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USD Nursing's Online RN to BSN Program Recognized as Best in Dakotas

Photo of nursing student. USD Nursing's RN to BSN online program was rated best in the Dakotas.

VERMILLION, S.D. –  The University of South Dakota Department of Nursing’s RN to BSN online program has been rated as one of the nation’s best, and is also the top-rated program in North and South Dakota.

The rating was created by College Choice, and considered a program’s accreditation, reputation, tuition, and graduate job placement and earnings.

USD nursing’s flexible clinical experience requirements, generous transfer policy, and its cohort-based program, were highlights noted by College Choice in announcing their rating.

“We’re the top-rated program in the Dakotas,” said Kimberly Nerud, Ph.D, senior director and assistant professor at the University of South Dakota’s nursing department. “Because the USD nursing department is committed to providing a flexible online education that prepares our students to be leaders in practice, scholarship and inter-professionalism, our fully accredited online program offers both part-time and full-time tracks to meet the needs of students and practice partners.”

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