We've organized a comprehensive list of North Dakota nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees.

If you would like to start a nursing career in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, you will need a degree or certificate from an accredited nursing school. Fortunately, the metro area of more than 230,000 residents is home to several accredited schools with highly regarded nursing programs. North Dakota State University in Fargo offers bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree programs. The university also has a BSN track for existing registered nurses (RNs), called an RN-to-BSN completion program.

After several years of work experience, many registered nurses (RNs) choose to seek out career advancement opportunities. In many cases, this requires earning a higher degree. The master of science in nursing (MSN) is the most popular choice. Several of North Dakota’s premier universities offer highly regarded MSN programs, including University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and University of Mary.

To remain competitive in the nursing industry, many registered nurses (RNs) are choosing to return to school. While an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is sufficient to start one’s nursing career, many healthcare employers prefer to hire or promote RNs with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Fortunately, several of North Dakota’s top nursing schools offer an RN-to-BSN program, which is perfect for working RNs that already hold an ADN.

RN-to-BSN program overview

Nursing is a lucrative and in-demand profession. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. is home to more than 2.7 million registered nurses (RNs). This figure is expected to increase by 19 percent over the next decade. To join this fast-growing field, many aspiring RNs choose to enroll in a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program.

Overview of the BSN degree

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.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) perform a number of vital tasks in hospitals, extended care facilities, and other healthcare settings. They monitor blood pressure and other vitals, change bandages, insert catheters, help patients bathe and dress, keep accurate medical records, and discuss care with patients and their family members. LPNs typically perform these duties under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) or physicians.

LPN pathways

North Dakota is home to nearly 20,000 nurses. In order of ascending seniority, the four key nursing roles are certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). RNs and CNAs collectively account for over three-quarters of the state’s nursing population. North Dakota is an attractive destination for nurses with competitive pay, so its colleges and universities offer a variety of nursing programs both large and small.