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 that offers some or most of the courses online.

Nursing Program Stats

  • 11 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 7 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 3 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: North Dakota State University (#76, MSN; #38, DNP).

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate: United Tribes Technical College 61%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: University of Jamestown 41%.1
  • Highest net price: University of Jamestown $16,772.1
  • Lowest net price: Sitting Bull College $1,494.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in North Dakota with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $8,338 – $16,992.2

Keep reading to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in North Dakota and online.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in North Dakota

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit North Dakota nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the North Dakota Board of Nursing (https://www.ndbon.org/).

SchoolADN or LVN ProgramBSN ProgramGraduate Nursing ProgramACEN/CCNE Accredited*NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**Number TakingNCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***Number TakingNet Price****
Bismarck State CollegeYesNoNoACEN100%N/A93.75%N/A$9,332
Dakota College at BottineauYesNoNoNo91.67%N/A85.71%N/A$9,722
Dickinson State UniversityYesYesNoACEN3.10%N/A88.89%N/A$11,134
Lake Region State CollegeYesNoNoACEN96%N/A96.43%N/A$9,453
Mayville State UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/A$12,249
Minot State UniversityNoYesNoACENN/AN/A94.74%N/A$10,756
North Dakota State College of ScienceYesNoNoACEN100%N/AN/AN/A$10,889
North Dakota State UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A92.59%N/A$14,654
Sitting Bull State CollegeYesNoNoNo100%N/AN/AN/A$1,494
Turtle Mountain Community CollegeYesNoNoNo80%N/AN/AN/A$2,487
United Tribes Technical CollegeYesNoNoNo61.54%N/AN/AN/A$6,861
University of JamestownNoYesNoACENN/AN/A83.33%N/A$16,772
University of MaryNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A92.59%N/A$16,260
University of North DakotaNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A83.08%N/A$16,001
Williston State CollegeYesNoNoNo84.62%N/A95.45%N/A$12,765

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates are for first-time undergraduates testing during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

Schools in North Dakota with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dakota College at Bottineau maintains an associate degree nursing program that emphasizes evidence-based education and patient care. Students may complete the program on a direct entry track or on an LPN to RN track. Courses in the curriculum include Maternal Child Nursing, Health Promotion and Psych Nursing, and Alterations in Health. Students also complete clinical hours to apply and further develop classroom and lab-based learning. For admissions consideration students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all nursing prerequisites and complete pre-admissions testing. Program cohorts begin each fall. Dakota College also offers a practical nursing certification program.

North Dakota State College of Science
North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) offers an Associate in Science in Nursing degree that is structured as a second-degree program for those who already hold an associate’s degree in practical nursing. The registered nursing (RN) component of this program can be completed in one year. An Associate in Applied Science Registered Nursing program is available for students who have not previously completed an associate’s degree. Both programs prepare graduates for the NCLEX-RN exam, which is required for RN licensure. Program graduates are also prepared to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing at a four-year school. NDSCS additionally offers an Associate in Applied Science in Practical Nursing program.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

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, which begins 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

North Dakota State University
North Dakota State University confers of the Master of Science (MS) – Nurse Educator to students who successfully complete its 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. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): https://directory.ccnecommunity.org/reports/accprog.asp
6. North Dakota Board of Nursing: https://www.ndbon.org/Education/EdAnnualRpt.asp