NAU Celebrates Relocation of Rapid City Campus

Rapid City, SD July 24, 2012—National American University celebrated the opening of the new Rapid City campus with a ribbon cutting and open house, Tuesday, July 24 from 3-6 pm. Last month the campus relocated from Kansas City Street, where it had been located since 1962, to a renovated space in conjunction with NAU’s central administration offices and distance learning operations at 5301 S. Highway 16. 

“It’s very exciting to offer students the same tradition of quality in a modern facility that helps meet the needs of Rapid City Ribbon Cutting

today’s adult learners,” stated Dr. John Quinn, campus executive officer. The 26,000 square foot former warehouse portion of this facility was renovated to include eleven classrooms, nursing and science labs, office space, and an area for future program growth.  Total cost of the renovation and outdoor landscaping was over $4 million. The previous location was designed to serve a traditional student base.  “In the past decade, the student population has changed to include more non-traditional students.  This facility allows for better use of space and the state-of-the-art technology allows the staff and faculty to better accommodate student learning.”

Keeping in tune with those needs, the campus also includes several modern technologies. New computers and projectors have been added to the classrooms as well as interactive technologies, such as an 80 inch touch screen TV in the classroom and a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab. As the NAU Rapid City campus offers nursing programs at the undergraduate level, the simulation lab will help nursing students receive hands-on training and experience equivalent to real-life situations.

Campus welcomes mobile simulation lab

Part of the new construction is an area to house Regional Health’s mobile simulation lab, SIM-SD.  Regional Health’s SIM-SD is one of several mobile simulation labs in South Dakota used to provide healthcare education and training to improve patient care across the state.  The space at the NAU Rapid City campus will allow easy access and a central location for SIM-SD staff to optimize use of the mobile lab.

“We are pleased to provide a location for Regional Health’s SIM-SD to help fulfill its purpose for the community,” said Dr. Sam Kerr, provost of National American University. “With the university’s expansion of program offerings in nursing and healthcare, we understand the importance of providing relevant training to continue quality patient care and truly value our collaboration with Regional Health.”