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Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The South Dakota State University College of Nursing provides a strong academic and clinical background for entry into professional nursing, as well as 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 RN 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 94.33% pass rate for first time test takers in 2023.

If you're seeking a bachelors degree, we have three options: the standard program, the 12 month accelerated program and the RN to B.S.N. program for registered nurses who want to pursue their bachelor's degree.

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Badge for Best RN to B.S.N. Program in South Dakota

Websites rank SDSU nursing programs among best in state, nation

South Dakota State University has claimed the top spots in three rankings of South Dakota's best, most affordable and fastest online RN to B.S.N. — registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing — programs.

SDSU prof to study palliative care, end-stage renal disease

Brandon Varilek, assistant professor in South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing, has received a grant to study palliative care use, kidney transplant rates, and explore survival statistics among American Indians with end-stage renal disease caused by diabetes. ranks SDSU No. 15 in nation

South Dakota State University has been named one of 2022’s best colleges for nursing by the website Scrubsandbeyond. SDSU was ranked No. 15, climbing 24 spots from its ranking in 2021.