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Bachelor of Science in Nursing


The University of South Dakota offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This program is in response to the State and national need for wider access to advanced degrees in nursing to ensure that students are well-educated and prepared to meet the increasingly complex demands of the healthcare professions.



Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • The learning experience provides a rich and unique environment.
    • Faculty members are Registered Nurse educators offering academic expertise and real-world experience from a variety of clinical areas.
    • Simulation classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment.
    • Interactive learning modules.
  • USD's long-standing relationships with numerous clinical agencies ensure ample opportunities for excellent clinical educational experiences.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Offering Information

The University of South Dakota accepts University applications for students interested in general courses/prerequisites toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the main campus in Vermillion and outreach sites at Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

  • Students may apply to the BSN nursing major for fall admission by February 1 of each year and spring admission by August 1 of each year. Students who are currently enrolled in pre-requisite courses through USD, as well as transfer students, should contact an advisor to have their transcript evaluated.



The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) consists of 120 credits that include theory, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences.  Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), a licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Undergraduates are initially admitted as pre-nursing students and must apply to the BSN program.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing Coursework

USD Undergraduate Catalog

USD Nursing Application / Acceptance Information



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