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Nursing at the University of South Dakota

The nursing practice of today encompasses the best of nursing traditions and adds new perspectives and opportunities. Today's nurses are highly skilled professional men and women whose leadership, professional knowledge, skills and attitudes for quality decision-making health care delivery.

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The Program
  • Major
    • Nursing
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
        Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), a licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

The bachelor degree in Nursing program consists of 120 credits that include theory, laboratory and clinical learning experiences.  

  • Admission
    Undergraduates are initially admitted as pre-nursing students and must apply for admission to the bachelor's degree in nursing.    

    Students are admitted into the nursing program based on the following criteria:
    • Admission to USD  before applying
    • Academic record (Minimum GPA of 2.7)
    • References
    • Admission assessment tests 
Beyond the Classroom
Students have numerous opportunities outside the classroom for professional development:
    • Clinical experiences in urban and rural hospitals, community-based agencies and clinics.
    • Membership in the South Dakota Student Nurses Association, with opportunities to participate in local, regional and national activities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nursing is expected to experience an above-average growth over the next decade. Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation and nursing graduates can expect to work in a range of settings including the following:

  • Hospitals - Cardiac, Intensive Care, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency Room, Operating Room, Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Specialty areas
  • Population and Community Health
  • Clinics- Out Patient Surgery, Physician Office, School, Occupational Health 
  • Long term care facilities - rehabilitation centers
  • Home health programs- hospice
  • Business - pharmaceutical, insurance, technology
Just the Facts
  • Faculty members are highly qualified with academic expertise and clinical experience from a variety of settings.
  • The learning experiences provide a rich and unique environment
    • Simulation classrooms with state of the art equipment
    • Interactive learning modules.
    • Clinical experiences in hospitals, community-based agencies and clinics
  • Background drug screening checks are required for licensure and/or clinical placement. If an applicant or enrolled student has been convicted of a crime or if legal charges are pending, an investigation will be conducted. Felony and/or other convictions may result in denial of acceptance to the program and/or eligibility for RN licensure.
Scholarship Opportunities

USD awards numerous scholarships each year. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

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Associate Degree

The Associate Degree in Nursing is available through the following USD Nursing campuses:  

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