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Nursing (B.S.N.) - Accelerated Program

  • Location IconAberdeen
  • Location IconRapid City
  • Location IconSioux Falls

Impacting health care.

The Accelerated nursing program admits students who already have a 4-year degree in another subject and want to become nurses. Graduates are prepared to practice in both hospital and non-hospital settings and have the foundation for advanced study in nursing. This education provides the foundation for the development of professional knowledge, critical thinking, ethical decision-making, leadership skills and pursuit of high standards in health care to influence quality health outcomes. For more information please visit the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing page on the College of Nursing webpage.

Student Enrollment





2022-2023 College of Nursing Scholarships





Length of Completion

12 months

Clinical Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*


*Lowest credit hour price

2022 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for first time test takers*


NCLEX® Program Report, 2022-2023

*Students who tested in 2022. See our NCLEX-RN pass rate page for prior years.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Like to work with others and help people
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Have an aptitude in science and math
  • Are interested in caring for people's health
  • Are a good problem solver

Career Opportunities

  • Nurse
  • Nurse practitioner (requires additional educational preparation)
  • Nurse anesthetist (requires additional educational preparation)
  • Nurse educator (requires additional educational preparation)
  • Nurse leader (requires additional educational preparation)

Recent Employers

  • Avera Health
  • Monument Health
  • Sanford Health
  • VA Health Care Systems
  • Mayo Clinic

Internship Opportunities

  • Avera Health
  • Monument Health
  • Sanford Health
  • VA Health Care Systems
  • Mayo Clinic

Clubs and Organizations

  • Student Nurses’ Association
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The Exploratory Studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the Exploratory Studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a Career Coach in the Office of Career Development.