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Nursing Schools Almanac ranks SDSU's College of Nursing among nation's best

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Nursing Schools Almanac ranked South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing No. 8 among institutions in the Plains Region as well as in its public nursing colleges and its all nursing college rankings.

SDSU is No. 54 among public nursing colleges and No. 93 in all nursing colleges. SDSU has been ranked in each category for four consecutive years, climbing each year in the all nursing college rankings.

“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 decade. This is proof of an excellent return on their educational investment.

“SDSU’s College of Nursing offers the full gamut of nursing programs, including three baccalaureate pathways, five M.S.N. specializations, five postgraduate certificates, and both DNP and Ph.D. degrees,” he continued. “B.S.N. students have scored an impressive 92% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam over the past decade, including a stellar 97.5% pass rate for the classes of 2019 and 2020. Graduate students have performed similarly well on their APRN certification tests.”

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“We appreciate rankings such as these that demonstrate SDSU delivers quality nursing education to students whether they’re taking classes in person or online. We provide our students opportunities to be successful, not only in the classroom but also when in the workforce,” said Mary Anne Krogh ’85/’11 Ph.D., the College of Nursing’s dean.