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Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Start your nursing career

The South Dakota State University College of Nursing provides a strong academic and clinical background for entry into professional nursing, as well opportunities for registered nurses to further their education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). We offer programs across the state in Rapid City, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls and Brookings. We also offer our R.N. to B.S.N. option exclusively online.

You can be sure our education is of the highest quality, because our baccalaureate graduates consistently score above the national average on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). We currently boast a 97.47% pass rate.

In our standard program, one-third of our 120 credits focus on practice, this means that students participate in 970 hours of clinical; our students experience first-hand what it takes to be a nurse.

With a job placement rate of 100%, South Dakota State University College of Nursing will provide you with the foundation you need for a successful carer in nursing.

Choose the path that works for you

The College of Nursing also offers an 18 credit health science minor with courses in a variety of health related areas such as community health, alternative health, stress management, women's health, occupational health and much more.

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education into nursing practice.
  2. Integrate effective leadership skills to improve the quality of health care.
  3. Incorporate evidence-based practice.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in patient care technologies and informatics.
  5. Evaluate the implications of health policy and health care delivery systems on the professional nursing practice environment.
  6. Integrate effective interprofessional communication and collaboration into professional nursing practice.
  7. Improve population health through health promotion and disease prevention.
  8. Integrate behaviors that reflect nursing values and professional standards into practice.
  9. Provide patient-centered, quality care.