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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. 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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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

2021 NCLEX-RN pass rate first-time takers*

*Students who tested in 2021. See our NCLEX-RN pass rate page for prior years.

2021 APRN pass rate


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College of Nursing Events

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Sep 9

SDSU Nursing Career Fair 2022

College of Nursing News

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Nursing Students

National League for Nursing names SDSU a Center of Excellence

South Dakota State University's College of Nursing has been designated a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for the 2022-2026 term.

SDSU nursing simulation director honored

Alyssa Zweifel, healthcare simulation center director for the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University, was honored by her peers at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference in Milwaukee June 17.

Students experience different role in emergency exercise

Nearly two dozen students from South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing participated in an emergency situation training activity at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport last week.