South Dakota Nursing Schools: Top SD Nursing Programs

Schools offering Nursing in South Dakota

Nursing schools in South Dakota can be a source of skills and knowledge for those seeking health care careers in a state with a low number of unemployed workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that South Dakota enjoyed the 3rd lowest rate of unemployment in the country in July 2011. The state also has a significant concentration of registered nurses, the 2nd highest concentration in the nation for that profession — according to the BLS, 10,690 RNs worked in the state as of May 2010.

South Dakota offers many choices for those seeking a nursing degree. Students should consider whether a program is accredited by organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Campus-based and online nursing schools in South Dakota

Among the training options for nursing students are the following schools, shown with some of the programs they have offered:

  • Augustana College in Sioux Falls
  • Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell
  • Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown: e-degree as well as campus-based programs
  • Mount Marty College-Yankton: Bachelor of Science in Nursing and certificate in practical nursing, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing
  • National American University in Sioux Falls: online RN to BSN program
  • Presentation College in Aberdeen, a small Catholic university with multiple campuses
  • South Dakota State University in Brookings: Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing
  • University of South Dakota in Vermillion: Associate of Science in Nursing as well as an online RN to BSN degree

Careers for grads of nursing schools in South Dakota online

The BLS reports that the mean annual salary for RNs in South Dakota was $54,730 in 2010. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earned $33,910, not far below the mean yearly wage for all occupations in the state, which was $34,390 as of May 2010.

Numerous hospitals and medical centers throughout South Dakota, such as Avera Health, Brookings Health System and Sanford Health System, employ many people in the nursing field.

    Nursing Schools in South Dakota

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