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RN-BSN 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-BSN program can be completed in 3 semesters. The course of study is designed to be flexible, so each RN can develop a degree completion schedule to fit into their busy life.

Can I complete pre-requisite courses while in the RN-BSN major?

RNs can be admitted to the major with 3 or fewer pre-requisite courses left for completion. These courses must be completed in semester 1 and 2 of the major.

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

See application checklist.

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?

You must complete an application through NursingCAS. The application is available approximately 12 weeks prior to the submission date. You can establish your NursingCAS account at any time. Applications are due May 15 for Fall semester, November 1 for Spring semester and February 1 for Summer semester. RNs are encouraged to complete the application at least four weeks prior to submission date to ensure timely verification of application materials.

SDSU Admission

Admission to South Dakota State University is also required, complete the application here. Transcripts submitted to NursingCAS will be provided to SDSU for admission purposes.

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 2 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 are applicants evaluated?

Evaluation criteria includes completed courses, cumulative and pre-nursing GPA, two references and personal statement.

How will I know if I am admitted to the RN-BSN Option?

Applicants receive a letter of admission within 2 weeks of submission date. 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 if I am not admitted?

Qualified, not admitted RNs are placed on a wait list, and may be admitted. If not admitted in one admission cycle, the RN is strongly encouraged to apply for the next cycle. It is our preference to be able to admit all qualified RNs.

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, 90 community/technical college credits can be transferred to meet degree requirements, students must complete 30 SDSU credits.

Can I transfer to RN-BSN 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.