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South Dakota Nursing Programs

Accredited Nursing Programs in South Dakota

In South Dakota and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in South Dakota accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and South Dakota campus locations, then request free information from any or all South Dakota nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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South Dakota Nursing Schools No classes to attend, complete virtually 100% of your coursework from the comfort of your home. Currently licensed LPN's and RN's in South Dakota are pre-approved for financing. Fast-track options are available for most South Dakota nursing programs, however, you can complete your coursework at your own pace. Academic advisors are available 8am to 11pm Monday through Friday, and The College Network guarantees your academic success. Currently The College Network education partners are the National League for Nursing, Angelo State University, Bellevue University, Boston University, Cornell University, Deaconess College, Indiana State University, Regis University, Salve Regina University, University of Southern California, and Vicennes University. The first step to advancing your nursing career is to request free information from The College Network.

South Dakota Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

South Dakota Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in South Dakota

RNs: To become a registered nurse in South Dakota, you must first complete a nursing education at an accredited school. After completing one of the approved programs, prospective RNs must then register for NCLEX examination through Pearson Professional Testing. It is worth noting that there are separate forms and three separate fees that must be submitted to start the examination process: $100 fee payable to the South Dakota Nursing Board, $200 fee payable to NCLEX, and $43.25 for criminal background check. Approved applicants must then take the NCLEX-RN examination. If you pass the NCLEX examination, your license will accompany your test results. Otherwise, you will be invited to re-apply for licensure. The South Dakota Board of Nursing conducts a background check for all prospective nurses. To request a fingerprint kit, please call the SD Board of Nursing at 605-362-2760. You must contact the Board of Nursing to request a criminal background check packet, including fingerprint cards. Return the criminal background check kit with a check or money order payable to South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

LPNs: There are approximately 1,960 LPNs working in South Dakota. All prospective LPNs in the state of South Dakota must first complete an education at an accredited program. These usually take anywhere from 9 months to a year to complete, and are available at community colleges. Upon completion of the LPN program, candidates must also pass the NCLEX examination. Like RNs, all prospective LPNs who passed the NCLEX will receive their license along with test results. LPNs must satisfy continuing education requirement to remain in good standing. Renewal period is typically every two years.

The Best Cities in South Dakota for Nursing Jobs

  • Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota–the 2010 U.S. Census puts it estimated population at 153,888. While Sioux Falls is not the capital city, it is undoubtedly the cultural capital of South Dakota. This city is home to several museums, recreational parks, health facilities, and academic institutions.
  • Rapid City. The second largest city in South Dakota, Rapid City presents health professionals with many career opportunities. The city is a major medical hub for a five-state region. In addition to traditional health facilities, there are two Veteran’s Affairs hospitals located in nearby Fort Meade and Hot Springs.
  • Brookings. This former railroad town has the fourth largest population in the state. Located in a beautiful university town in eastern South Dakota, Brookings is home to the state’s largest university, South Dakota State University, as well as electronic sign behemoth Daktronics. One of the city’s major employers is Brookings Hospital, which makes it a good fit for nurses in South Dakota.

Major Hospitals in South Dakota

  • Avera Health. Avera Health is a network of medical facilities offering a wide array of services. Chief among the medical centers is Avera Heart Hospital, the first and only hospital in South Dakota dedicated to the treatment of our nation’s top killer–cardiovascular disease. In 2010, the Avera Heart Hospital was named one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters for the fifth straight year. This medical facility sports innovative medical equipment designed to meet the community’s health care needs. Avera Health employs 13,200 medical professionals.
  • Sanford USD Medical Center. Named among the Top 50 Hospitals for the treatment of Diabetes & Endocrinology treatment, Sanford is one of the leading hospitals in South Dakota. It offers 478 licensed beds and employs about 1,500 nurses and physicians.
  • Hospital. The Regional Health Network’s people-driven mission has earned it several accolades, including the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, an honor shared only by institutions with high quality care. This hospital offers exciting and challenging career opportunities. They are dedicated to hiring a diverse personnel who also will use their skills to enhance the services they provide and sustain this institution’s enviable reputation.
  • VA Black Hills Health Care System. Offering inpatient and outpatient services to U.S. veterans, Black Hills Health Care System is one of the most important health bodies in South Dakota. This facility offers a full spectrum of medical services, ranging from therapeutic care to residential rehabilitation programs.
  • Hospital. Children’s Care has been in the business of helping children since 1952. This hospital offers 114 beds and a wide array of services that runs the gamut from fetal care to heart care. Unlike most children’s hospitals, Children’s Care does not limit its scope of services to the young ones. The seasoned medical practitioners at this facility are also available to adults.

Augustana College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1860
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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Mount Marty College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Yankton, South Dakota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1936
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
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Presentation College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Aberdeen, South Dakota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1951
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
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South Dakota State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Brookings, South Dakota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1881
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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