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The healthcare industry is the second-largest employer in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The metro area is home to major healthcare centers such as Sanford Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. Together, these facilities and their clinics employ more than 4,100 people. To land a position at one of Bismarck’s major healthcare centers, aspiring nurses must complete a training program at an accredited school. Some of the area’s top schools for nursing include University of Mary, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Nursing at Sanford Health, and Bismarck State College. Collectively, these schools offer a variety of programs at all levels.

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For example, University of Mary offers a blended (on campus and online) program for existing licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, frequently called an LPN-to-BSN bridge program. The school also offers a BSN completion pathway for existing registered nurses (RNs), termed an RN-to-BSN program. Bismarck State College offers at least ten different nursing programs, ranging from a practical nursing certificate to an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in nursing. Before practicing, aspiring RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), while aspiring LPNs must pass the NCLEX for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Both are national examinations administered by Pearson VUE.

With the proper education and credentials, graduates can earn competitive nursing salaries in the Bismarck metropolitan area. Local RNs earn $57,310 per year on average, with the top quartile earning $64,580 or more annually. The region’s LPNs earn $43,410 per year on average, with the top quartile earning $47,860 or more annually.

To help aspiring nurses launch their nursing careers, we’ve included below a list of accredited nursing schools in the Bismarck, North Dakota, metropolitan area.

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Bismarck nursing schools by NCLEX score

Bismarck State College
1603 Edwards Avenue | Bismarck, North Dakota 58506
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Sanford College of Nursing
512 North Seventh Street | Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive | Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
University of Mary
7500 University Drive | Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • 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
Sitting Bull College
9299 Highway 24 | Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538
  • Associate of Science in Practical Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bismarck State College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Sanford College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2007-08 to 2011-12
United Tribes Technical College Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12
University of Mary Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
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
Sitting Bull College Associate of Science in Practical Nursing 71.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12