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What is RN-MSN or RN-DNP?

RNs interested in graduate nursing preparation select RN-MSN or RN-DNP. This option allows RN's interested in graduate nursing preparation to continue advancing their nursing education by requesting RN-MSN or RN-DNP, master's degree and doctoral degree preparation for RNs.

Eligible RNs can request approval to substitute 2 required graduate level nursing courses as part of the baccalaureate nursing curriculum. Approval to substitute courses does not guarantee admission to the graduate school at SDSU, or the graduate nursing program. Formal application to the Graduate Program is made in the final spring semester of baccalaureate nursing. Please review the graduate nursing website to view complete curriculum for each of the 9 specialization areas at SDSU.

Eligible RNs:

  • 3.0-3.3 cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale,
  • completion of an approved statistics course(containing both descriptive and inferential statistics) within 5 years of enrollment in SDSU Course: Nurse 626 – Research in Nursing & Healthcare,
  • coverage by non-employer sponsored RN liability insurance (1 million / 5 million). See here for a list of companies that provide nursing malpractice liability coverage, and
  • all other baccalaureate admission requirements.

Priority Consideration (Family Nurse Practitioner Only): Complete and/or Verified applications received by the PRIORITY deadline will be reviewed with potential for early notification of acceptance to the program.Only applications that have been VERIFIED by NursingCAS will be considered for Interview.


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.