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Are you an RN who wants to earn a BSN?

Are you an RN who wants to earn a BSN? The RN-BSN program is a fully online, flexible, and affordable option designed to help associate and diploma RNs move ahead in their nursing career. The RN-BSN major is offered in 3 or 5 semesters. RNs can design their own pace of degree completion. All coursework is available online, and the curriculum is designed with the working RN in mind. The number of RNs accepted may vary depending upon available qualified faculty and funds. Selection is made from the best qualified RNs.

The application checklist and FAQ explain the admission process and pre-requisite course requirements. View the complete curriculum plan for more information on courses.

Interested in viewing transfer course equivalencies? Use our transfer equivalency calculator.

Students may transfer up to 90 community college credits. Qualified RNs interested in the graduate nursing specializations can select the RN-MSN or RN-DNP options.

Application Requirements

  • Apply for admission to SDSU.
  • Send unofficial transcripts to Camilla Veire, Academic Advisor/Coordinator, for review.
  • The coordinator will recommend a semester of application.
  • At the time of application for admission: you must complete the legal questions and personal essays in NursingCAS, and meet the Technical Standards.

NursingCAS Information

RNs not currently admitted to SDSU use NursingCAS to apply for RN-BSN admission. Applications are available on NursingCAS 12 weeks  prior to submission dates: Fall submission: May 1; Spring submission: October 1; and Summer admission: February 1 (if the submission date is a Saturday or Sunday, submission is the prior Friday, 5:00 PM.
Applicants who previously completed a NursingCAS application on NursingCAS 3.0 have indefinite access to ID number and application information.

Important information for applicants

Applications from "Not Authorized/Not Exempt" states cannot be considered at this time. Due to higher education regulatory requirements, South Dakota State University is unable to accept applications for admission to the RN to BSN, RN to MSN, RN to DNP, and Graduate Nursing programs from persons who reside in, or intend to reside in, any of the states identified as "Not Authorized/Not Exempt" or those in which clinical or internships cannot be completed as noted on the SDSU Authorization by State map. SDSU continues to seek additional authorization in the states listed as "Not Authorized/Not Exempt". Please continue to check the map frequently for any updates.