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A private college or university does not receive the state government funding available to a public school. As a result, private nursing schools are more expensive than their public counterparts. They carry several distinct advantages, however. Because of their independence, private nursing programs can offer more rigorous coursework and classrooms with fewer students. Professors at private colleges typically have impressive backgrounds that are rich with personal academic achievements. In addition, earning a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at a private college or university carries enhanced prestige that can lead to better employment opportunities and higher pay.

Overview of North Dakota’s private nursing programs
The University of Jamestown (formerly Jamestown College) is the highest-ranked private college or university in North Dakota. Nursing students can conduct their clinical rotations at prestigious area facilities like Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Anne Carlsen Center for Children, North Dakota State Hospital, Sanford Hospital, and James River Correctional Center. University of Mary and Sanford College of Nursing, both located in Bismarck, are two other private nursing schools in North Dakota with top-tier BSN programs.

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Employment prospects for North Dakota’s RNs
North Dakota’s 7,750 RNs earn a median annual salary of over $55,000 per year. However, BSN-educated nurses will often land in the top pay quartile, earning $62,000 or more annually. Besides the facilities listed above, these nurses work in leading healthcare providers across the state, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, St. Alexius Medical Center, Altru Health System, and Cavalier County Memorial Hospital.

If you’re interested in joining the ranks of North Dakota’s RNs, peruse our detailed profile below of the state’s top private nursing schools.

Featured Schools

North Dakota

Sanford College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Turtle Mountain Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
United Tribes Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
University of Jamestown
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Sanford College of Nursing Bismarck
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Turtle Mountain Community College Belcourt
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
United Tribes Technical College Bismarck
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
University of Jamestown Jamestown
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Mary Bismarck
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion