife
  • Meet with Lakota Elders
  • Visit the Heritage Center Museum at Oglala Lakota College Administrative Headquarters
  • Meet with nurses in the Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • Visit Oglala Lakota College School of Nursing
  • Visit Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation in Porcupine, SD


Pine Ridge is located in south western South Dakota on the Nebraska border. Originally included within the Great Sioux Reservation, Pine Ridge was established in 1889. Today it is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, with an estimated population of 28,000. 


Must be a student in good standing in the BSN program, Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) program, or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Augsburg University. For more information, contact:
Sharon Wade or Cheryl Leuning or Marty Aleman
Augsburg University
Department of Nursing

**Participants must complete online registration with the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) at Augsburg University prior to travel.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.