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If you are interested in the fastest path to employment as a nurse, consider attending a community college or vocational school. These institutions are more accessible than four-year colleges and universities. Tuition is often significantly lower, and the only admissions requirement is usually a high school diploma. North Dakota’s community colleges and vocational schools offer two types of nursing education: a certificate or associate’s degree for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and an associate’s degree for registered nurses (RNs).

LPN programs
The LPN certificate program requires 12 to 18 months of fulltime study. It is offered at several North Dakota community colleges, including Lake Region State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, and Williston State College. North Dakota State College of Science offers a deeper two-year associate’s degree in practical nursing. In either program, the curriculum covers critical topics like nursing practice, pharmacology, and biology. All LPN students participate in supervised clinical experiences, and all must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) upon graduation.

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RN programs
North Dakota’s aspiring RNs may earn an associate of applied science (AAS) in nursing. These programs typically last two years, and they often open the door to more lucrative employment opportunities than LPN programs. All of the North Dakota community colleges cited above offer an AAS program. Students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) upon graduation.

Career outlook for North Dakota’s nurses
North Dakota is home to 3,220 LPNs who earn a median annual salary of $39,040. The state’s 7,750 RNs receive $55,400 in annual pay. North Dakota’s top medical facilities are always looking to hire qualified LPNs and RNs. The state’s major nursing employers include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sanford Medical Center, St. Alexius Medical Center, Altru Health System, and Cavalier County Memorial Hospital.

Interested in the fast track to a nursing career? Get started with our comprehensive list below of vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing in North Dakota.

Featured Schools

North Dakota

Dakota College at Bottineau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lake Region State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Dakota State College of Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Williston State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Dakota College at Bottineau Bottineau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lake Region State College Devils Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Williston State College Williston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing