Apply to the Professional Nursing Program

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Application Availability and Deadlines

A nursing career will challenge you to continually learn and build excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills while making a difference in people’s lives. Nursing is an exciting profession that affords practitioners many opportunities.

Nursing at SDSU is rewarding and fun. We offer a standard Bachelor of Science in Nursing, accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for student's who already hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree) and an online RN to B.S.N. (for associate and diploma registered nurses).

If you are interested in applying to one of our graduate nursing programs, which include the Master of Science in Nursing, Certificate Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, visit our Department of Graduate Nursing.

Apply to the standard Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

We are not currently accepting applications for our standard B.S.N. program. The application for fall 2021 (August start) is due January 25. It will be available about 4 weeks prior to the deadline. At that time, we will be accepting applications for our Brookings main campus and Rapid City site. Please note, if you are not currently an SDSU student, application is a two step process, you must:

  1. Apply to the university.
  2. Submit the College of Nursing application (available here about 4 weeks prior to the deadline).
Apply to the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

We are not currently accepting applications for the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Aberdeen or Rapid City. We begin accepting applications on October 15, 2020 for the program in Sioux Falls (fall 2021 start). The priority deadline will be January 25. The accelerated B.S.N. program is for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree but wish to obtain a B.S.N. Be sure to review the accelerated B.S.N. program requirements before applying.

If you are not currently an SDSU student, application is a TWO STEP process:

  1. Apply to the university.
  2. Submit the College of Nursing application via NursingCAS online application service (this application will be available when the next application cycle opens).
Apply to the online RN to B.S.N. program

We are currently accepting applications for the online RN to B.S.N. program. Be sure to review the RN to B.S.N. program requirements before applying. Application deadlines are as follows:

Application due dateSession start dateSession end date
September 1, 2020October 19, 2020December 4, 2020
December 1, 2020January 11, 2021February 26, 2021
February 1, 2021March 15, 2020April 30, 2021
April 1, 2021May 10, 2021June 25, 2021
May 1, 2021June 30, 2021August 13, 2021
June 28, 2021August 13, 2021October 8, 2021
September 1, 2021October 18, 2021December 3, 2021

If you are not currently an SDSU student, application is a TWO STEP process:

  1. Apply to the university.
  2. Submit the College of Nursing application via NursingCAS online application service.

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