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USD Nursing BSN Degree Recognized

Photo of nursing students around table. USD's BSN program has received full status approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program offered by the University of South Dakota has received full status approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

USD Nursing’s BSN degree has two tracks, including a 4-year pre-licensure track, and the post-licensure RN – BSN track. The nursing board had awarded interim status to USD’s BSN program in 2011.

National Council Licensure Examination pass rates in 2017 for USD graduates in the pre-licensure track exceeded 92 percent for first-time testers which surpassed national and South Dakota averages.

The University of South Dakota offers nursing programs at five locations across South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Vermillion, Pierre and Watertown.


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