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Why Pursue an Accelerated Nursing Degree at SDState?

If you’re looking at making a quick jump into health care, an accelerated degree in nursing at South Dakota State University could be your choice.

Here are a few reasons why to pursue an accelerated degree nursing at SDState:

SDState offers a 12-month Bachelor of Science for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field but are considering a career in nursing.

Don’t worry about being a nontraditional student. In Aberdeen, the recent class’s average age was 28, while it was 24 in Sioux Falls. You get the same experiences as a traditional student, just in a shorter period of time.

Students take 62 credits and participate in 960 clinical hours in five terms during that 12-month timeframe.

Students get to participate in clinicals after just three or four weeks in class.

The Aberdeen program can take a maximum of 40 students each academic year, which in this case starts in January and ends in December. The Sioux Falls-based accelerated program runs from August to August and also accepts 40 students.

While the pace is quick, students are successful. More than 95 percent of the 2017 graduates passed the NCLEX on their first attempt. Graduates who pass the NCLEX can start working in a health-care facility within one or two months after finishing classes.

In SDState’s accelerated option, students will have many of their classes in an actual classroom with occasional evening and weekend clinical requirements. In addition, the program in Aberdeen gives students a unique opportunity to work with various children at area summer camps.

For more information, please visit Aberdeen or Sioux Falls to learn what's needed to apply.