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In just two years, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program can prepare students for initial nursing licensure. North Dakota has two types of prelicensure associate’s degree programs: one for aspiring registered nurses (RNs) and one for aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

RN associate’s degree programs
North Dakota offers two distinct RN pathways: the two-year associate’s degree and the four-year bachelor’s degree. The associate’s degree pathway is the much faster route to initial licensure and nursing employment. Students complete four academic semesters, with coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences. All programs also include supervised clinical experience. Five North Dakota schools offer an RN associate’s degree; the largest programs are conducted at Williston State College and North Dakota State College of Science.

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LPN associate’s degree programs
Many of North Dakota’s LPNs pursue licensure through a 12- to 18-month certificate program. However, several schools offer a deeper associate’s degree in practical nursing. The associate’s degree program complements the core LPN curriculum with general psychology, communications, and humanities courses. Five North Dakota schools offer an LPN associate’s degree; the largest programs are conducted at Dickinson State University and North Dakota State College of Science.

North Dakota’s nursing industry
The employment outlook for North Dakota’s nurses is excellent. The state’s LPNs earn a median annual income of $39,040, while its RNs receive about $55,400 in annual pay. Strong performers in each profession can earn over $44,000 and $62,000 per year, respectively. Major nursing employers exist across the state, from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Fargo to St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

With employment opportunities growing much faster than average, now is an excellent time to pursue a career as an RN or LPN. You can use our comprehensive list below of North Dakota associate’s degree programs to get started.

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North Dakota State College of Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Bismarck State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Dickinson State University
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
United Tribes Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Lake Region State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Williston State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Dakota College at Bottineau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Sitting Bull College
  • Associate of Science in Practical Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Turtle Mountain Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 42.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2008-09)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
North Dakota State College of Science
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 96.1% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Bismarck State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Dickinson State University
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 91.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12
United Tribes Technical College
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Lake Region State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Williston State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Dakota College at Bottineau
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Sitting Bull College
Associate of Science in Practical Nursing 71.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Turtle Mountain Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 42.9% 2008-09 to 2008-09