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Message from the Dean

Dean Nancy Fahrenwald

Dean Nancy Fahrenwald

If you are looking for a highly ranked nursing education program that is affordable and reputable, you have come to the right place to start or advance your nursing career! The College of Nursing at South Dakota State University is the state’s premier professional nursing education leader. Our graduates are valued by employers and they are in demand for their caring and safe clinical practice, leadership qualities, interprofessional teamwork, and their ability to integrate research into practice. I travel extensively to visit alumni, students, and community partners and I am consistently awed by the praise for our students, graduates, and faculty. Hearing these messages is a source of tremendous joy and pride!

With over 1,500 students enrolled in nursing and pre-nursing options, SDSU College of Nursing is nationally recognized and has a long-standing reputation for preparing professional nurses across degree and specialty programs. Students who attend SDSU College of Nursing can earn a Bachelor of Science degree (BSN), a Master of Science degree (MSN), a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP), a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.), or a post-Master’s certificate. We offer accelerated 12 month options for students who already have a college degree. Currently licensed nurses can earn a BSN in a convenient online program. For over 80 years the College has offered nationally recognized programs that prepare students to make major contributions to health and quality of life as registered nurses, nurse educators, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse leaders, nurse administrators, and nurse scientists.

Innovative faculty and researchers in the College of Nursing lead programs and initiatives that focus on healthcare quality and impact human health and quality of life, especially for rural and underserved populations. Our students experience outstanding education designed by 60 full-time faculty members, 100 part-time faculty and clinical teaching assistants, and a dedicated group of professional staff who support students in admissions, advising, professional development, research, community service, and study abroad opportunities. With over 8,000 alumni located in 49 of the 50 United States and at least seven other countries, SDSU College of Nursing graduates are impacting health and healthcare across the globe.

Our nursing graduates exceed the state and national pass rates on the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). Nurse practitioner graduates have achieveda 100% pass rate on national certifying exams for several years. We are committed to preparing graduates who can apply nurse-led models of care delivery that meet the needs of rural and underserved populations. Our leaders and faculty are committed to increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce, and our strategic focus for this initiative is based in Rapid City, where the Wokunze Wicaske Alliance aims to increase the number of American Indian nurses.

Prospective faculty members are welcome to apply for a competitive position as instructors (MS prepared), tenure track roles (Ph.D.prepared), and clinical track roles (APRNs with a DNP). We are actively recruiting an Associate Dean for Research who will collaborate with our faculty, students and partners to conduct research that improves health and quality of life for rural and underserved populations. If you are interested in working with a creative and cohesive group of faculty, consider SDSU. We offer programs on the main campus in Brookings, and in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen.

College of Nursing supporters and prospective students can visit anytime to experience our creative learning environments and witness first-hand the transformation that occurs with our students. We hope you will support us as we create a vibrant future for the College of Nursing. Please join us on this journey to impact health and quality of life in the state, region, nation, and beyond.  Explore the College of Nursing website to discover moreabout the College of Nursing. Visit and “Like” South Dakota State - College of Nursing on Facebook and follow SDStateNursing on Twitter. Please email the College of Nursing  or call (605-688-4106) to schedule a visit.

Best Regards,

Nancy Fahrenwald, Ph.D., RN, APHN-BC, FAAN
Dean and Professor
College of Nursing
South Dakota State University
BS '83