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Apply to the Postgraduate Certificate Program

Applications for fall 2020 start will open in September 2019.  Watch this website for more information.

Admission and eligibility requirements

Requirement

Specialty

When required

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

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

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Application

Completion of a master's degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program.

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

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Minimum cumulative GPA:   3.0 on a 4.0 scale

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Application

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

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Prior to first clinical/lab or within first year of program

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.

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

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Application

Successful completion of graduate level courses in advanced physical assessment (lifespan), advanced pathophysiology (lifespan), and advanced pharmacology./pharmacotherapeutics (lifespan) with a course grade of 3.0 or higher within the last five years.ALLApplication

Online interview/assessment

Family nurse practitioner 

Psychiatric nurse practitioner

Following application review for applicants that meet criteria only

Coverage by non-employer sponsored registered nurse liability insurance (one million/five million).

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Admission-specific degree/specialty information will be posted in mid-July

Additional Specialty Coverage, e.g. student coverage (NP or CNS) OR APRN coverage.

Family nurse practitioner

Clinical nurse specialist

Psychiatric nurse practitioner

 

 

Admission

Basic life supportALLAdmission
Advanced cardiac life support

Family nurse practitioner

Psychiatric nurse practitioner

Admission

Background check/FBI rolled fingerprints

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

ALL

Admission and also annual background check

Drug screen

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

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Admission

Required immunizations

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

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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.

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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 South Dakota State University graduate nursing application via NursingCAS (online application service). The fall 2020 application instructions and checklist will be available when the application opens.

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. Postgraduate certificate program personal statement (will be available when the application opens),
  2. Legal questions supplemental form and
  3. 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 is assigned to applications in which all required documents have been received.
  • Verified –  this designation applies to applications that all required information has been received and verified by NursingCAS.

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

Deadlines

Certificate

Specialty

Cycle opens

Application
deadline

Interview required

Postgraduate certificate

Nurse educator and clinical nurse leader

TBDTBD

No

Postgraduate certificate

Brookings

Family nurse practitioner

 

TBD

TBD

Yes

Postgraduate certificate

Rapid City

Family nurse practitioner

TBDTBDYes

Postgraduate certificate

Online

Psychiatric nurse practitioner

TBDTBDYes

Following review of the applications, eligible applicants to programs requirement interview will be invited to participate in an online interview/assessment. Applicants to programs not requiring interview will be notified of applications decision.

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 webpage, 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 – graduate program.