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Advance Your Nursing Career with USD's Online Programs

USD can prepare you for a high-level career in the health care industry including administrative and leadership positions in hospital and ambulatory care, private consultation, government agencies, business or industry, clinical positions and more.

The Proof is in the Payoff

Your investment in an advanced nursing degree from USD will be a smart investment in your future. Sound like something you might be interested in? Complete the form or explore more below.

About USD

The University of South Dakota is South Dakota's first public university. Founded in 1862, the state's flagship university has 18 Division I sports, over 200 undergraduate programs, over 80 graduate programs and a total enrollment of nearly 10,000. Proudly boasting a 15:1 student/faculty ratio, USD is large enough to get a big-time college experience, but small enough for an intimate educational setting. Nestled along the Missouri River in Vermillion, South Dakota - USD is in the perfect location to call your next home.

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Graduate Online Programs in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are advanced degrees designed to meet the growing demand for nurses who have advanced preparation in health care technologies, analytics, e-Health, administration and leadership at the organizational and systems level. These programs are online and allow for students to continue their employment as they work to become leaders in the nursing field.

Become an expert and make a difference:

  • Lead transformative practice and organizational change with confidence
  • Integrate rules, regulations and requirements of health care technologies to improve patient care
  • Promote safety, cost-effectiveness and ethical principles to improve patient safety
  • Apply evidence-based practice to informatics solutions in population health and system improvement

Undergraduate Online Programs in Nursing

The demand for nurses is greater than ever, make sure you are prepared for the future leadership roles you deserve. Earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from USD will open the door for higher earnings, increased job satisfaction and an extended professional network. Our fully online RN-BSN program is designed for licensed RNs who have either an associate degree or diploma in nursing. It is flexible to fit your busy schedule, and can be completed from anywhere.

Why should I pursue my BSN?

  • Hospitals with Magnet Recognition prefer to hire BSN-prepared nurses
  • BSN is required for leadership positions
  • Professional advancement in your nursing career
  • Lead evidence-based practice to promote improved outcomes


student success story

Success story Ashley Herrity smiling.
I am learning so much about the history of this field of nursing, the more technical sides of informatics and – as always in anything we do to improve our education and/or situation – learning new valuable leadership skills. The faculty at USD has been supportive, always available and very easy to work with.

Ashley Leigh Herrity

MSN '23
B.S. Nursing '17
Senior Clinical Informatics Analyst RN, Sanford Health
Vermillion, SD