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.

The all-in cost of nursing school includes more than just tuition, books, room, and board. Other important expenses include move-in start-up costs (like dormitory accessories or utility deposits), school and laboratory supplies, and of course transportation to and from campus. Many of these costs will vary significantly based upon the type of school and the length of program that the student chooses.

A private college or university does not receive the state government funding available to a public school. As a result, private nursing schools are more expensive than their public counterparts. They carry several distinct advantages, however. Because of their independence, private nursing programs can offer more rigorous coursework and classrooms with fewer students. Professors at private colleges typically have impressive backgrounds that are rich with personal academic achievements.

North Dakota is home to approximately ten public colleges and universities that offer programs for aspiring registered nurses (RNs) and/or licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Public nursing schools carry several distinct benefits. Most notably, they are significantly less expensive than their private counterparts because they are partially funded by the state government. Despite these cost differences, North Dakota’s public schools offer the same nursing degrees and certificates as private schools.

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

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.

North Dakota’s expanding healthcare industry is creating many opportunities for aspiring nurses. The state has programs of study for three nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN).

Nursing assistants can complete a brief training program in just a few months. CNAs help sick and injured patients complete critical tasks like dressing, eating, and moving around. North Dakota has 7,000 licensed CNAs who earn a median annual salary of $27,680.