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College of Nursing

The College of Nursing provides a strong academic program, professors with firsthand knowledge and realistic learning environment for future nurses. Its outstanding nursing programs are offered on four campuses in South Dakota.

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Degrees and Programs

High school seniors may have the option to make their future worry-free by applying for the direct admit program. Registered nurses who have an associate's degree in nursing can take the fast track by applying for the RN to B.S.N. or RN to M.S.N.

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Pre-nursing student enrollment


Undergraduate student enrollment


*Students in the nursing major

Graduate student enrollment


2022-2023 scholarship recipients


2022-2023 scholarships awarded


2020 job placement rate*

*Job placement is reported within three months

2022 NCLEX-RN pass rate first-time takers*

*Students who tested in 2022. See our NCLEX-RN pass rate page for prior years.

2022 APRN pass rate


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Speaker to share impact of nursing-engineering collaboration

An engineer who has been working with the health care field for nearly two decades helping clinicians and patients fix problems and improve outcomes will share a message of collaboration on the South Dakota State University campus later this month.
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11 individuals, department honored at SDSU’s Global Achievement Awards

South Dakota State University’s Office of International Affairs honored 11 individuals and the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University’s second annual Global Achievement Awards.

College of Nursing receives grant to increase number of qualified nurse preceptors

South Dakota State University's College of Nursing is partnering with Montana State University through a four-year, nearly $4 million grant to increase the number of skilled, qualified clinical nursing faculty and preceptors in the region. ...