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USD Nursing Receives Full Accreditation for BSN Program

Photo of nursing student. USD's BSN program has been fully accredited for the next 10 years.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Nursing has received full accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The accreditation, issued by the national Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, spans a ten-year timeframe, meaning the USD BSN program is fully accredited until 2028.

USD’s nursing program offers nursing education opportunities at four sites across South Dakota, including in Vermillion (main USD campus), Pierre (Capital University Center), Sioux Falls and Rapid City. An online RN-BSN program is also offered by USD Nursing.

“This full accreditation confirms the quality of our BSN program, and assures South Dakotans and others interested in receiving an excellent nursing education that our program will be available for many years and will continue contributing to health care in our state, in our region, and nationally,” said Haifa Samra, chair of USD nursing.


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