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  • Locations: Sylvan Lake, SD, United States;
  • Program Terms: CGEE Programs
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

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The Augsburg Nursing Department is deeply committed to teaching nursing about transcultural nursing and the importance of other ways of knowing and being.  This program, located at beautiful Sylvan Lake in South Dakota, is an orientation to the Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) at Augsburg University.  It is also a required practicum for students to learn about Native American ways of knowing and healing.  Students will learn from cultural guides and medicine men, who will teach them about the importance of rituals in healing.  Students will also experience sacred sites, such as Black Elk Peak.  This practicum builds upon advanced nursing competencies to expand and deepen knowledge as the basis for transcultural nursing practice.

Fast Facts

Academic Calendar:  Fall, 2020
Program Dates:  September 12-16, 2020
Credits:  701/Practicum: 45 hours
Faculty and Staff:  Drs. Joyce Miller, Deborah Schuhmacher, Lisa Van Getson, and Jill Oswald
Guest Lecturer:  Basil Brave Heart   
Meals:  All meals included


NUR701 is equal to one semester credit and 45 hours of practicum.  It is a directed study practicum that builds upon advanced nursing competencies to expand and deepen knowledge supporting expert nursing practice.  In the practicum, students will integrate and synthesize knowledge from emic wisdom with the biophysical, psycho-social, analytical and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of transcultural nursing practice.

Program Costs


Special Features

  • Explore your personal journey of transformation
  • Climb Black Elk Peak
  • Participate in a Ritual to the Seven Directions
  • Visit Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Learn about Lakota ways with Basil Brave Heart, a spiritual leader from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation


Students must be admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Program at Augsburg University.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
CGEE Programs 2021-2022 06/01/2021 ** 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.