RN Programs in South Dakota

A career as a Registered Nurse (RN) can be very rewarding and finding the most suitable RN programs in South Dakota, assuming you plan to study there, is the first step to becoming an RN. Registered Nurses work hard and this career is not for everyone. For the right person, it can be exciting, challenging, and lucrative.

Registered Nurses need to be competent in science and math, and they learn this in their academic courses. They also have clinical practice before graduating. There are two ways to become an RN in South Dakota. A candidate may either complete a two-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Graduates from both types of academic programs are elligible to sit the national exam that leads to the licensure that is required before a nurse can be employed in this field.

RN Licensure in South Dakota

Graduates of an accredited RN program must apply for their license. Before it is issued, they must pass the NCLEX-RN.

South Dakota RN Registry

South Dakota Board of Nursing

4305 South Louise Avenue, Suite 201

Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115


RN Jobs and Salary in South Dakota

Registered Nurses work in hospitals, clinics, schools, adult education and in many other areas. The following list is of a few job vacancies for Registered Nurses that are currently advertised for South Dakota RNs:

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Centerville

Sanford Clinic Family Medicine 49th & Oxbow, Sioux Falls

Catholic Health Initiatives, Pierre

Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, Aberdeen

Critchfield Specialty Infusion Group, LLC, Redfield

Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, Viborg

Sanford Children’s Clinic 26th & Sycamore, Sioux Falls


RNs earn an average annual salary of $50,570.

RN Programs in South Dakota

RN programs all have unique admission policies. Associate Degree programs often expect applicants to be high school graduates or to have their GED. Some schools want students to have completed college preparatory classes in high school, while others will allow students to take them as pre-nursing courses at their institutions.

Other Associate Degree programs may be very choosy about who they admit to their RN programs. They may expect an adequate Grade Point Average (GPA) in high school classes as well as adequate scores on the ACT or SAT.

The following two-year programs lead to an Associate Degree in Nursing:


Dakota Wesleyan University

Department of Nursing

1200 West University Avenue

Mitchell, SD 57301-4398


Oglala Lakota College

Department of Nursing

P.O. Box 861

Pine Ridge, SD 57770


Presentation College of Nursing

P.O. Box 1070

Eagle Butte, SD 57625


University of South Dakota

Department of Nursing

1400 West 22nd Street, Room 37

Sioux Falls, SD 57105


University of South Dakota

Outreach in Nursing

1011 11th Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


University of South Dakota

Capitol University Center

Department of Nursing

809 East Dakota

Pierre, SD 57501


University of South Dakota

Outreach in Nursing

Lake Area Technical Institute

230 NE 11th Street

Watertown, SD 57201


University of South Dakota

Outreach in Nursing

Generic ADN

2300 North Career Avenue, Suite 260

Sioux Falls, SD 57107


Four-year Bachelor’s Degree RN programs almost always expect students to have a minimum GPA in college preparatory classes in high school. Many colleges and universities expect students to have graduated in the upper half of their graduating class. They also expect a minimum ACT score of 20 and a minimum SAT score of 1,000. Some RN programs do not accept students into their program until they have successfully completed a certain number of college level courses.


Since schools vary so much in their admission policies, anyone interested in a particular school should contact the admissions counselor at the college. Many schools are willing to work with students to help them prepare for a career as an RN. The following four-year programs lead to a BSN:


Augustana College

Department of Nursing

2001 South Summit Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD 57197


Mount Marty College

Department of Nursing

1105 West 8th Street

Yankton, SD 57078-3724


National American University

Department of Nursing

Generic BSN Program

5301 S. Highway 16, Suite 200

Rapid City, SD 57701


Presentation College

Department of Nursing

1500 North Main Street

Aberdeen, SD 57401


South Dakota State University

College of Nursing

Box 2275

Brookings, SD


SDSU Nursing

Generic BSN

1011 11th Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


SDSU Accelerated Option

Department of Nursing

2205 Career Avenue #255

Sioux Falls, SD 57107


University of Sioux Falls

Accelerated BSN & Generic BSN

Nursing Programs

1102 West 2nd Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

For reviews and a full list of RN programs in the state, please visit Nursing Schools in South Dakota.