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Technical Studies

The Technical Studies curriculum will differ for each student. Individualized plans of study will be developed to meet the students’ career goals and be approved by the Registrar at WDT. The exact mix of courses will vary from student to student, as long as the minimum credit hour requirements are met and the courses counted toward the degree assist the student in meeting his or her career goal.

Degree Description

Technical Courses - 30 credit hours minimum
Technical credits, as part of a required, earned certificate or diploma from an accredited institution, may be earned by a combination of technical courses and/or work experience demonstrated through documented and demonstrated assessments.

General Education Courses 15 – 18 credit hours
Students must meet the general education requirements for AAS degrees at the technical institute where they enroll in the Technical Studies program. Each Technical Institute may have different course requirements, depending on the students’ individualized plan of study.
  • Communications 3 credits
  • Mathematics 3 credits
  • Social Sciences 3 credits
  • Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
  • Computer Literacy 3 credits

Elective Courses 12 - 15 credit hours
The degree requires a minimum of 60 credits. Individualized plans of study will include the required 30 technical credits and 15-18 general education credits, and at least 12-15 additional credits – technical or general electives – to meet the students' career objectives.

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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

The Technical Studies Associate of Applied Science Degree program will prepare students for a wide variety of careers.

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After Earning Your Degree

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.

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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