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The University of South Dakota will prepare you to take your nursing career to the next level. Whether you want to be a leader within your current team or you are looking to move into administrative positions, you will be prepared to grow, learn and lead with a degree from USD.

An enriching educational experience that works for your unique life is what you can expect when you pursue your next nursing degree online at USD. As a practicing nurse you are aware of the growing demand for skilled nurses at every level. With USD's expertise in online delivery, you will learn from practicing professionals who are committed to to preparing students to meet the needs of the rapidly-changing landscape of health care.

Online Nursing Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN): Enhance your leadership, communication and critical thinking skills with an RN-BSN. This degree will prepare you to be a confident leader who is qualified for a wide range of positions in the nursing field.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Become a highly engaged expert professional with advanced expertise in informatics and e-health. This degree can qualify you for leadership positions and advanced practice roles.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Lead transformative practice, provide system leadership and move your nursing practice to the highest level with advanced expertise in organizational and system leadership. You will be prepared for leadership roles at complex health systems, business and other health care settings.

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Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

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

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.