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Four-year colleges and universities award bachelor’s degrees as their highest undergraduate designation. Many of these institutions also offer graduate programs of study that culminate in a master’s degree or a doctorate. As North Dakota’s healthcare industry grows more complex, employers are increasingly favoring nurses with at least a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree in their hiring and promotion decisions. Indeed, the most competitive candidates will hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree.

To fill this demand, North Dakota has roughly a dozen four-year colleges and universities with accredited nursing programs. Several of the state’s large public universities offer prelicensure BSN programs, including Dickinson State, Minot State, North Dakota State, and of course University of North Dakota. These offerings are complemented by smaller private schools like Jamestown College, Sanford College of Nursing, and University of Mary, which usually have just 30-50 students per BSN graduating class.

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Graduates of North Dakota’s four-year nursing schools should expect excellent career prospects and attractive pay. The state’s 7,750 registered nurses (RNs) earn roughly $55,000 per year, although BSN-educated nurses typically receive top-quartile pay of $62,000 or more annually. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), who must hold at least an MSN degree, fare even better. For example, North Dakota’s 500 nurse practitioners earn $85,000 per year, while its 30 nurse midwives earn roughly $105,000. Nurse anesthetists are the highest-paid APRN role, taking home $170,000 in annual pay. Both RNs and APRNs can seek employment with a breadth of local healthcare providers, including Sanford Medical Center, St. Alexius Medical Center, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To help North Dakota’s nursing students, we’ve compiled below a complete list of the state’s four-year colleges and universities with accredited nursing programs.

Featured Schools

North Dakota

Bismarck State College
  • 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
Mayville State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Minot State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
School City Programs offered
Bismarck State College Bismarck
  • 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
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 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