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Next application cycle

Due to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program revisions during 2019-2020, applications are temporarily suspended. The application cycle will reopen Fall 2020 for enrollment starting August 2021.

As you prepare for the opening of the next application cycle,  you may consider completing statistics courses that are required for the program:

  • HSC 631 – Biostats I (Fall 2020 semester)
  • HSC 731 – Biostats II (Spring 2021 semester)

Please contact our assistant director of nursing student services to discuss your options and the process to enroll in these courses.

Admission and eligibility requirements

Requirement

Degree

Program Option  

When Required

Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program.

*Note:  Program accreditation must have been obtained prior to completion of degree.

Ph.D.

All

Application

Completion of a Master’s degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program OR a Master’s Degree in a related discipline.

*Note: Program accreditation must have been obtained prior to completion of degree.

Ph.D.

M.S.-Ph.D. (60-credit)

Application

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

Ph.D.

All

Application

Completion of an approved statistics course (containing both descriptive and inferential statistics) within 5 years of application to the program.

Ph.D.

All

Application

1500 hours of documented Registered Nurse (RN) experience prior to the first clinical lab or within the first program year.

Ph.D.

All

Prior to 1st clinical/lab course.

Letter to the SDSU graduate nursing program from the dean/director of applicant's former/current program that includes applicant's current standing and/or standing upon exit.*

*For applicants who have begun but not completed a graduate nursing program at another college or university.

Ph.D.AllApplication

Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.

Ph.D.

All

Application

Interview with graduate faculty and/or graduate admissions committee member(s).

Ph.D.

All

Following application review for applicants that meet criteria only

Coverage by non-employer sponsored RN liability insurance (1 million / 5 million).

Ph.D.

All

Admission

 

Background check / FBI rolled fingerprints

Note: admission to a program is conditional based on the results of the background check.

AllAll

Admission and annually

Drug Screen

Note: admission to a program is conditional based on the results of the drug screen.

All

All

Admission

Required Immunizations

Note: admission to a program is conditional based on completion of the required immunizations.

All

All

Admission and annually for specific immunizations

For applicants with English as a second language, one the following tests for English proficiency must be completed within 2 years preceding the requested semester of admission: 

  • TOEFL of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based score, or
  • IELTS score of 7.0 total band.

All

All

Application


Application requirements

Each applicant is required to complete two applications:

  • (1) Application to the SDSU graduate nursing program and
  • (1) Application to the SDSU Graduate School.

You will complete the SDSU graduate nursing application via NursingCAS (online application service).

To complete the SDSU Graduate School Application (online application), please follow the Graduate School's instructions for completing their application. Please note, this application does not require transcripts or letters of recommendation.

In addition, the following documents are to be completed and uploaded to your NursingCAS document:

  1. Ph.D. program personal statement, 
  2. Legal questions supplemental form,
  3. Statistics form and
  4. Verification of employment form.

The deadlines for complete applications are listed below. In progress/incomplete/ non-verified applications will not be considered.

Applications are considered COMPLETE if they are listed in the NursingCAS system as follows:

  • Complete - this designation applies to applications that all required information has been received and verified by NursingCAS
  • Verified - this designation applied to applications that all required information has been received and verified by NursingCAS

NOTE: ALL applications MUST be designated as VERIFIED by NursingCAS to be considered for admission.

The deadlines for complete applications are listed below.

Deadlines

Degree

Applications accepted beginning

Application deadline

Interview Required

Ph.D.

 

Not accepting applications at this time.Not applicable.

Yes

Following review of the applications, eligible applicants to programs requiring interview will be contacted to schedule the interview.

Applicants who are offered admission to the program will be required to:

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director of Nursing Student Services.

Important

Due to regulations in certain states, South Dakota State University College of Nursing is unable to accept applicants from several identified states as noted on the following link: South Dakota State University - Continuing & Distance Education - State Authorization Information

If you are a current resident of a state identified on the above listed link, we regret that we are unable to consider your application for admission. 

If you do not currently reside in one of the identified states and are offered and accept admission, please note that should you relocate to one of the identified states while in the program, you may not be able to complete the program.

In addition, there may be rules and regulations required by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and/or other state Boards of Nursing that may not provide the opportunity for out-of-state applicants to be admitted to the RN to B.S.N., RN to M.S.N., RN to DNP or and of the graduate nursing programs

If you have questions concerning this, please contact the assistant director of nursing student services.

Applications from "not authorized/not exempt" states cannot be considered at this time. Due to higher education regulatory requirements, South Dakota State University is unable to accept applications for admission to the RN to B.S.N., RN to M.S.N., RN to DNP and graduate nursing programs from persons who reside in, or intend to reside in, any of the states identified as "not authorized/not exempt" or those in which clinical or internships cannot be completed as noted on the SDSU authorization by state map. SDSU continues to seek additional authorization in the states listed as "not authorized/not exempt". Please continue to check the map frequently.