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Established in 1979, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at South Dakota State University prepares nurses for advanced practice in nursing administration, leadership, clinical practice, or education.

Program Outcomes

To prepare Nurse Administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Educators who:

  • apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  • engage in life-long learning,
  • serve South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world in urban, rural, and frontier health care settings, and 
  • function in leadership roles.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following outcomes: 
  1. Incorporate knowledge and theories from nursing and other supportive disciplines.
  2. Display competence within the legal scope of practice for the chosen specialization.
  3. Evaluate and utilize research.
  4. Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse life ways of clients.
  5. Seek to decrease health disparities among populations by addressing socioeconomic-political- cultural determinants of health. 
  6. Use leadership, administration, and teaching strategies to improve nursing practice and health care delivery.
  7. Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve healthcare delivery, address the diversity of health care needs, and advance the nursing profession. 

Certification Eligibility

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Announcement

The South Dakota State University Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program has met ANCC's certification eligibility educational requirements.

Students who complete these programs have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in the respective role and population.

Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification" (ANCC, December 14, 2016).