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A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is one of the most respected degrees for a registered nurse (RN). These programs have enjoyed significant interest recently, as employers increasingly prefer BSN candidates for new hires and promotions. Bachelor’s degree-holders are best prepared for the complex decision-making in today’s healthcare industry.

Overview of BSN programs
Prelicensure BSN programs require four years of fulltime study. They offer in-depth medical training in areas like nursing theory, nursing informatics, and nursing research. These programs also offer hands-on training through internships and clinical experiences. Candidates are prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. A BSN degree is often a prerequisite for managerial and administrative positions, and it prepares the holder for graduate work like a master of science in nursing (MSN).

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South Dakota nursing programs and career outlook
South Dakota has several state-approved BSN programs offered at its prestigious universities. The largest BSN program is offered at South Dakota State University, numbering 200-300 graduates every year. Several private colleges enroll significantly smaller BSN classes, including Augustana College, Mount Marty College, and University of Sioux Falls. The employment outlook for BSN graduates is robust. In South Dakota, registered nurses with a BSN degree can earn $61,530 or more annually. Employment is expected to increase by 19 percent nationwide over the coming decade.

To help students launch their registered nursing careers, we’ve listed below all of the South Dakota schools with top-tier BSN programs.

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Augustana University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
South Dakota State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Sioux Falls
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Marty College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Presentation College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dakota Wesleyan University
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Rapid City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
National American University - Sioux Falls
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of South Dakota
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Augustana University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
South Dakota State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.1% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Sioux Falls
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.7% 2011 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Marty College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.1% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Presentation College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.8% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dakota Wesleyan University
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Rapid City
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
National American University - Sioux Falls
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of South Dakota
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion