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South Dakota RN Programs

South Dakota RN Programs

Those who are looking for a rewarding and exciting career should look into South Dakota RN programs. These programs give students the skills necessary for a career as a registered nurse. Individuals enrolled in South Dakota RN programs even have the opportunity to specialize or continue education for an advanced degree. A career as a registered nurse is not only rewarding, but also offers job security in a growing industry.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in South Dakota

In South Dakota, one can apply for licensure either by examination or by endorsement. South Dakota is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact. New graduates wishing to practice in South Dakota may apply for licensure by examination in this state if one of the following conditions is met:

  • South Dakota is the individual's primary state of residence (may be granted a multi-state license).
  • The individual's primary state of residence is a non-compact state (may be granted a single state license).

In order to become licensed by examination, one must register for and pass the NCLEX-RN and submit a licensure application to the board. A Certification of Education or Official Transcripts must be submitted to the board, as well as a Criminal Background Check. Those educated in a foreign country, with exception of Canadians educated in English, must complete a CGFNS Certification Program.

Applicants may be granted a temporary permit valid for up to 90 days while awaiting NCLEX results.

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in South Dakota

Those who already hold a valid license may become licensed by endorsement. Under the Nurse Licensure Compact, an individual can hold multiple single-state licenses but only one home state multi-state license. An individual can apply for licensure by endorsement in his or her home state.

If he or she was previously licensed in a non-compact state, a permit must be granted prior to practicing in the new state. If he or she is from another compact state, the individual may continue practicing for 30 days on the previous state's privilege to practice.

An applicant for licensure by endorsement must submit the following items with his or her application to the board:

  • $100 Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Verification of Original State of Licensure
  • Employment Verification (proof of at least 140 hours in an 12 month period or at least 480 hours accumulated in the past 6 years)

Renewing an RN License

In order to renew, an RN must have practiced at least 140 hours in a 12 month period or at least 480 hours accumulated in the past 6 years.

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in South Dakota

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps South Dakota residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the South 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 discussion forums 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.

South Dakota RN Resources on

South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 South Louise Ave., Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115
Phone: (605) 362-2760
Fax: (605) 362-2768

South Dakota Nurses Association

Other SD Schools with RN Programs

Augustana College
2001 S. Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57197
Dakota Weslyan University
1200 W. University Ave.
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Mount Marty College
1105 West 8th Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
Oglala Lakota College
P.O. Box 861
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
Presentation College
1500 North Main Street
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
South Dakota State University
Box 2201
Brookings, South Dakota 57007
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069