South Dakota Nursing Doctorate Degree Programs

South Dakota State University: DNP & PhD in Nursing Degree Program
South Dakota State University, Graduate Nursing Department, Wagner Hall 217, Box: 2275, Brookings, SD 57007.
It is the largest university in the state of South Dakota. South Dakota State University is one of very few universities in the area to offer doctoral nursing programs.

Over 12,000 students are enrolled at South Dakota State University including approximately 1,500 graduate students. South Dakota State University was founded in 1881.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers both CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialties. Areas of clinical specialization in the doctoral nursing program include Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. Both a Bachelors to DNP and Masters to DNP entry options are available in the DNP program.

Masters prepared nurses can expect to complete a minimum of 60 credits to complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. Admission requirements to the nursing PhD include an RN license valid in the USA or a US territory, an MSN from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program and a GPA of 3.3 or higher in the nursing masters program. International applicants should complete a test of English proficiency. The PhD in Nursing program can be completed in three to five years depending on the individual nurse’s lifestyle and personal goals.