Catholic Colleges in South Dakota

Apr 25, 2018

Students in South Dakota have a few Catholic colleges to choose from that provide undergraduate and/or graduate level programs. Here we discuss each school and some of their distinguishing characteristics.

South Dakota offers a few 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions that are affiliated with the Catholic faith. These schools provide students with unique and specialty degree programs at various levels of study. Learn more about each Catholic school in the state.

School Comparison

Three different cities in South Dakota house Catholic institutions. Compare each school's institution type, location and tuition rate in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Mount Marty College 4-year, private not-for-profit Yankton, SD $26,310
Presentation College 4-year, private not-for-profit Aberdeen, SD $19,830
Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology 2-year, private not-for-profit Sioux Falls, SD $2,550
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital 2-year, private not-for-profit Yankton, SD $1,750

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Catholic Colleges in South Dakota

Students considering attending a Catholic college in South Dakota should first consider their career goals and interests and find the school that offers the corresponding major. The Catholic schools in the state also vary in size, spiritual growth opportunities and other available resources. Find out more about each institution and what makes it unique.

Mount Marty College

Mount Marty College has more than 725 enrolled students and offers a variety of associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificate programs. The school has the only master's and doctoral program in nurse anesthesia in the state, but also provides more than 25 different programs of study in areas like business administration, education, religious studies, criminal justice, drama, psychology and more. According to the school's website, 96% of the student population receives financial aid to help pay for expenses. The institution has more than 20 clubs and organizations for students to get involved in, including the school's Campus Ministry that provides students with prayer and worship services, service trips, Bible studies, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Catholic Leadership.

Presentation College

Presentation College offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as certificate programs. Students may pursue study in communication, athletic training, biology, exercise science, psychology, human services, chemistry and more. The school's online nursing completion program was ranked 4th in the nation by The Nursing Journal. As of Fall 2017, the school had a little more than 750 students and 5 additional countries represented in the student population. Students can participate in a variety of intramural sports and campus clubs, including Campus Ministry Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Government Association and majors clubs, like Biology and Business Clubs.

Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology

Avera Health is a Sioux Fall-based healthcare system that incorporates the Avera health ministry into its mission and services. The Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology offers small class sizes through its certificate program in the field. The program is 24-months long and only accepts 10 students a year, for a total enrollment of 20 students at a time. It is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and does include clinical rotations at various Avera health and medical centers. After graduation, students can pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree from one of several schools in South Dakota and the surrounding states through affiliation agreements. For the 2015-2016 school year, 100% of program participants passed their national certification exam on the first try and 100% of graduates were employed.

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital also offers a certificate program in radiologic technology. The program is 24-months long and results in a certificate that meets the Professional Component that is required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. Students applying to the program must have completed a bachelor's degree with an affiliated institution. Each week students are in class about 9 to 12 hours and participate in clinical assignments for about 28 to 31 hours at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital or other surrounding hospitals and medical clinics. The program only has 6 full-time students per year and had a 100% completion rate and employment rate in 2017.

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