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Degree offers new transfer option for technical students

University of South Dakota

Articulation agreements reached between South Dakota’s public universities and technical institutes have opened up new opportunities for students to transfer their credits seamlessly between two- and four-year degree programs.

Articulation agreements reached between South Dakota’s public universities and technical institutes have opened up new opportunities for students to transfer their credits seamlessly between two- and four-year degree programs.

This week, the Board of Regents authorized two more agreements involving a popular health sciences degree at the University of South Dakota.

Students completing the associate of applied science degree in medical office professional at Mitchell Technical Institute and a similar degree in allied health at Southeast Technical Institute can now apply their credits toward the bachelor’s degree in health sciences offered at USD.

“These agreements accommodate the varying needs of our students, while recognizing the complementary nature of the programs,” said Jack Warner, executive director and CEO for the South Dakota Board of Regents.

“Most students interested in this pathway choose to pursue a four-year degree after completing work at the technical school,” Warner said. “But to further simplify the process, this agreement also allows a reverse transfer, where students take their first two years of study at USD and complete their technical degree after that.”

With the newest agreements approved, it brings the number of credit-transfer agreements system-wide to 259.

The total number of agreements at each institution breaks down as follows:

Black Hills State University, 24; Lake Area Technical Institute, 70; Dakota State University, 55; Mitchell Technical Institute, 24; Northern State University, 39; Southeast Technical Institute, 127; South Dakota State University, 69; Western Dakota Technical Institute, 38; University of South Dakota, 72.

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