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South Dakota Nursing Schools
(found programs from 13 schools)

State Nursing Board: South Dakota Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: South Dakota Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations


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When you look at the health care industry of South Dakota, it’s clear that nurses have a big role to play in the state’s medical field. The majority of South Dakota’s population lives in remote rural areas, which makes it difficult for people to see the doctors and specialists they need. As a result, nurses provide the vast majority of care for patients.

If you’re interested in starting a career in the health care field, learn more about nursing programs in South Dakota by contacting the schools you see listed below.

South Dakota is an area of focus for the federal government. Many reservation areas in South Dakota are designated Promise Zones, areas where it’s a priority for legislators to improve health care and other measures of quality of life.

Becoming a Nurse in South Dakota

If education is important to you, South Dakota may be where you need to be. KeloLand reports that South Dakota ranks high for nursing education opportunities.

Choosing the right degree program for you is the first step to getting started in your nursing education. You have to decide whether you want to become a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse. If you want to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), you can often complete your education in less than one year with a certificate or diploma. If you would like to become a registered nurse (RN), you may want to choose between an Associate’s degree program or a Bachelor’s degree program.

As a nursing student, you may need to spend a good deal of your time in various clinical settings. Bachelor’s degree programs have the most stringent clinical requirements, often requiring over 600 hours of work. In your practicum courses, you may discover which specialties you want to work in.

Your curriculum should include a wide variety of high-level nursing courses. Classes that may be part of your curriculum include Research and Evidence-Based Practice, Professional Nursing Concepts, Patient-Centered Care Concepts, and Nursing Principles & Applications.

You may wish to look into financial aid options in South Dakota. The South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce offers a variety of scholarships to promising nursing students. Local employers, like Avera, have scholarship funds as well. You may wish to look at opportunities offered by the South Dakota Nurses Association.

Working as a Nurse in South Dakota

South Dakota’s need for nurses is growing steadily. Through 2022, O*Net predicts a 12% increase in LPN jobs. During this period, O*Net believes that job openings for RNs may increase by 13%.

Salaries vary in this state, so you may want to look at many different job openings to see what the norm is in your city. Per O*Net, the average salary for a licensed practical nurse is $35,000 per year. Registered nurses bring in an average of $52,100 per year (O*Net, 2014).

When you are ready to start working as a nurse, you’ll have to obtain your license. You can apply for certification through the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

Are you ready to change the state of health care around you? Reach out to nursing programs in South Dakota for more information to get started.

Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in South Dakota include Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sanford USD Medical Center, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, and Avera Saint Luke’s Hospital.


Nursing Degree Programs in South Dakota


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