Nursing Schools in South Dakota

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Purdue Global Visit School's Website
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  • Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees and Postgraduate Certificates in Nursing
Grand Canyon University Visit School's Website
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  • Online Nursing Degrees
Liberty University Visit School's Website
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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse
Seton Hall University Visit School's Website
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  • Ranked #15 in Best Online Master's in Nursing Program by US News, Seton Hall University offers two fully online Nurse Practitioner programs: Adult Gerontology with Acute and Primary Tracks and Psychiatric Mental Health.

Nursing programs in South Dakota have been limited to recruiting students from locations near their campus locations, which ultimately left out rural areas of the state. South Dakota is geographically large and sparsely populated creating a number of health care problems in many counties, including a shortage of nurses and a lack of opportunities for registered nurses to pursue an advanced education at a South Dakota nursing school.

Don’t let this deter you from pursuing a career in nursing. Much of the country has waitlists at nursing schools. The personal and professional rewards in nursing can make for a long and successful career. To learn more about the steps to become a nurse in South Dakota and what the job outlook holds for Registered Nurses in South Dakota, explore the article: How Do I Become a Nurse in South Dakota?

Online Nursing Schools in South Dakota

Nursing programs are changing in South Dakota. A solution to the waitlists at nursing schools in South Dakota for those registered nurses in rural areas of the state is online nursing programs. Online nursing programs have been around for several years and have improved since their introduction to. Our featured online nursing programs were at the forefront of nursing education technology and have since been nationally recognized and accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).

Qualified registered nurses can pursue their RN to BSN, RN to MSN or a variety of MSN specialty tracks. Online nursing schools have created an opportunity for nurses in rural areas to advance their education and career without relocating, registered nurses can balance their work, life and education and these featured online nursing programs have a similar cost per credit to other South Dakota nursing schools. It’s worth a minute to request information from these schools to learn more about their programs and how they can help you pursue your nursing career goals.

South Dakota Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information 

The Department of Health, Department of Labor, and the Board of Regents estimate the need for at least 120 additional nursing graduates each year to meet demand in South Dakota. What this means to a new nursing graduate or a veteran nurse is that there will continue to be job security and an abundance of opportunities for nurses with advanced education.

With fewer than 5 percent of South Dakota’s registered nurses holding master’s degrees, according to the South Dakota Board of Nursing there will continue to be a limit set on how many new nursing students are admitted to nursing schools throughout the state. This has created an opportunity for nurses holding a master’s degree to become nursing faculty at South Dakota nursing schools. We offer nursing education certificates that bridge clinical experience and teaching for those nurses already holding a master’s degree.

This is a great time to start of advance your career in nursing. According to, the average annual salary for registered nurse job openings in South Dakota was $43,000 as of May 1, 2007. The 2004 Average RN Salaries Across States report conducted by the South Carolina Center for Nursing found the average annual salary for registered nurses in South Dakota to be $46,830.

Featured Campus Based Nursing Schools in South Dakota

National American University Online

National American University offers RN to BSN online programs through the campuses in Sioux Falls and Watertown, SD.

Associate’s Degree Nursing (ADN) Programs in South Dakota

University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Julian 212
Vermillion, SD 57069
PH: 605-677-5251
Also Offered @ 4 outreach campuses in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W. University Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
PH: 800-333-8506
Also offered @ Huron Campus
Presentation College
1500 N. Main Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
PH: 800-437-6060
Also offered @ Eagle Butte
Oglala Lakota College
3 Mile Creek Road
PO Box 490
Kyle, SD 57752-0310
PH: 605-455-6000

Baccalaureate Nursing Programs (BSN) in South Dakota

Mount Marty College
1105 W 8TH Street
Yankton, SD 57078
PH: 800-658-4552
NLNAC accredited
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007
PH: 800-952-3541
CCNE Accredited
Also offered @ Rapid City Campus
Augustana College
2001 S. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
PH: 605-274-4721
CCNE accredited
Presentation College
1500 N. Main Street
Aberdeen, SD 5740
PH: 800-437-6060

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