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North Dakota is home to approximately ten public colleges and universities that offer programs for aspiring registered nurses (RNs) and/or licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Public nursing schools carry several distinct benefits. Most notably, they are significantly less expensive than their private counterparts because they are partially funded by the state government. Despite these cost differences, North Dakota’s public schools offer the same nursing degrees and certificates as private schools.

North Dakota’s RNs may pursue one of two prelicensure pathways: associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). ADN programs are shorter, requiring two years of fulltime study. Most BSN programs take four years; however, there are also accelerated BSN programs for non-nursing degree-holders that require just 18 to 21 months to complete. The BSN pathway offers more clinical experience and additional classroom education in science, leadership, communication, and critical thinking. Graduates from either degree program must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam.

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North Dakota’s LPNs may also pursue one of two prelicensure pathways: a 12- to 18-month certificate or a two-year associate’s degree. The state’s public practical nursing programs are split roughly 50/50 between these two options. Candidates in either program must pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam upon graduation.

Newly minted nurses can seek employment with North Dakota’s major healthcare providers, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sanford Medical Center, and Altru Health System. The state’s nursing professionals earn very competitive pay. North Dakota’s LPNs are paid almost $40,000 per year on average. The state’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $55,400. Those who hold a BSN degree typically receive top-quartile pay of $62,260 or more per year.

To help those researching North Dakota’s public nursing programs, we’ve provided below a comprehensive list of the state’s public colleges and universities for nursing.

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Bismarck State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dakota College at Bottineau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dickinson State University
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Lake Region State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mayville State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Minot State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
North Dakota State College of Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
North Dakota State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sitting Bull College
  • Associate of Science in Practical Nursing
University of North Dakota
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Williston State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Bismarck State College Bismarck
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dakota College at Bottineau Bottineau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dickinson State University Dickinson
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Lake Region State College Devils Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mayville State University Mayville
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Minot State University Minot
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
North Dakota State University Fargo
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sitting Bull College Fort Yates
  • Associate of Science in Practical Nursing
University of North Dakota Grand Forks
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Williston State College Williston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing