The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.

State Board of Nursing Approval

The South Dakota Board of Nursing (4305 South Louise Ave., Suite 201, Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115, 605-362-2760) has approved the Associate of Science degree from USD.

Student Achievement Outcome Data

In compliance with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing  (ACEN) policy #29:  Advertising and recruitment of students requires that student achievement outcome data are made publicly accessible.  The following outcomes for the Associate of Science (AS) in Nursing are noted in the table below:

 Expected Level of Achievement  Achievement Rate
AS graduates' success on NCLEX-RN: The program's year mean for the NCLEX-RN pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same 3-year period. 3-year (2013-2015) mean:
National = 83.47%
USD = 82.17 %
AS program graduation completion rate: 80% of AS students will complete the nursing program within 3 years after enrollment in the first nursing clinical course.


2013-2015 = 88%
2011-2014 = 84%
2010-2013 = 85%
AS employment rate: 70% percent of AS graduates actively seeking employment will be employed as a RN within one year of graduation (excluding graduates deferring employment to continue education at a higher level).


2015 = 82%
2014 = 93%
2013 = 92%