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Opportunities Await at the SDSU College of Nursing

Searching for a quality and well-recognized nursing program dedicated to helping students? If a college with national accreditation is important to you, look no further than South Dakota State.

Success and Recognition

The College of Nursing has recently been getting quite a bit of national recognition. These include:

In November 2020, SDSU was rated No. 13 on College Factual’s 2021 Best Nursing Schools while also finishing in the top 5% of the country for nursing students seeking a value bachelor’s degree.

SDSU was also rated No. 19 by Best Nursing Programs in its Best Second-degree Nursing Programs category and No. 41 by Learn.org for Best Online M.S.N. Degree Programs earlier this year. These rankings were determined by looking at the average cost for a degree as well as the average financial award a student can receive. Overall, SDSU ranked in the nation’s top 130 schools in graduating bachelor’s degree students and in the top 85 for students graduating with doctoral degrees in nursing in 2019.

In addition to national recognition, the college also has many success stories. It reports a 100% job placement rate within three months of graduation. Students also have a 100% pass rate on the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse exam (APRN) and a 97.47% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) in 2019.

Over 8,000 students have gone through and graduated from the college in its 85 years, and 860 bachelor or graduate students were enrolled in 2019 to 2020.

Available Opportunities

SDSU offers a variety of degrees including a standard Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing, RN to B.S.N. (online), a Master of Science in nursing that has four specializations and multiple postgraduate certificates, a Doctor in Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in Nursing. As well, the college features refresher courses to help inactive RNs and LPNs review and update their nursing knowledge and skills.

Students can complete their education, both undergraduate and graduate, online and across the state. The accelerated undergraduate program is offered in Aberdeen, Rapid City and Sioux Falls while the standard undergraduate and graduate programs are in Brookings, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. The graduate program is also available online.

The college also has a Healthcare Simulation Center for students to come together and learn in a realistic environment. This center has provisional accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and is one of 146 healthcare simulation programs that is accredited by this society. SDSU is also among the first land-grant institutions to receive this recognition.

Nursing students have the opportunity to apply for and receive many scholarships, as students have received more than $400,000 in scholarships in the past year.

Like what you see? Head to www.sdstate.edu/nursing for more information!