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College of Nursing

Welcome to Nursing at SDState

Our faculty provide education with firsthand knowledge, and our Healthcare Simulation Center offers state-of-the-art equipment and a realistic learning environment. The research we are doing is impacting and changing communities in our region, nation and world. To make our outstanding nursing program accessible to you, we offer it at four sites across the state of South Dakota. Explore our degree options or contact us to learn more.

Degrees and programs

High school seniors, who meet certain pre-established requirements, may have the option to make their future worry-free by applying for the direct admit program.

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Fast Facts

Pre-nursing student enrollment


Undergraduate student enrollment


*Students in the nursing major

Graduate student enrollment


2020-2021 scholarship recipients


2020-2021 scholarships awarded


2020 job placement rate*

*Job placement is reported within three months

2020 NCLEX-RN pass rate first-time takers*

*Students who tested in 2020. See our NCLEX-RN pass rate page for prior years.

2020 APRN pass rate


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College of Nursing News

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Nursing ranks College of Nursing as the best B.S.N. program in SD has ranked the South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing as the best B.S.N. program in South Dakota. It was also ranked as one of the best nurse practitioner programs in the state.

A Bold Announcement: SDSU's Next Comprehensive Campaign

SDSU launches $500 million comprehensive campaign

Largest campaign in state history will focus on people-centered initiatives, scholarships, faculty support
South Dakota State University announced today a goal to raise $500 million in its third comprehensive campaign in the school’s history.

Pharmacy and nursing student working together

EduMed recognizes SDSU as a top online school in health care education

South Dakota State University has been named one of 2021’s best schools for online programs and courses in health care education by

SDSU earned top honors for distance education in the following subject areas: