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South Dakota DNP Programs

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

    Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online DNP Schools

Other SD Schools with DNP Programs

South Dakota State University
Box 2201
Brookings, South Dakota 57007