Nursing Schools in South Dakota

The state of South Dakota is home to 16 nursing schools. This year, we evaluated 14 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best value schools in South Dakota. Nursingexplorer.com's ranking system is data-driven. We only use quantifiable data (such as NCLEX pass rate and average net price) to calculate the ranks. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

Best Value RN Programs in South Dakota

Best Value LPN Programs in South Dakota

Complete List of Nursing Schools in South Dakota

Listed below are all the nursing schools located in South Dakota. Use the sort feature to view which schools have the best RN and LPN programs, which ones are the cheapest or to compare campus sizes. Click on each school's name for more detail info.


Augustana University

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,937
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.0%
RN Programs best-value score56.5

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
University of Sioux Falls

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,871
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate84.2%
RN Programs best-value score51.7

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
Dakota Wesleyan University

Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,948
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate82.1%
RN Programs best-value score47.8

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
Southeast Technical Institute

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,541
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate81.7%
RN Programs best-value score68.9
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate92.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score76.3

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$18,204
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate80.4%
RN Programs best-value score53.8

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
Mount Marty College

Mount Marty College

Yankton, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,986
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate67.1%
RN Programs best-value score39.1
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate79.8%
LPN/LVN best-value score46.3

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Oglala Lakota College

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$306
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate63.1%
RN Programs best-value score100.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
Presentation College

Presentation College

Aberdeen, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,332
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate45.2%
RN Programs best-value score12.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
National American University-Rapid City

National American University-Rapid City

Rapid City, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$15,428
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate44.0%
RN Programs best-value score28.6

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • ADN
University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$16,647
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate40.6%
RN Programs best-value score16.4

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
Lake Area Technical Institute

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,536
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate89.6%
LPN/LVN best-value score78.7

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,743
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate68.6%
LPN/LVN best-value score100.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Western Dakota Technical Institute

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$13,114
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate67.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score64.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
Sinte Gleska University

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$11,807
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate66.6%
LPN/LVN best-value score70.2

Programs offered

  • LPN
National American University-Sioux Falls

National American University-Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$11,583

Programs offered

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

South Dakota State University - Capital University Center. Pierre

Pierre, SD
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

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