Nursing Schools in South Dakota

There are 16 nursing schools in South Dakota. This year, we evaluated 14 schools NCLEX pass rates and net prices, and our ranking system identified the following schools as the best value schools.

The calculation we used here takes into account a school's NCLEX pass rate and the net price of attendance for a student who received the average amount of financial aid. The higher the NCLEX pass rate of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the return on investment.

Learn more about our nursing schools ranking methodology here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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Nursing Schools Best-Value Rankings


Rank School School Detail Toggle
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Oglala Lakota College
Kyle, SD
Oglala Lakota College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$306
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 63.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 100.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Southeast Technical Institute
Sioux Falls, SD
Southeast Technical Institute
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$12,541
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 81.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 92.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 68.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score 76.3

Southeast Technical Institute is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Southeast Tech has been serving the community for more than 45 years. There are 50 different career paths at this school and many of them can lead directly to lucrative employment opportunities. There are many ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Augustana University
Sioux Falls, SD
Augustana University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$18,937
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 89.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 56.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Augustana University is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is a private Norwegian-heritage liberal arts university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was first established back in 1860, meaning that it has roots that go back to the distant past. Currently, ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
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South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD
South Dakota State University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$18,204
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 80.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 53.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a public institution in Brookings, South Dakota. It is part of the South Dakota Board of Regents, which operates six campuses throughout the state. SDSU was established in 1881 as the Dakota Agriculture College before South Dakota became a state. The ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
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University of Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, SD
University of Sioux Falls
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$19,871
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 84.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 51.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

The University of Sioux Falls (USF) is a private institution in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It was founded in 1883 as a Christian liberal arts college. The university is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and aims to help the ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN
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Dakota Wesleyan University
Mitchell, SD
Dakota Wesleyan University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$20,948
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 82.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 47.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Mount Marty College
Yankton, SD
Mount Marty College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$19,986
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 67.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 79.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 39.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score 46.3

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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National American University-Rapid City
Rapid City, SD
National American University-Rapid City
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$15,428
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 44.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 28.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • ADN
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University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD
University of South Dakota
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$16,647
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 40.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 16.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Presentation College
Aberdeen, SD
Presentation College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$19,332
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 45.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 12.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Sisseton Wahpeton College
Sisseton, SD
Sisseton Wahpeton College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$4,743
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 68.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 100.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Lake Area Technical Institute
Watertown, SD
Lake Area Technical Institute
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$11,536
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 89.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 78.7

Lake Area Technical Institute is located in Watertown, South Dakota on a 40-acre campus. It was established back in 1965and is actually the very first technical school that was established in South Dakota. This school has thirty different programs of study including many associate’s ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Sinte Gleska University
Mission, SD
Sinte Gleska University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$11,807
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 66.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 70.2

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Western Dakota Technical Institute
Rapid City, SD
Western Dakota Technical Institute
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$13,114
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 67.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 64.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
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National American University-Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, SD
National American University-Sioux Falls
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$11,583
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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South Dakota State University - Capital University Center. Pierre
Pierre, SD
South Dakota State University - Capital University Center. Pierre

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN

South Dakota's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


South Dakota's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


South Dakota Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 12,530 29.875 $27 $55,660
Nurse Anesthetists 330 0.787 $89 $185,680
Nurse Practitioners 470 1.111 $48 $99,430
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1,770 4.228 $18 $37,600
Nursing Assistants 5,940 14.159 $12 $24,940
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey