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Department of Graduate Nursing

Graduate Nursing Programs

What are you hoping to accomplish through your graduate nursing program? Career advancement is probably a key factor in your decision to further your nursing education. Of course, furthering your education can also lead to higher earnings and increased job satisfaction. You can also expand your professional network. Our graduate programs offer the flexibility needed to reach your goals by delivering courses through a variety of methods including face-to-face and online. We even offer classes across the state in Brookings, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

M.S.N. students select from the following specializations:

  • Nurse Administrator
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nurse Educator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Postgraduate Certificate Options

Postgraduate Certificate options include:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nurse Educator
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

DNP Students can choose the track that best matches their needs:

  • Bachelor's to DNP, with the following specializations:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master's to DNP, with the following specialization:
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing

Ph.D. students can choose the bachelor's to Ph.D. or the master's to Ph.D. The following emphasis options are available:

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Rural and Underserved Populations
  • Health Outcomes
  • Nursing Education

        No matter the program you choose, our nursing student services team is here to help you develop an individualized plan to meet your goals.

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