Nursing is one of the most noble, if not the most noble; professions one can get involved in. Registered nurses are constantly seeking advanced degrees and almost half have already pursued higher education. These statistics are not surprising. There is a national push for registered nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher. This will help them to be prepared for the constantly evolving health care industry. There are many programs for nurses to choose and they are designed with a sense of flexibility to meet the scheduling needs of busy, working nurses. There are programs online as well as in the traditional campus setting.

In our South Dakota RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key South 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 South 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.

South Dakota RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 5 9
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 81.44% 85.40%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 67.47% to 92.30% 70.27% to 94.53%
Average Net Price $13,152.20 $18,136.44
Average Net Price Range $3,324.00 to $20,215.00 $14,584.00 to $20,215.00
Average Student Loan $15,462.50 $17,506.22
Average Student Loan Range $10,000.00 to $18,585.00 $10,637.00 to $26,000.00
See Additional Detail ADN Rankings for South Dakota State BSN Rankings for South Dakota State

Best Ranked RN Programs in South Dakota

Best Ranked RN Programs in South 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 South Dakota and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 4 ADN degree programs and 7 BSN degree programs in South 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 South Dakota to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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84.47 ADN University of South Dakota 1 501 Vermillion

University of South Dakota is located in Vermillion, South Dakota.  They also have multiple campuses throughout the state.  Their nursing program offers an LPN to RN program at the Watertown campus.  Otherwise, they offer a BSN program, an accelerated BSN program and an RN to BSN program, which is offered online.  The programs are offered at most of their campuses.

Public Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
95.27 BSN Augustana University 1 83 Sioux Falls

Augustana University is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Their nursing program has been in existence for more than 70 years and they are a regional leader in nursing education.  They offer a BSN program and an accelerated BSN program.  They also offer training in parish nursing; a parish nurse is “…a licensed registered nurse who faciliates the holistic health of the congregation, thus reclaiming the healing ministry of the church. The parish nurse focuses on the spiritual, emotional, physical and social dimensions of people as they strive to achieve healing and wholeness.”  Augustana College also offers a nursing student exchange program in Norway.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
94.30 BSN University of Sioux Falls 2 122 Sioux Falls

University of Sioux Falls is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  They offer three nursing tracks: a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  The online RN to BSN program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
89.20 BSN University of South Dakota 3 289 Vermillion

University of South Dakota is located in Vermillion, South Dakota.  They also have multiple campuses throughout the state.  Their nursing program offers an LPN to RN program at the Watertown campus.  Otherwise, they offer a BSN program, an accelerated BSN program and an RN to BSN program, which is offered online.  The programs are offered at most of their campuses.

Public Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
89.14 BSN South Dakota State University 4 291 Brookings

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, South Dakota.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program and an online RN to BSN program.  They also offer LPN and RN refresher courses for those nurses who have been out of practice and need to brush up on their skills.

Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
77.43 BSN Mount Marty College 5 490 Yankton

Mount Marty College is located in Yankcom, South Dakota.  Their nursing program has been in existence since 1905, originally being called the Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing.  They offer a BSN degree.  They also offer a Bridge program for RNs and LPNs.  They also offer a Master of Science in nurse anesthesia and general MSN program.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
74.93 BSN Presentation College 6 504 Aberdeen Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
70.51 BSN National American University-Rapid City 7 522 Rapid City Private For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details