North Dakota isn’t known for having a high population, but that doesn’t mean the state doesn’t need qualified nurses. Many areas of North Dakota are pretty remote and rural, and as a result don’t attract qualified nurses the same way that urbanized areas do.

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North Dakota’s population is older, on average, than the populations of other states. This means that the state’s healthcare system is struggling to provide the kind of care an older populace needs, when that populace is spread out over a huge area and there aren’t enough nurses to go around.


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These challenges spell trouble for North Dakota, but they’re actually good news for nurses. Not only do the state’s large hospitals need qualified nursing staff, there are an abundance of job opportunities available all over the state, from community hospitals to private practices in rural areas.

In an effort to lure more students to the state’s nursing schools, there are several different financial aid, tuition reimbursement, loan forgiveness, and other programs in place. Some of these programs include;
– Scholarships from individual schools, like the University of North Dakota
– The Nurse Practitioners, Physician’s Assistants, and Certified Nurse Midwives State/Community Matching Loan Repayment Program, to draw more nurses to rural areas
– The Nursing ED Loan, a loan-for-service program designed to keep North Dakota nursing students employed within the state
– Tuition reimbursement programs provided by hospitals and other employers

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Nursing Degrees by Program in North Dakota

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Careers for North Dakota Nurses

Nursing salaries in North Dakota vary, just like they do in other large states. An RN working as a staff nurse in Bismark, for one, earns a median annual salary of $60,209. Meanwhile, the same position in Grand Forks pays a median salary of $54,359 per year. These median figures reflect a salary range of $44,000 to nearly $75,000. All figures are from the BLS.

North Dakota Board of Nursing

North Dakota’s Board of Nursing is the place to go for information on all things nursing related. As the primary information source and regulatory body for North Dakota nurses, people can get information on licensing, examinations, loans and scholarships, approved nursing programs, continuing education requirements, and more. The North Dakota Board of Nursing can be reached at 919 South 7th Street, Ste. 504, Bismarck, ND, 58504.

Nursing Scholarships & Grants Info for North Dakota

The following nursing scholarships and grants are for North Dakota residents and students pursuing nursing degrees.

North Dakota Community Foundation
Nursing students who graduated from a North Dakota high school may be eligible for a nursing scholarship from the Foundation.  The Foundation administers several scholarships.  Each has separate eligibility and submission requirements.  Interested nursing students should contact the Foundation at 309 North Mandan Street, Suite 2, P.O. Box 387, Bismarck, ND 58502 for current scholarship applications and guidelines.

Dakota Medical Foundation
The Foundation provides nursing scholarships to residents of North Dakota.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need.  Award amounts vary as do eligibility requirements.  For applications and guidelines, contact the Foundation at 4152 30th Avenue South, Suite 102, Fargo, ND 58104 or by calling (701) 271-0263.

University of North Dakota
With nearly 35 scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students, the School of Nursing at University of North Dakota is a primary source of financial assistance opportunities for students. Each scholarship program has specific eligibility criteria that students must meet.  Award amounts vary. All applications are due mid-March annually for the following school year.  For more information, including applications and guidelines, contact the School at (701) 777-4174.

MDU Resources Foundation
Students may be eligible for nursing scholarships from the Foundation. Eligible recipients are children and spouses of MDU Resources Group, Inc. full-time employees.  Scholarship awards are based on class rank, academic scores, and applications. Award amounts vary. For applications and guidelines, nursing students should contact the Foundation at P.O. Box 5650, Bismarck, ND 58506 or call (701) 530-1087. Completed applications are due by mid-June annually and must be mailed to MDU Resources Group, Employee Scholarship Program, Scholarship Management Services, One Scholarship Way, P.O. Box 297, Saint Peter, MN 56082.

United Telephone Educational Foundation, Inc.
Nursing students may be eligible for nursing scholarships from the Foundation is their parents are members of the United Telephone Mutual Aid Corporation.  Additional eligibility criteria include academic achievement and letters of recommendation.  Applications are due by the end of March annually.  For applications and current guidelines, contact the Foundation at P.O. Box 729, Langdon, ND 58249 or by calling (701) 256-5156.

Theodore H. Sedler Scholarship Fund
Nursing students who graduated from high schools in Richland County, North Dakota may be eligible for a scholarship from the Fund. Additional eligibility criteria include academic achievement and letters of recommendation.  Award amounts vary.  Completed applications are due by April annually.  For applications and guidelines on current nursing scholarship opportunities, contact the Fund, c/o Bank of the West, 520 Main Avenue, Fargo, ND 58124.

McKenzie County Education Trust
Students and residents of McKenzie County, North Dakota may be eligible for a nursing scholarship from the Trust.  Award amounts vary.  Applications are due by mid-June annually.  For scholarship applications, contact the Trust at 11520 11th Street N.E., Aneta, ND 58212.  For general questions, call the Trust at (701) 797-3383.

List of Nursing Schools & Accredited Programs in North Dakota

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List of North Dakota Nursing Schools

Bismarck State College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
1500 Edwards Ave
Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5587
Phone:(736) 342-4361
Website: www.bismarckstate.edu
Bismarck State College is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, public institution.

Dakota College at Bottineau

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
105 Simrall Blvd
Bottineau, North Dakota 58318-1159
Phone:(701) 228-5488
Phone: (800) 542-6866
Website: www.dakotacollege.edu
Dakota College at Bottineau is a 2-year, public institution.

Dickinson State University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601-4896
Phone:(701) 483-2507
Phone: (800) 279-4295
Website: www.dickinsonstate.com
Dickinson State University is a 4-year, public institution.

Fort Berthold Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
220 8th Ave. N
New Town, North Dakota 58763
Phone:(701) 627-4738
Website: www.fortbertholdcc.edu
Fort Berthold Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Jamestown College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
608 6th St Nurse Educator
Jamestown, North Dakota 58405
Phone:(701) 252-3467
Phone: (800) 336-2554
Website: www.jc.edu
Jamestown College is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

Lake Region State College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
1801 College Dr N
Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301-1598
Phone:(701) 662-1600
Phone: (800) 443-1313
Website: www.lrsc.edu
Lake Region State College is a 2-year, public institution.

Medcenter One College of Nursing

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
512 N 7th St
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501-4425
Phone:(701) 323-6271
Website: www.medcenterone.com/collegeofnursing
Medcenter One College of Nursing is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

Minot State University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
500 University Ave W
Minot, North Dakota 58707
Phone:(701) 858-3101
Phone: (800) 777-0750
Website: www.minotstateu.edu
Minot State University is a 4-year, public institution.

North Dakota State College of Science

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
800 N 6th St
Wahpeton, North Dakota 58076
Phone:(701) 671-2401
Phone: (800) 342-4325
Website: www.ndscs.edu
North Dakota State College of Science is a 2-year, public institution.

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

Nursing Programs Offered:
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1301 12th Avenue North, Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050
Phone:(701) 231-8011
Website: www.ndsu.nodak.edu
is a 4-year, public institution.

Rasmussen College-Fargo

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
4012 19th Avenue SW
Fargo, North Dakota 58103-7196
Phone:(701) 277-3889
Website: www.rasmussen.edu
Rasmussen College-Fargo is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, private for-profit institution.

Sitting Bull College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
9299 hwy 24
Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538
Phone:(701) 854-8000
Website: www.sittingbull.edu
Sitting Bull College is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, public institution.

Turtle Mountain Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
10145 BIA #7 North
P.O. Box 340
Belcourt, North Dakota 58316
Phone:(701) 477-7862
Website: www.tm.edu
Turtle Mountain Community College is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit institution.

United Tribes Technical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
3315 University Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
Phone:(701) 255-3285
Website: unitedtribestech.com
United Tribes Technical College is a 2-year, private not-for-profit institution.

University of Mary

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Masters of Science in Nursing
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Family Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Administrator
Nurse Educator
Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN/BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
Phone:(701) 355-8030
Phone: (800) 288-6279
Website: www.umary.edu
University of Mary is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

University of North Dakota

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
PhD in Nursing
Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN/BSN)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
and Nurse Education
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Gerontological Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia
Nurse Anesthesia
Nurse Education
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing-CNS
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing-NP
Public/Community Health Nursing
Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing Certificate ‘
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Registered Nurse to Master’s of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
430 Oxford St
Stop 9025
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193
Phone: (701) 777-4174
Phone:(800) 225-5863
Website: www.und.edu
University of North Dakota is a 4-year, public institution.

Williston State College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)’
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
1410 University Ave
Williston, North Dakota 58801-1326
Phone:(701) 774-4200
Phone: (888) 863-9455
Website: www.willistonstate.edu
Williston State College is a 2-year, public institution.


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