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The RN to BSN is an online program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program is designed for licensed RNs who have either an associate degree or diploma in nursing. There are several plans of study options for completing the program.

  • Fast Track: 2 semester option (Full time)
  • Traditional Track: 4 semester option (Part time)
  • Progressive Track: 1 course a semester option (Part time)

Prospective students are encouraged to speak with a nursing advisor for guidance as needed. Students move through the program in a cohort; cohorts begin each fall. Most students take an average of two courses per semester. The part-time options make it possible for students to work full-time while completing the program. Clinical experiences are also part of the program. These clinical experiences may be arranged where students are working or in the community where the student lives.

Why Finish your BSN?

  • Hospitals with Magnet Recognition prefer to hire nurses with a BSN
  • BSN is required for leadership positions
  • Required for entrance into graduate education/nurse practitioner programs
  • Recommended by National Organizations such as the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, American Association of Colleges and Nursing, National League for Nursing


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of South Dakota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

State Board of Nursing Approval

The RN-B.S.N. track in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be evaluated for conditional acceptance based on the following criteria:

  • Unconditional admission to the USD (i.e. student does not hold probationary status).
  • Graduate of a state Board of Nursing approved program required.  Students who do not graduate from an ACEN or NLNAC accredited Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Active, unencumbered RN license to practice nursing.
  • A grade of C or above is required for all support and nursing coursework (including courses from prior nursing program). Completion of the RN to BSN support coursework is recommended prior to beginning the program. Consult RN-BSN Advisor for questions.
  • A complete application for the USD Nursing program must be received by the published deadlines.
  • Three references.
  • Clean criminal background check and drug screen (completed upon notice of conditional acceptance).
  • Meets all RN-BSN admission criteria.

For more information about the admission requirements, please visit Nursing Admission Policies.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Apply to the University of South Dakota
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Submit your application materials to USD Online:
USD Online
Attn: Online RN to BSN Admissions
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, S.D. 57069

Step 2: Apply to the R.N. to B.S.N. program
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For more information about the online R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at

Dustin Dvoracek

I cannot thank USD Nursing enough for accommodating my needs during my time in the program.  During my last semester, I had to care for my father.  Instead of dropping out of the program, the faculty worked with me to help me finish the program online.  I was able to eventually travel all over the country including Central Texas and Myrtle Beach, all while finishing my Nursing degree online.  Thank you USD Nursing for the dedication to unlimited success!  Dustin Dvoracek