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The RN-BS 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.
A possible curriculum revision may result in the removal of the requirement of an approved statistics course or epidemiology course, however, note that graduate programs require statistics to be taken within 5 years of the program start date.
Interested in viewing transfer course equivalencies? Use our transfer equivalency calculator.
Students may transfer up to 90 community college credits.
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.
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.