DSU Centennial Celebration unites campus and community
Excitement is building as the community of Dickinson gears up for the Dickinson State University (DSU) Centennial Celebration. Alumni are returning to their alma mater and are finding DSU pride everywhere. Downtown Dickinson is turning blue and gray as businesses decorate their windows for the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce’s DSU Pride Window Display Contest. Fluffy Fields Vineyard and Winery has created a “Buster Berry Wine,” a commemorative semi sweet red with a limited production of only 2000 bottles, and will be donating a portion of the wine’s sales to DSU agriculture scholarships. As alumni shop and eat in Dickinson, they are also finding discounts offered by Downtown Dickinson Association and Chamber member businesses. The Centennial Celebration is shaping up to be a fun, memorable weekend for everyone.
Dickinson State ranks as one of the most affordable small colleges in the nation
Dickinson State University has recently been ranked as one of the most affordable small colleges in the nation. In a survey conducted by studentloanhero.com, DSU ranked No. 16 as one of the cheapest small colleges in the U.S. Students on average pay a little more than $5,000 in tuition and fees annually.
Even though DSU is small, school officials said they offer students the same opportunities bigger schools do with degrees ranging from nursing to a masters in teaching. “When students are able to graduate DSU with a low amount of student loan debt, they are able to pursue their degrees and have more success after college when they leave,” said Chris Meek, Director of Financial Aid at DSU.
Dickinson State’s AASPN program granted continuing accreditation
The Dickinson State University Department of Nursing learned in April that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted continuing accreditation to the Associate in Applied Science in Practical Nursing (AASPN) program. Thus, both the AASPN and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs at Dickinson State University (DSU) remain fully accredited by ACEN.
In addition to its being nationally accredited, DSU’s nursing programs prepare students to be successful after graduation. What they learn and experience as students makes DSU’s nursing graduates highly sought after by employers. One reason is that the AASPN program enables graduates to simultaneously complete intravenous (IV) therapy certification (which is not available in shorter certificate practical nurse programs). Having IV certification is a distinct advantage to our graduates. Another reason is their experience in working environments. The majority of students who continue their education by taking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program also choose to work as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) simultaneously. When they graduate with the BSN degree, they have two or more years of nursing experience already. This characteristic makes the DSU BSN graduates even more-highly sought after by employers, as they have previous nursing experience as well as a BSN degree. These graduates are prepared to care for both stable and unstable patients, lead and manage, are experts in community health and participate in research.