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Accelerated B.S.N. Program - Rapid City

About the Program

The accelerated program is offered in addition to our standard B.S.N program in Rapid City. The accelerated B.S.N. program at our Rapid City site, which we also offer in Aberdeen and Sioux Falls, is designed for students who have completed a bachelor's degree in any field and wish to obtain a B.S.N. The program takes 12 months to complete and starts once a year. At the Rapid City site, the program starts in January. Students take coursework and participate in lecture, on-campus labs and clinical rotations in Rapid City and surrounding communities. Students take coursework and participate in lecture, on-campus labs and clinical rotations in Rapid City and surrounding communities. Classes meet at Black Hills State University, Rapid City campus. Simulation skills lab and simulation experiences are held at the Monument Health Sciences building.

Main Information 

Important Application Dates and Information

Before applying to the accelerated B.S.N. program, you must:

The application to the accelerated B.S.N. program in Rapid City is available on NursingCAS around March 1 each year. The deadline is June 1. Any changes or updates to this deadline can be found on the application page.

Check out our FAQs or please email or call our academic advisor in Rapid City if you have any questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition Information

StatePrice per creditEst. curriculum cost
South Dakota Residents$413

$25,220

South Dakota Advantage
(Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming)

$413

$25,220

Non-Resident

$530

$32,357

Minnesota Reciprocity

$434

$26,501

» Estimated cost is based on 2021-2022 Board of Regents tuition and fees.

» Additional costs will be incurred throughout the B.S.N. program, including but not limited to textbooks.

Financial Aid

SDSU is committed to helping students find the resources available to help pay for college — our Office of Financial Aid is here for you.

Technology and Compliance Requirements

Admitted students 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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