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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


Admitted Student Statistics >>

College of Nursing Events

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Jul 12

Health Professions Career Camp

Jul 13

Health Professions Career Camp

Jul 14

Health Professions Career Camp

Jul 15

Health Professions Career Camp

College of Nursing News

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The College of Nursing's location at 1011 11th St in Rapid City

Mollman named associate dean for research for the College of Nursing

Sarah Mollman has been named the associate dean for research for South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing. She will be based at the college’s Rapid City site.

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

 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. ranks SDSU No. 15 in nation

South Dakota State University has been named one of 2022’s best colleges for nursing by SDSU was ranked No. 15, climbing 24 spots from its ranking in 2021.