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Nursing Schools Almanac ranks College of Nursing among nation’s best

Nursing Schools Almanac 2019

South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing has been named to Nursing Schools Almanac’s list of top 100 nursing schools. The college was 96th nationally and 49th among public nursing schools.

“South Dakota State University made our list of the 100 best nursing schools in the nation because of its strong performance across all three dimensions of our rankings—academic value, program breadth and depth, and student success,” said Christopher McMillen, editor-in-chief of Nursing Schools Almanac. “SDSU students have a very low default rate on their student loans, consistently just 4-5% over the past several years. This is proof of an excellent return on investment on their tuition dollars.

“The College of Nursing offers the full gamut of nursing programs, including three bachelor’s pathways, four master’s specializations, four postgraduate certificates, and both DNP and Ph.D. degrees,” he continued. “Bachelor-degree students have scored an impressive 92% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam over the past decade. Graduate students have performed similarly well on APRN certification tests.”

SDSU’s College of Nursing has options in Aberdeen, Brookings, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and online. Its baccalaureate, master's and a doctor of nursing practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

“Our recent climb in the rankings does not take into effect that nearly 100% of our 2019 graduates passed the NCLEX on their first attempt,” said Mary Anne Krogh ’85/’11 Ph.D., the college’s dean. “Our recent agreement with CareSpan, an innovative health-care delivery system, continues our commitment to deliver quality nursing education to students whether they’re pursuing a bachelor’s degree or a doctor of nursing practice.”