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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

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
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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        Arends elected to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board

        South Dakota State University Clinical Associate Professor Robin Arends has been elected to a three-year term to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). She will start that role in January.


        College of Nursing ranked among nation's best for value

        South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing was recently ranked 13th in College Factual’s 2021 Best Value Nursing Schools. SDSU is ranked in the top 5% of the country for nursing students seeking a value bachelor’s degree.

        SDNA honors seven SDSU graduates

        The South Dakota Nurses Association recognized nurses from across the state at its 2020 Annual Business Meeting, held virtually Oct. 4. The 2020 convention marked the organization’s 104th anniversary.