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Frequently Asked Questions

RN to B.S.N. Online Option

What are the benefits of applying to SDSU’s College of Nursing?

The College of Nursing provides a state-of-the-art nursing program that prepares RNs for the diversity necessary to practice anywhere in the United States. An emphasis in rural and underserved populations in addition to liberal studies, humanities, social and natural sciences builds upon the RN foundational nursing education.

The baccalaureate, master's, DNP and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at South Dakota State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

How long does it take earn Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing?

The RN to B.S.N. program can be completed in 10 months if the student chooses to be full-time and take 12 credits every 7 weeks.  Less than 12 credits could mean 15+ months. The student determines a pace that fits personal and professional responsibilities.

Can I complete pre-requisite courses while in the RN to B.S.N. major?

RNs can be admitted to the major with three or fewer pre-requisite courses left for completion. These courses must be completed in semester one and two of the major.

What are the university general education and nursing pre-requisite requirements?

See the curriculum plan.

Financial Aid options for RNs?

Discuss financial aid options with the Financial Aid Office early in the application process by calling 605-688-4702. There are also several College of Nursing Scholarship opportunities available to RNs.

What is the application process?

Contact the RN-BSN Advisor, Cami Veire, to get the process started.

Admission to South Dakota State University is also required, complete the application.

What is RN-BSN admission criteria?

ADNs with unencumbered license in the state of practice are eligible to apply, with 2.5 GPA or greater, "C" grades in all courses and 3 or fewer prerequisite courses to complete. The College of Nursing requires grades of "C" or higher in all courses applied toward graduation.

How many RNs are admitted?

Number of admissions may vary, based upon faculty and financial resources.

How will I know if I am admitted to the RN to B.S.N. Option?

Acceptance is conditional on completion of ADN program, unencumbered license in state of practice, completion of pre-requisites and College of Nursing requirements for drug screening, background check, evidence of personal liability insurance, current immunization status and CPR certification.

What are the computer requirements?

Visit theContinuing & Distance Education page for technical/software requirements and much more.

Transfer Courses

Many RNs complete associate nursing programs offered by community or technical colleges. Current SDSU general degree requirements for transferring community/technical college credits: SDSU baccalaureate degree requires 120 credits, 46 community/technical college nursing credits, students must complete 30 SDSU credits.

Can I transfer to RN to B.S.N. from another nursing program?

Transfer students who have begun but not completed a nursing program at another college or university must submit official transcripts as part of the University general admission process. Students must also submit a letter to the Dean of the College of Nursing indicating the reason for program non-completion and transfer request. Additionally, provide three letters of recommendation from former nursing faculty, one letter must be from nursing program Dean or Director. The College of Nursing evaluates transcripts to award appropriate credits.