Nursing Careers Nursing Students

Nursing Students

Whether you’re completing a nursing degree in Rapid City or are considering a move to the Black Hills after graduation, we hope Monument Health is at the top of your list for professional nursing positions.

A summer externship in Rapid City is a great way to experience the Black Hills and Monument Health, as well as make connections with nurse managers and possibly secure a permanent position with our organization. The Student Nurse Extern Program is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing. Senior nursing students provide direct patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse preceptor over a period of 10 weeks, completing 240 clinical experience hours. Learn more here. 

Work for Monument Health during nursing school

Many nursing students enjoy the flexibility and hands-on experience of working for Monument Health as a Nurse Aide. This job is similar to that of a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, but Nurse Aides go through a Monument Health training program. While you will learn more about the areas of nursing during nursing school, Nurse Aides get hands-on nursing experience outside of clinical settings, giving you more opportunities to explore which areas of nursing are right for you.

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Programs Available

Monument Health Foundation Scholarship Programs

Monument Health Foundation has a variety of scholarships available to help students pursue their educational goals in the nursing field. The scholarships are selected in coordination between university staff and Monument Health leadership. The funds are stewarded by the Monument Health Foundation.

  • The Gwendolyn Stearns scholarship program gives caregivers the ability to receive up to $3,500 per semester. Deadline is August 1 for fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester.
  • In the spring of 2021, the Dr. Mark Harlow Family Health Care Scholarships will launch, with one USD nursing student being awarded the $1,000 scholarship for the fall semester.
  • Also, The Hillrom and Ron Trautman medical scholarships are expanding to offer scholarships for nursing students at South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota. The Hillrom scholarship will total $2,500 and the Trautman scholarship will be $1,000. Watch for announcements for application times and and processes.
Student Loan Forgiveness

Our caregivers are the heart and soul of our organization. In step with one of our key priorities – be a great place to work – Monument Health has initiated a Student Loan Forgiveness Program. If eligible, payments will be made monthly directly to your student loan lender, reducing or eliminating the student loan payment that you make.

Tuition Reimbursement

It is the philosophy of Monument Health that its caregivers should be lifelong learners. In line with this, the Educational Assistance or Tuition Reimbursement program is offered to caregivers after six months of continuous service with the organization. Courses being requested for reimbursement must be offered by an accredited university as recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. The amount of reimbursement is based on the full-time or part-time status of the employee. Refer to Policy titled, “Assistance for Education, Certifications, and Training.” Full Time Caregivers are eligible for up to $2,800 per fiscal year, and Part Time Caregivers are eligible for up to $1,400 per fiscal year

BSN Completion Program

In our effort to make a difference every day and support an exceptional nursing workforce, Monument Health has partnered with the University of South Dakota to offer a Monument Health BSN Completion Program. Monument Health will pay for the nursing credit hours for ADN-prepared registered nurses to attain their BSN over two years through the University of South Dakota in exchange for service after graduation. The application process begins in January/February for a fall start.

Certification Assistance Program

Monument Health encourages caregiver educational development and creates an environment that promotes caregiver engagement, lifelong learning and accountability throughout the organization. This certification program was established to help support educational development by providing certification assistance to caregivers to enhance their current skill levels and to promote development above and beyond the currently required skills for a caregiver’s position. Eligible caregivers must have worked for Monument Health for at least 6 months, working a minimum of 40 hours per pay period. One certification per fiscal year. In a two-year period, up to $650 can be reimbursed.

Oglala Lakota College


Jessica Zephier – 605-867-5856
490 Piya Wiconi Road, Kyle, SD, 57752

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing

For more information visit their website:

South Dakota State University


Gale Folsland – 605-394-6709
1011 11th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) – Standard Option
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) – Accelerated 12 month program
  • RN-BSN – Online
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • PhD in Nursing

For more information visit their website:

University of South Dakota


Tony Long, MSN, RN – 605-791-6340
1011 11th Street, Rapid City, SD, 57701

Degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) RN-BSN – Online

For more information visit their website: