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Allied Health

The Allied Health Associate of Applied Science degree provides students an enhancement of health care and general education competencies and may allow for future educational and workplace advancement. 

Degree Description

Students entering healthcare diploma programs such as Dental Assisting, Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant or Practical Nursing also have the option of pursuing an Associate of Science in Allied Health.  Diploma program requirements must be met, along with General Education and technical electives to meet a minimum of 60 credit hours.

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Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Tech Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Submit High School transcript or GED scores (also submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution)
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 40 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be within the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday - Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

Educational curricula teach students to evaluate patients’ responses to therapy and make appropriate decisions about continued treatment or modification of treatment plans. The following professions are included in allied health: Athletic training, Audiology, Cardiovascular perfusion technology, Cytotechnology, Dental hygiene, Diagnostic medical sonography, Dietetics, Emergency medical sciences, Health administration, Health information management, Medical technology, Nuclear medicine technology, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, Physician assistant, Radiation therapy technology, Radiography, Rehabilitation counseling, Respiratory therapy, Respiratory therapy technology, and Speech-language pathology.

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After Earning Your Degree

There are five million allied health care providers in the United States, who work in more than 80 different professions and represent approximately 60% of all health care providers. The number of allied health care providers is likely to grow as jobs in the health care industry will grow from 15.6 million to 19.8 million between 2010 and 2020. An increasing number of those jobs will require people with bachelor’s and graduate degrees. Currently, the career field in for someone with an Allied Health degree is expected to keep growing through 2020. Depending on the type of field you enter into, salaries for someone with an Allied Health degree can range from $24,000-$38,000 per year.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.


Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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