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BSN | Bachelor of Science in Nursing | RN to BSN Online Degree Program

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The R.N. to B.S.N. is an online program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). The program is designed for licensed R.N.s who have either an associate degree or diploma in nursing. There are several plans of study options for completing the program.

  • Traditional Track: 4 semester option (part-time)
  • Progressive Track: 1 course a semester option (part-time)
  • Accelerated Track: 3 semester option (part-time)

Prospective students are encouraged to speak with a nursing advisor for guidance as needed. Students move through the program in a cohort; cohorts begin each fall, spring and summer. Most students take an average of two courses per semester. The part-time options make it possible for students to work full-time while completing the program. Our accelerated option gives students the opportunity to complete the program within 12 months. Clinical experiences are also part of the program. These clinical experiences may be arranged where students are working or in the community where the student lives.

Why RN’s Should Pursue their BSN Degree

  • Hospitals with Magnet Recognition prefer to hire nurses with a B.S.N.
  • B.S.N. is required for leadership positions
  • Required for entrance into graduate education/nurse practitioner programs
  • Recommended by National Organizations such as the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, American Association of Colleges and Nursing, National League for Nursing


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of South Dakota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

State Board of Nursing Approval

The RN-B.S.N. track in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

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Applicants will be evaluated for conditional acceptance based on the following criteria:

  • Unconditional admission to USD (i.e. student is not on probationary status)
  • Graduate of a state board of nursing-approved program required. Students who do not graduate from an accredited program, possess an associate degree or graduate from a diploma nursing program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Active, unencumbered R.N. license to practice nursing
  • A grade of C or above is required for all support and nursing coursework
  • A complete application for the nursing program must be received by the published deadlines.
  • Clean criminal background check and drug screen (completed upon notice of conditional acceptance)

Admission is competitive. The number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and resources available.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The department reserves the right to deny admission based on the best interest of the profession. Failure to disclose previous or pending convictions may lead to denial of admission. Falsification of information or documentation will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program.

For more information about the admission requirements, please visit Nursing Admission Policies.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Apply to the University of South Dakota
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Submit your application materials to USD Online:
USD Online
Attn: Online RN to BSN Admissions
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, S.D. 57069

Step 2: Apply to the R.N. to B.S.N. program
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For more information about the online R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by e-mail at

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