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South Dakota MSN Programs

South Dakota MSN Programs

Nursing is a highly rewarding career that individuals can pursue with varying levels of education. That being said, there are many educational opportunities that allow a nurse to advance his or her career. MSN programs in South Dakota are a great opportunity to go beyond earning the associate's or bachelor's degree that is necessary for registered nursing. Those who pursue the MSN become experts in the field, and open doors to new career opportunities.

While there are fewer MSN programs in South Dakota than in other more populous states, the internet offers access to many additional programs. Online classes allow students to get an education from home. Applicants should evaluate all options and choose that which best fits.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Though there are few MSN programs offered at traditional colleges and universities in South Dakota, this may still be best for those who prefer a classroom learning environment. Such programs allow students the chance to network and discuss coursework with fellow students. These programs can be beneficial as long as one is able to attend class at the scheduled times.

For those who are working full-time or busy with family and social lives, online MSN programs may be a better option. These programs can be completed in South Dakota, or anywhere else in the country, which also means there are more to choose from. Online MSN programs offer greater flexibility and control over one's schedule.

Capella University and Grand Canyon University are both examples of accredited online MSN program formats. Capella's program gives students the option to specialize in diabetes nursing, general nursing, gerontology nursing, nurse education, or nursing leadership and administration. The curriculum requires students to complete 56-57 credits, depending on the chosen track, as well as 500 field experience hours. The nurse educator and nursing leader and administration tracks are exempt from the field experience requirement.

Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers multiple master's degree programs in nursing, each with its own focus area. These MSN specialties include Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN with Emphasis in Health Care Informatics, and MSN with Emphasis in Nursing Education. GCU also offers post-master's certification programs for advanced practice. Depending on which track the individual chooses, he or she will be required to complete 36-53 credits and up to 650 supervised clinical hours.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are program-specific, but the following is common:

  • BSN from accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • At least one year of employment as an RN
  • TOEFL for those who did not speak English as a first language

Tuition

Tuition varies by program and is subject to change annually. Program cost for Capella University ranges from $21,000-31,875.

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Featured Accredited Online MSN Schools

Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.
Take a new step in your education with Chamberlain College of Nursing. We offer associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs in nursing, plus a doctorate in nursing practice.
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Give your career a boost with Averett University. We offer more than 30 bachelor's degree programs in a variety of liberal arts fields, plus master's degree programs in education and business.
You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7. At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities. Established in 1997, the Milken Institute SPH brings together the fields of medicine, business and education to develop professionals with the skills and knowledge to tackle complex global health challenges. 
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.  We offer online programs focused on doctoral and master’s degrees in the schools of business and technology management, education, psychology and marriage and family sciences.  
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.
Take a new step in your education with Chamberlain College of Nursing. We offer associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs in nursing, plus a doctorate in nursing practice.
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Give your career a boost with Averett University. We offer more than 30 bachelor's degree programs in a variety of liberal arts fields, plus master's degree programs in education and business.
You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7. At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities. Established in 1997, the Milken Institute SPH brings together the fields of medicine, business and education to develop professionals with the skills and knowledge to tackle complex global health challenges. 
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.  We offer online programs focused on doctoral and master’s degrees in the schools of business and technology management, education, psychology and marriage and family sciences.  
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Other SD Schools with MSN Programs

Mount Marty College
1105 West 8th Street
Yankton, SD