Nurses are key members of an interprofessional team

We encompass the best of nursing traditions and new perspectives to train highly skilled professionals for the future of nursing.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Our four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepares you to meet the increasingly complex demands of the healthcare professions. You'll learn in a rich and unique environment from Registered Nurse educators offering academic expertise and real-world experience from a variety of clinical areas. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). Undergraduates are initially admitted as pre-nursing students and must apply to the BSN program.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) (Online Only)

The RN-BSN program is designed for for licensed RN's with an Associate Degree in Nursing seeking to earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. All coursework is online with three different plans of study to meet the needs of the working RN.

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Associate of Science in Nursing (LPN to RN)

Available only at the Watertown Location. Admission is limited to those holding a currently active and unencumbered LPN license. After successful completion of the program students are eligible to take the National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). The program does not guarantee RN licensure upon completion of the program.

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Site Locations

Vermillion - Main Campus

Sioux Falls

Rapid City




Four Year Program Guide

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Professional Development

    Nursing students at USD have time outside the classroom for professional development. You can become a member of the South Dakota Student Nurses Association with opportunities to participate in local, regional and national activities.

  • Our Campuses

    Students can choose from five convenient locations throughout the state to complete their nursing training. All of our programs will put students on the path to be eligible for licensure as an RN.

  • Applying to our Program

    Students studying in our BSN program are first admitted to the university as a pre-nursing major for prerequisite coursework. Learn more about the process of applying.

After Graduation

Potential Careers

Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation and nursing graduates can expect to work in a range of settings including the following:

  • Hospitals - Cardiac, Intensive Care, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency Room, Operating Room, Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Specialty areas
  • Population and Community Health
  • Clinics- Out Patient Surgery, Physician Office, School, Occupational Health
  • Long term care facilities - rehabilitation centers
  • Home health programs- hospice
  • Business - pharmaceutical, insurance, technology