North Dakota Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide is designed to provide you with essential information on the nursing programs available in the state of North Dakota. North Dakota’s colleges and universities afford students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate or a graduate degree in nursing, specializing in such areas as family nurse practitioner and nursing education. Students who prefer a more flexible, convenient alternative to earning a nursing degree may want to consider enrolling in a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing program at such online universities as the University of Phoenix.

North Dakota School Facts:

  • Six colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • Seven colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Three colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of North Dakota 54%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Dickinson State University 33%.1
  • Highest net price*: University of North Dakota $16,333.1
  • Lowest net price*: Fort Berthold Community College $4,875.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in North Dakota with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $5,920 – $17,870.2
  • No schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100.

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Keep reading where you will learn more about several of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in North Dakota and online.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in North Dakota

University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota’s four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, the largest in the state, requires students to complete general college coursework in the liberal arts in addition to a rigorous nursing curriculum, starting in the junior year. Nursing courses focus on the complex childbearing family, child health nursing theory, adult nursing care, health promotion, and assessment across the lifespan. Nursing majors will also complete mandatory practicums. Practicums typically span six weeks, earning students four credits toward the BSN. The UND College of Nursing awards scholarships to eligible nursing students, with applications due each spring.

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State University provides students, who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing, with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through the BSN completion program. Students must complete 130 credits, 64 of which are in the BSN completion program. The remaining 66 credits are generally transferred from the associate’s degree. The curriculum includes general education and nursing coursework. Nursing courses focus on nursing role transition, community health, clinical concepts, nursing research, and health assessment. Nursing majors may want to become involved on campus by joining the Nursing Students’ Association. Applications are due by February 1 of each year.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in North Dakota

North Dakota State University
North Dakota State University confers of the Master of Science (M.S.) – Nurse Educator to students who successfully complete the 42 credit program. Graduate students will complete 11 credits in core courses and an additional 31 credits in the nursing educator concentration. Core courses consist of advanced nursing research, ethics and policy, theoretical principles of the discipline, and healthcare delivery systems, financing, and informatics. Concentration-specific coursework encompasses curriculum design, teaching strategies, education evaluation, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. A thesis is mandatory. Graduate students also complete two practicums during the program. Applications are due at least one month before the start of each semester.

University of Mary
Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a nurse administrator concentration at the University of Mary. The 53-credit program is divided into core courses and family nurse practitioner specialty coursework. Core courses focus on universal nursing topics, including biomedical ethics, critique and design of research, health care law and policy, and theoretical perspectives for advanced nursing practice. Clinical practicums are mandatory with graduate nursing students required to complete a minimum of 900 hours. Successful applicants to the program must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a current registered nurse’s license.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=ND&major=nursing&sort=best