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North Dakota RN Programs

When it comes to choosing the right school and career path, there are many factors that come into play. For people who enjoy helping others and have an interest in the medical field, registered nursing may be the perfect fit. There are many RN programs in North Dakota to choose from for those interested in pursuing a registered nursing career.

There are several kinds of RN programs in North Dakota. These programs range from 2 to 4 years in length. Those who want a challenging and rewarding career should look into becoming a registered nurse.

Becoming Licensed in North Dakota by Examination

In North Dakota, one can become licensed either by examination or endorsement. North Dakota is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, which means that those who are licensed in other compact states can practice in North Dakota without additional licensure. One who resides in a compact state must be licensed in his or her home state.

In order to be eligible for licensure by examination, one must have completed a nursing program approved by the state. If the program was completed out of state, it must have been approved by that state and include a supervised clinical component on care across the lifespan that is equivalent in length to those approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

Applicants for licensure by examination must submit the appropriate application and $130 fee. The following items must be submitted with the application:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Criminal History Record Check

Applicants are granted a temporary permit that is valid up to 90 days while awaiting NCLEX results.

Becoming an RN by Endorsement in North Dakota

In order to be eligible for licensure by endorsement, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of an approved registered nursing program including a supervised clinical component on care across the lifespan
  • 400 hours of work as a nurse in the past 4 years, or completion of a nursing program or approved refresher course in the past 4 years
  • Passing score on the NCLEX or SBTPE

Applicants for licensure by endorsement must submit the following items along with the application and $160 fee:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Criminal History Record Check
  • Verification of Licensure from original and most recent state of licensure

Applicants for licensure by endorsement can also obtain a 90 day temporary permit.

Renewing an RN License

RN licenses must be renewed every 2 years in North Dakota. In order to renew, applicants must have completed at least 12 contact hours of continuing education in the previous 2 years. This requirement is waived for the first renewal if the applicant was licensed by examination in SD. An applicant who has obtained licensure by endorsement and has been licensed 12 months or less in SD prior to the renewal period need only complete 6 contact hours. Those applying for reinstatement can meet this requirement by taking a refresher course.

Applicants for renewal must also have worked as a nurse for at least 400 hours within the last 4 years (with the exception of those who graduated within the last 4 years).

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The Best RN Schools in North Dakota

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, NurseGroups.com helps North Dakota residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in "classroom" discussions and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.


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North Dakota Board of Nursing
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: (701) 328-9777
Fax: (701) 328-9785

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Other Schools with RN Programs in North Dakota

Dakota Nurse RN / PN Program - BSC
1500 Edwards Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58506
Medcenter One College of Nursing
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501
University of Mary
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504
Dakota Nurse RN / PN Program - LRSC
1801 College Drive N.
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Dickinson State University
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601
North Dakota State University
1340 Administration Ave.
Fargo, ND 58102
University of North Dakota
2901 University Ave.
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Jamestown College
6000 College Lane
Jamestown, ND 58405
Minot State University
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
North Dakota State College of Science
800 Sixth Street North
Wahpeton, ND 58076
Dakota Nurse RN / PN Program - WSC
1410 University Ave.
Williston, ND 58801

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