Nursing Schools in South Dakota

The state of South Dakota is home to 16 nursing schools. This year (2018) we evaluated 14 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best in South Dakota.

NursingExplorer ranking system is statistical. We use the following factors when evaluating schools: NCLEX pass rates, programmatic and institutional accreditations. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Best LPN Programs in South Dakota


Complete List of Nursing Schools in South Dakota

Listed below are all nursing schools in South Dakota. Please use the sort feature to view which schools have top RN and LPN programs along with their corresponding average NCLEX pass rates. Click on each school's name to view more detail about the school.

There are a total of 16 nursing schools in the state of South Dakota.

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Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate89.1%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$19,974

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.9%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,502

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate83.5%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,316

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

Mitchell, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate81.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,033

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate81.2%
NCLEX PN Passrate93.1%
Cost per annum$11,818

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate80.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,421

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
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Mount Marty College

Yankton, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate67.1%
NCLEX PN Passrate75.3%
Cost per annum$20,894

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate63.5%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$1,343

Programs offered

  • ADN

Presentation College

Aberdeen, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate47.1%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,019

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN

National American University-Rapid City

Rapid City, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate43.1%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$17,632

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • ADN

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate89.1%
Cost per annum$11,216

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate67.9%
Cost per annum$11,631

Programs offered

  • LPN

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate67.5%
Cost per annum$6,939

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate61.0%
Cost per annum$12,271

Programs offered

  • LPN

National American University-Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$11,057

Programs offered

  • BSN

South Dakota State University - Capital University Center. Pierre

Pierre, SD
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

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