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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Registered nurses (RNs) play a crucial role in North Dakota’s healthcare industry, and they are therefore in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this career field is among the ten fastest-growing occupations in the country. RN employment is expected to grow 19 percent over the coming decade, adding over a half-million new jobs to a population of more than 2.7 million existing nurses. In order to compete, aspiring RNs must have talent, skills, and a degree from an accredited school.

North Dakota’s RNs can pursue one of two education pathways: an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). The ADN pathway takes two years of fulltime study to complete, while a BSN degree requires four years of study. Both ADN and BSN programs cover liberal arts, psychology, social and behavioral science, chemistry, anatomy, nutrition, microbiology, and physiology.

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BSN programs go a step further by including advanced training in communication, physical and social sciences, critical thinking, education, and leadership. Additional clinical experience is also on the menu. North Dakota has a dozen schools with prelicensure RN training, including five ADN programs and seven BSN programs. Candidates from either pathway must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam before practicing.

There are approximately 7,750 licensed RNs in North Dakota. Annual salaries can range from $48,000 on the low end of the pay scale to $62,000 on the high end, with a statewide median of $55,400 per year. North Dakota’s large healthcare employers are frequently replenishing their staffs with RN graduates. The Department of Veterans Affairs in particular has made a concerted push recently to hire new nurses in Fargo and Minot.

To help the state’s aspiring RNs find an appropriate local school, we’ve profiled below each of the prelicensure ADN and BSN programs in North Dakota.

Featured Schools

North Dakota

Bismarck State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
North Dakota State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Sanford College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
North Dakota State College of Science
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Lake Region State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Dickinson State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
University of North Dakota
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Minot State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Williston State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
University of Mary
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
University of Jamestown
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Dakota College at Bottineau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bismarck State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
North Dakota State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Sanford College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2007-08 to 2011-12
North Dakota State College of Science
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Lake Region State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Dickinson State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
University of North Dakota
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Minot State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.8% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Williston State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
University of Mary
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
University of Jamestown
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Dakota College at Bottineau
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12