Accreditation

The Associate of Science in nursing 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 has approved the Associate of Science degree from USD.

4305 South Louise Avenue
Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115
(605) 362-2760

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 (A.S.) in nursing are noted in the table below:

Expected Level of Achievement Achievement Rate
A.S. 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 three-year period. 2017 to date = 94%
2016 = 84%
2015 = 84%
A.S. program graduation completion rate: 80 percent of A.S. students will complete the nursing program within three years after enrollment in the first nursing clinical course. 2013-2016 = 92%
2012-2015 = 88%
2011-2014 = 84% 
A.S. employment rate: 70 percent percent of A.S. 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). 2016 = 100%
2015 = 85%
2014 = 93%