South Dakota DNP Programs

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South Dakota DNP Programs

Becoming a nurse is no longer as straightforward as simply earning a Bachelor's or Master's degree in nursing. The healthcare industry overall is growing in complexity. Nurses can choose to specialize in any number of different pathways or tracks during the university years, and can even go on to earn a doctoral degree for an added level of responsibility and depth of knowledge. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in South Dakota is a product of this need for greater knowledge. With a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, it is possible to open up new career opportunities.

Admission Requirements

South Dakota State University offers the only DNP program in the state of South Dakota. This school offers options for individuals who have obtained a BSN degree, and for those who have an MSN degree.

To be admitted to the program with a BSN degree, an individual must:

  • Hold a current RN licensure
  • Have graduated with at least a 3.3 GPA
  • Have passed approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years
  • Have at least 1,500 hours experience as a registered nurse
  • Submit an application
  • Submit a written response to questions about educational goals, scholarly practice interests, and desired practice career
  • Interview with faculty
  • Complete a test for English proficiency within the 2 years preceding the application if English is not the applicant's first language

To be admitted to the program with a MSN degree, an individual must:

  • Hold a current RN licensure
  • Have graduated with at least a 3.3 GPA
  • Be certified as a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Submit an application
  • Submit a written response to questions about educational goals, scholarly practice interests, and desired practice career
  • Interview with faculty
  • Have passed approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years
  • Individuals who attend this program have the choice of the following specializations:

    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

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South Dakota State University
Box 2201
Brookings, SD 57007

South Dakota Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (SD)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most South Dakota DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

South Dakota DNP Degree Prerequisites

In South Dakota, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your South Dakota educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the South Dakota Board of Nursing to find out more about how South Dakota recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one South Dakota schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for South Dakota Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in South Dakota, more and more South Dakota higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in South Dakota to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, South Dakota nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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