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: