The Telehealth Student Practicum program creates opportunities for students to learn about how telehealth supports healthcare in rural communities and how it is used throughout the health systems. These opportunities allow students to gain quality clinical experience and certification while exploring the advances in technology in healthcare. The practicum is sponsored by Northeast SD AHEC and Avera and funded by HRSA. 
Throughout the duration of this experience, students will get the opportunity to experience firsthand how the Avera facilities utilize telehealth to expand their capabilities in rural communities.
The program is 40 hours in duration and is broken down as follows:
12-hours | Online Pre-Experience Training
Telehealth Core Concepts certificate
Health Informatics training modules
Telehealth training modules
Cyber security modules
28-hours | Shadowing/Hand-on Training
8-hour site visit in Sioux Fall at Avel & Avera McKennan
20-hour shadowing placement in a rural health facility

Summer 2023 Information:

Students who participate in the Summer 2023 cohort will be required to attend the day in Sioux Falls on either July 28 OR August 11
Shadowing placement sites will be limited to the number of students they accept. Decisions will be made as applications are received and until placement site spots are filled. 
Placement sites include: 
  • Avera St. Benedict (Parkston) with some time spent at Avera Queen of Peace (Mitchell) | 2 students
  • Wagner Community Memorial Hospital (Wagner) | 2 – 4 students 
  • Avera St. Mary’s (Pierre) | 2 students
  • Platte Health Center with some time spent at Avera Queen of Peace (Mitchell) | 2 students
  • Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital (Scotland) with some time spent at Avera Sacred Heart (Yankton) | 2 students
  • Avera St. Luke’s (Aberdeen) | 2 students
Application Open:
April 24 – May 14, 2023
Rolling basis
Practicum :
June 1 – August 15, 2023
Post Evaluations :
August 20, 2023
Program Contacts:
Sheila Monnier, Northeast SD AHEC

Summer 2023 Application