Nursing Schools in South Dakota

There are 16 nursing schools in South Dakota. This year, we evaluated 14 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system 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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Oglala Lakota College
Kyle, SD
Oglala Lakota College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$306

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Southeast Technical Institute
Sioux Falls, SD
Southeast Technical Institute
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,541
NCLEX-RN Pass rate81.7%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate92.7%

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,937

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
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$18,204

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,871

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,948

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Mount Marty College
Yankton, SD
Mount Marty College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,986
NCLEX-RN Pass rate67.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate79.8%

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$15,428

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
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$16,647

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Presentation College
Aberdeen, SD
Presentation College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,332

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Sisseton Wahpeton College
Sisseton, SD
Sisseton Wahpeton College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,743
NCLEX-PN Pass rate68.6%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Lake Area Technical Institute
Watertown, SD
Lake Area Technical Institute
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,536
NCLEX-PN Pass rate89.6%

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$11,807
NCLEX-PN Pass rate66.6%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Western Dakota Technical Institute
Rapid City, SD
Western Dakota Technical Institute
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$13,114
NCLEX-PN Pass rate67.0%

Programs offered

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

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