South Dakota Nursing Schools and Programs

South Dakota is known as the "Mount Rushmore" state since it is home to the national mountain carved monument of four presidents. The western part of the state has the rugged, beautiful Black Hills, traditionally home to the Sioux people. There are many outdoor adventures within the Black Hills and it is home to the original town of Deadwood and the gold rush. There are historic Wild West figures buried here, gaming, and various winter sports as well. Further east, you will find fishing and nationally known pheasant hunting, as well as the ancient Badlands National Park where the most famous dinosaur fossils have been found.

South Dakota provides several opportunities for nursing education in technical schools, community colleges and universities throughout the state. While being a very rural state, South Dakota has top notch nursing programs to help the shortage problem. South Dakota's shortage is not as large as the national shortage, but the hardest spots to fill are the rural areas. Great deals of rural residents remain poor and underserved, and the rural area need is high for experts in nutrition, counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and pre-natal care. South Dakota has created a plan for recruitment and set up many more community college and university extensions in rural areas to help students finish their degrees. South Dakota has options for online classes through many universities, as well as online university programs available. Online nursing schools have created an opportunity for nurses in rural areas to advance their education.

Degree Programs:

Adult Care, Anatomy, Community Health, Epidemiology, Family Care, Gerontology, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Neonatal, Nursing, Nutrition, Pain Management, Pathophysiology, Physiology, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Registered Nurse

Largest Cities:

Aberdeen, Belle Fourche, Brandon, Brookings, Huron, Madison, Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Rapid City, Rapid Valley, Sioux Falls, Vermillion, Watertown, Yankton

Additional Resources:

SD Nursing Association

SD Board of Nursing

SD Travel

SD Hospital Directory

School Enrollment Type Accredited Online Program Degrees Find Scholarship
Augustana College 1,700 Private Yes No BS/BSN, MSN find scholarships
Lake Area Vocational Technical Institute 0 Public Yes No Associate, LPN find scholarships
Mount Mary College 1,000 Private No No BS/BSN, Nurse Anesthetist find scholarships
Oglala Lakota College 1,000 Public No No Associate find scholarships
Presentation College 460 Private Yes No Associate, BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN find scholarships
Sisseton Wahpeton College 230 Public No No Associate, LPN find scholarships
University of South Dakota 5,100 Public Yes No Associate find scholarships

Online Nursing Programs without Waiting Lists

School Degrees Offered Request Information
American Sentinel University BSN - RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing; MSN - Case Management; MSN - Infection Prevention and Control; MSN - Mgmt. & Organizational Leadership; MSN - Nursing Informatics; MSN - RN to Master of Science in Nursing;
Anna Maria College RN to BSN
Baker College Online Bachelor of Science - Nursing
Benedictine University MS - Nursing
Capella University MSN - Nurse Educator; MSN - Nurse Educator Bridge; PhD - Nursing Education
Chamberlain College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN); Master of Science in Nursing; RN to BSN to MSN Online Bridge Option
Cleveland State University BSN; MSN
Colorado Christian University B.S. in Nursing (RN-BSN Degree Completion)
Colorado Technical University Online BS - Nursing - (RN to BSN)
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences RN to BS - Nursing
Gonzaga University MSN - Health Systems Leadership; MSN - Nurse Educator; RN to MSN
Graceland University MSN - Nurse Educator; RN - BSN
Grantham University MS. Nursing - Case Management; MS. Nursing - Nursing Education; MS. Nursing - Nursing Informatics; MS. Nursing - Nursing Mgmt & Org Leadership; RN to MSN Option
Herzing University MS - Nursing Education
Indiana State University LPN to BSN - Nursing
Kaplan University MS - Nurse Administrator; MS - Nurse Educator; MS - Nursing; MSN - Informatics; RN to BS - Nursing; RN to MSN in Nursing
Kent State University RN to BSN
Lewis University MSN - Nursing Administration; MSN - Nursing Education
Liberty University Online BS - Nursing; MS - Nursing - Acute Care
Loyola University New Orleans Online MSN - Bridge Program; MSN - Health Care Systems Management
Miller-Motte College Online B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN)
National American University RN-to-BSN
Norwich University MSN - Nursing Administration; MSN - Nursing Educator
Philadelphia University M.S. - Midwifery
Post University Online BS - Management for Registered Nurses
Rasmussen College RN to BSN
Sacred Heart University MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader; MSN - Nursing Education; MSN - Patient Care Svcs Admin; RN to BSN; RN to MSN - CNL; RN to MSN - NE; RN to MSN - PCSA
Saint Xavier University MS - Nursing - Clinical Leadership; MSN - Executive Leadership
South University MS - Adult Health Nurse; MS - Nursing; RN to BSN - Bachelor Degree Completion; RN-MSN; RN-MSN - Adult Health Nurse; RN-MSN - Nurse Educator
University of Phoenix MS - Nursing; MSN - Healthcare Education; MSN - Informatics; MSN - Master of Health Administration; MSN/MBA - Health Care Management; PhD - Philosophy in Nursing; RN to BS - Nursing
University of Pittsburgh MS Clinical Nurse Leader
University of Saint Mary RN to BSN
Utica College RN to BS in Nursing
Vanderbilt University MSN - Health Systems Mgmt
Walden University BS Nursing; BSN MSN - Education; BSN MSN - Genearl Track; BSN MSN - Informatics; BSN MSN - Leadership/Management; RN MSN - Education; RN MSN - General Track; RN MSN - Informatics; RN MSN - Leadership/Management
Western Governors University BS - Nursing; MSN - Education; MSN - Education (RN to MSN); MSN - Leadership & Management (RN to MSN); MSN - Leadership and Management