About the Program
The standard Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program on our Brookings main campus, which we also offer at our Rapid City site and our Sioux Falls site, is a four-year program. Pre-nursing students at the Brookings campus apply to the professional nursing major in the fall or spring semester, once all pre-requisite courses are completed or in progress. The professional nursing coursework can be completed in five semesters (or two and one half years).
High school seniors, who meet certain pre-established requirements, may have the option to make their future worry-free by applying for the direct admit program.
- Admission Requirements
Before applying to the professional nursing major, keep in mind that you must:
- Apply for general admission to the university (if you are not already an SDSU student).
- Complete the pre-requisite courses, listed on the curriculum plan.
- Meet the technical standards and eligibility requirements.
Please email or call an academic advisor before applying or registering for classes to make sure courses are completed in the appropriate sequence.
- Application Deadlines
The application to the standard B.S.N. program in Brookings is available on the application page, about a month prior to the application deadline. The application deadline for fall admission is January 25. The application deadline for spring admission is September 25. Any changes or updates to these deadlines can be found on the application page. Check out the application checklist for more details about the process.
- Tuition and Financial Aid
Price per credit
Est. curriculum cost
South Dakota Residents $377
South Dakota Advantage
(Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming)
» Estimated cost is based on 2021-2022 BOR tuition/fees.
» Additional costs will be incurred throughout the B.S.N. program, including but not limited to textbooks.
- Technology and Compliance Requirements
Students admitted to the professional nursing major must:
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Student Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of the program, you will have the knowledge to:
- Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education into nursing practice. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
- Integrate effective leadership skills to improve the quality of health care. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
- Incorporate evidence-based practice. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis; Critical and Creative Thinking)
- Demonstrate proficiency in patient care technologies and informatics. (Cross-curricular Skill: Information Literacy)
- Evaluate the implications of health policy and health care delivery systems on the professional nursing practice environment.
- Integrate effective interprofessional communication and collaboration into professional nursing practice. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork)
- Integrate behaviors that reflect nursing values and professional standards into practice. (Cross-curricular Skill: Ethical Reasoning; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
- Provide patient-centered, quality care. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
- Improve population health through health promotion and disease prevention.
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