The USD Nursing programs empower nurses to play a pivotal role in cutting-edge care. Our program teaches students to use research-supported techniques and create collaborative research projects. We also encourage students to make a difference in the world by participating in service-learning projects, both locally and globally. Each student is assigned an academic faculty advisor and mentor who will connect with the student on a personal level throughout the program to help them achieve more and cultivate a professional identity.


  • Our current NCLEX pass rate for 1st time testers is 95.37% for the Rapid City site
  • 100% placement rate
  • Site locations in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Vermillion


What makes your program unique?

We are the only program in the state that trains future nurses together with 10 health science disciplines and a medical school. This gives students the experience of learning in teams made up of doctors, nurses and other health practitioners, an experience that is becoming increasingly important as nursing continues to expand and evolve.

This interprofessional learning experience makes our students top-notch. Our Bachelor of Science in nursing students surpass both the national and South Dakota National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) averages for passing the NCLEX on the first try.


  • Partnership with Monument Health for RN to BSN: Currently, Monument Health pays 100% of cost associated for all nursing classes for current RNs who want to complete their BSN at USD. These RNs go through a selection process and must work for 2 years once they complete the degree in exchange for the tuition support. The RNs can utilize tuition assistance available to all employees to help with tuition for non-nursing classes needed to complete the degree.


Guaranteed admission for BHSU students:


ALL students in the Applied Health Science degree at BHSU are guaranteed admission into the nursing program at USD in Rapid City! The following criteria is required to retain this status:


  • Complete the Applied Health Science degree
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in B.S.N. prerequisite coursework
  • These are the classes required for the Applied Health Science degree plus a few nursing courses as outlined in this advising guide.
  • These prerequisite classes must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” prior to starting the Nursing Program
  • Must earn a B or higher in all science courses
  • Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology and the labs


Please contact your advisor or Tony Long with any questions.

What programs do you offer to students in the West River Area?



  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN to B.S.N. (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Online)


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