North Dakota is well known for designing and implementing nursing practice initiatives that are intended to enhance healthcare and the nursing profession. North Dakota is the only state to require a bachelor’s degree before being admitted into the field. In 1987, legislation was passed that requires all newly hired registered nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. However, due to popular demand, the law was repealed in 2003. Despite the repeal, North Dakota and state nurse associations continue to encourage a BSN education. Nurses who are willing to advance their education, know that now is a great time to earn their RN or BSN degree from an accredited institution.

In our North Dakota RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key North Dakota RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of North Dakota, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

North Dakota RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 5 6
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 89.19% 90.08%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 75.00% to 96.21% 84.56% to 93.51%
Average Net Price $8,371.20 $13,777.67
Average Net Price Range $7,365.00 to $9,259.00 $9,981.00 to $16,568.00
Average Student Loan $8,485.00 $16,834.67
Average Student Loan Range $7,133.00 to $10,498.00 $13,489.00 to $20,250.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in North Dakota

Best Ranked RN Programs in North DakotaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both North Dakota and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 5 ADN degree programs and 5 BSN degree programs in North Dakota. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in North Dakota to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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97.10 ADN Bismarck State College 1 44 Bismarck

Bismarck State College is located in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Through the Dakota Nursing Program, a collaboration of several community colleges, a standardized nursing program allows students to earn their LPN and then their RN in a stepwise fashion.  They are also eligible for bridge programs for RN to BSN/RN to MSN with neighboring universities.

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96.63 ADN North Dakota State College of Science 2 56 Wahpeton

North Dakota State College of Science is located in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  They offer several options for their nursing students; they offer an LPN diploma, an LPN AAS, which is designed for students who will eventually seek to obtain their ADN, and an ADN degree.

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92.85 ADN Lake Region State College 3 182 Devils Lake

Lake Region State College is located in Devils Lake, North Dakota.  LRSC offers a practical program and an ADN program.  Their ADN program is open to students holding an LPN license or paramedic license; it is not a program for students new to healthcare.

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90.86 ADN Williston State College 4 264 Williston

Williston State College is located in Williston, North Dakota.  Their program is considered a 1+1 program, where the first year earns the student an LPN certificate and license, and the second year earns the student an RN degree.  Their program is designed under the Dakota Nursing Program.

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90.53 ADN Dakota College at Bottineau 5 278 Bottineau Public Campus, Online See School Details
94.14 BSN Dickinson State University 1 128 Dickinson

Dickinson State University is located in Dickinson, North Dakota.  They offer an associate of applied science practical nursing (AASPN) program and a BSN program.  Unique to their program is the BSN completion program, which is actually an LPN to BSN program, designed with their LPN students in mind.

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94.00 BSN University of Mary 2 134 Bismarck Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
92.53 BSN Minot State University 3 189 Minot

Minot State University is located in Minot, North Dakota.  They offer a traditional BSN program and an online BSN completion program for RNs.  The BSN completion program can be completed on a full-time basis or a part-time basis and accepts new students twice yearly.

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92.40 BSN University of North Dakota 4 191 Grand Forks

University of North Dakota is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  They offer several options for their nursing students – a traditional BSN degree, an accelerated BSN for students with a prior bachelor’s degree and an RN to BSN track.  The RN to BSN program is utilizes “distance learning” and faculty from the nursing department will arrange for clinical experience with a facility in the student’s area.

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92.24 BSN North Dakota State University-Main Campus 5 201 Fargo

North Dakota State University is located in Fargo, North Dakota.  They offer a BSN degree with two options: a pre-professional option and a professional option.  The pre-professional option is for new students, whereas the professional option is for students who already have their RN license.

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