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RN to BSN Q&A

What is the RN-BSN Program at The University of South Dakota?
  • An online program for working RN's with an Associate Degree or Diploma in nursing, designed for completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
How long is the Program?
  • The program requires completion of 120 credit hours total
    • Total semesters will depend on the number of support courses you have completed prior to starting the program
  • Cohorts begin in the fall and continue every semester with graduation in December of the following year
  • An average of  two courses are taken per semester. Nurses are able to work full-time while completing the program
  • Fast track option - 2 semesters
  • RN-BSN Plans of Study
Are clinical courses required?
  • Yes. Two courses will require practicums. Practicums will be arranged in your community
What are the requirements to be admitted?
  • Graduate of a regionally and NLN accredited ADN or Diploma Nursing Program
  • Active, unencumbered RN license to practice nursing
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required for admission
  • RN to BSN support coursework required are not prerequisites; however, it is recommended students have most completed prior to beginning the program
  • Application and acceptance to USD
  • Complete RN to BSN Program application
  • What is the cost
  • USD tuition and fees
  • Access to a computer with high-speed Internet and virus protection is required
    • Personal computer requirements for programming access will be provided upon request
  • Texts/learning resources will be required for each course. These costs will vary
Questions about the RN-BSN Program?

For questions regarding prerequisites or the application process, please e-mail: