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Healthcare Technician

Healthcare Technician is a two-semester, nine-month program designed to give students the skills they need for the growing number of direct patient care positions available.

Degree Description

The Healthcare Technician Diploma is a two-semester, nine-month program designed to give students the skills they need for the growing number of direct patient care positions available. Program graduates will be able to help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. They also will be able to provide medical office support in clinics, physician’s offices, and other healthcare providers.

The program also prepares students to take the certified nursing assistant exam.

Healthcare Technician students will take coursework in patient care fundamentals, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical computer applications, electronic medical records, healthcare coding, funding and reimbursement, and other technical skills. This program also will provide education and training in soft skills such as communication and math.

This program is a great way to enter the growing healthcare field and prepare for even better things in the future.

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Application Process

To gain acceptance into the WDT Healthcare Technician program, applicants must:

1. Complete WDT application online at www.wdt.edu

2. Submit high school transcript or GED scores.

3. Submit immunization records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations.

4. Submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution.

5. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15.00 fee).

(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 440 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.

To continue into Healthcare Technician clinical, students must submit the following to:

Western Dakota Tech

Attn: Healthcare Technician Instructor

800 Mickelson Dr.

Rapid City, SD 57703

1. Provide a copy of current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS CPR certification*

2. Provide a copy of immunization records (Hepatitis B Series and annual TB Test)*

3. Annual Flu shot*

*Students are responsible for additional costs.

The program lead instructor will assist students with any clinical or internship site requirements.

Note: If you are or have been convicted, pleaded guilty or no contest to, or received a suspended imposition of sentence for a felony or certain misdemeanors, you are advised that you may not be able to complete all course requirements for your chosen program, you may be prevented from taking required certification/licensure examinations in your chosen program field, and you may be prevented from gaining employment in your program field.

Students that sit out for a spring or fall semester or longer, will return under a new Catalog and may be required to repeat courses or successfully complete new or revised skills or competency assessments. Before readmittance, the program may need to determine if a student is eligible to continue in technical courses. Program sequencing and cohort size may prevent enrollment in technical courses.

Clinicals, practicums, and internships may include, but are not limited to, differential shifts (evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays) to meet industry expectations. This may require travel outside the Rapid City Area.

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Career Description

Program graduates will be able to help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. They also will be able to provide medical office support in clinics, physician’s offices, and other healthcare providers.

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After Earning Your Degree

Job opportunities in all these areas are growing, and that growth is expected to continue. Labor market information shows the demand for workers in these fields is strong now and in the future.

Through 2020, the number of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants is expected to grow by 12.9 percent.

In addition to training students for these important positions, the program allows graduates to transfer courses into WDT’s program in Medical Assisting, another growing healthcare field.

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.


  • Julia Becker

  • Joyce Lorenzen

  • Janna Cowling

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.

Disclaimer: Western Dakota Tech provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Western Dakota Tech of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave wdt.edu, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. Western Dakota Tech makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party websites or vendors.

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