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North Dakota’s expanding healthcare industry is creating many opportunities for aspiring nurses. The state has programs of study for three nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN).

Nursing assistants can complete a brief training program in just a few months. CNAs help sick and injured patients complete critical tasks like dressing, eating, and moving around. North Dakota has 7,000 licensed CNAs who earn a median annual salary of $27,680.

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Practical nurses must complete a longer program of study. North Dakota’s LPNs can choose to pursue either a 12- to 18-month certificate or a two-year associate’s degree in practical nursing. LPNs take advanced courses on topics like pharmacology and biology. Upon successful graduation, practical nurses work in a broad variety of patient care settings including doctor’s offices, extended care facilities, and private homes. North Dakota has 3,200 LPNs who earn a median annual salary of $39,040.

Registered nurses require the most extensive training. North Dakota’s RNs can choose one of two pathways to initial licensure: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. To remain competitive in the North Dakota marketplace, many ADN-holders eventually pursue a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. These degree completion programs provide credit for prior study and work experience. North Dakota has 7,750 licensed RNs who earn a median annual salary of $55,400.

To help the state’s aspiring nurses understand their options, we’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of accredited nursing schools in North Dakota.

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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
Sanford College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Sitting Bull College
  • Associate of Science in Practical 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
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
Sanford College of Nursing Bismarck
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Sitting Bull College Fort Yates
  • Associate of Science in Practical 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
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