About the Department

Through the completion of a degree within the Department of Nursing at Dickinson State University, you will have attained the education necessary to make a significant impact upon the state of North Dakota and the surrounding region, improving both the health and quality of life of its citizens. Our goal is to foster students’ development into knowledgeable healthcare professionals who are adequately prepared to serve in a continually-evolving healthcare environment.

Upon completion of the program the individual is qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses, as required by the North Dakota State Board of Nursing for licensure as an LPN or RN.

Majors and Programs

Bachelor's Degrees

Associate Degrees

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the AASPN, LPN Degree Program

Application Deadline is February 1st, for all materials to the DSU Department of Nursing

  • Official High School transcripts, or GED, and/or all college and university transcripts. Minimum 2.25 high school or college GPA, or GED of 145 or 450
  • Algebra: minimum high school or college accepted, Grade of C, or Math GED 145 or 410
  • Chemistry: minimum of high school or college accepted, Grade of C , or Science GED of 145 or 410
  • Completed NDUS application for DSU
  • Completed DSU Department of Nursing AASPN application
  • English as a second language requires TOFEL - Scores to be 22. Or attain a minimum grade of C in ASC 088
  • Or, transferring students from regionally accredited colleges need to complete ENGL110 with C or higher
     

Admission Requirements for the BSN, RN Completion Degree Program

Application Deadline is February 1st, for all materials to DSU Department of Nursing

  • Official college and university transcripts with a cumulative college and cumulative nursing courses GPA with a minimum 2.50
  • Verifiable evidence of unencumbered nurse licensure, LPN , ADRN, or RN diploma
  • Completed DSU Department of Nursing BSN application
  • Completed NDUS application for DSU
  • English as a second language requires TOFEL - Scores to be 22. Or attain a minimum grade of C in ASC 088
  • Or, transferring students from regionally accredited colleges need to complete ENGL110 with C or higher

See Department of Nursing policy handbook for further details, and for the alternate admission to the BSN completion program.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

AASPN Program

The practical nursing program at Dickinson State University, located in Dickinson, ND is accredited by the: 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. 

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

BSN Completion Program

The baccalaureate nursing program at Dickinson State University, located in Dickinson, ND is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

North Dakota Board of Nursing

The AASPN and BSN programs are approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing. The Board’s address is: 919 South 7th St., Suite 504, Bismarck, ND 58504-5881. The Board’s phone number is: 701-328-9777. Their website can be found at www.ndbon.org

Graduate Achievement Data

LPN, AASPN Graduate Achievement Data

Year

DSU NCLEX

Pass Rate

Job Placement Rate

(up to 10 months post-graduation)

Program Completion Rate

(@1.5 years length of curriculum plan)

2018

100%

57%

38%

2019

93%

89%

45%

2020

91%

46%

65%

RN, BSN Graduate Achievement Data

Year

DSU NCLEX

Pass Rate

Job Placement Rate

(up to 10 months post-graduation)

Program Completion Rate

(@1.5 years length of curriculum plan)

2018

100%

100%

100%

2019

88%

100%

87%

2020

82%

100%

94%