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USD Health Sciences Online Programs Nationally Ranked

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Several organizations have identified the online degree programs offered by the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences as among the most elite in the nation.

USD’s online health care education offerings were described as the No. 6 overall online programs in the nation by Affordable Colleges Online. The rating specifically recognized USD online programs in public health (in partnership with South Dakota State University), addiction studies and health sciences as being noteworthy among the nation’s best online health programs. Brigham Young University topped the list.

Two other rating services determined the USD online bachelor’s degree in health sciences is one of the nation’s superior online programs, and both ranked USD as among the top four programs in the United States. listed USD No. 3 and Health Science Degree Guide ranked USD No. 4 nationally. University of Missouri topped one rating, and Arizona State University was atop the other.

The online RN to BSN (registered nurse to bachelor's in science/nursing) program at USD was rated as the No. 16 best online nursing program in the nation by Top 50 Online RN to BSN Programs. The rating noted the USD program offers three tracks, creating a versatile approach for nurses looking to expand their training and expertise. The top-ranked RN to BSN online program in the country was offered by Ohio State University

USD was the only university health care school in the upper Midwest to be recognized among the top online rankings.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News