Nursing (Accelerated)

Want a fast track into nursing, where you'll bring your desire to help and heal to the dynamic, growing healthcare industry? If you've earned a bachelor's degree in ANY field, Northern and South Dakota State University can get you into nursing in just 1 year.

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Nursing (Accelerated)

The Accelerated Nursing Program is for people who have completed a bachelor's degree and wish to obtain a bachelor of science degree in nursing. With this degree, you'll learn to provide high-quality care as a professional nurse. You'll be prepared to work in a variety of settings, helping people with complex medical issues. Classes and labs will be held on campus at Northern, while clinicals will be completed in Aberdeen at Sanford Hospital, Avera St. Luke's, or surrounding community hospitals. Selected intensive experiences will take place in other South Dakota communities.

Program Timeline

  • March        Application period opens
  • June 1       Priority deadline
  • July           Qualified candidate interviews
  • August      Decision period
  • January     Program begins


Northern graduates are now eligible for guaranteed acceptance into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program offered at Northern through South Dakota State University!

Requirements include: 

  • Successful completion of a bachelor's degree at Northern, 
  • Successful completion of pre-requisite courses, 
  • Maintenance of grade point average of 3.0 overall and 2.8 in pre-requisite courses, and 
  • A "C" or higher in pre-requisite courses

The  guaranteed admission agreement between Northern and SDSU was recently approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Please see SDSU Accelerated B.S.N. Program - Aberdeen for details. 

For assistance and answers, contact advisor Sara Olson

Cooperation, Accreditation

South Dakota State University’s Accelerated Nursing Program is offered in cooperation with and on the campus of Northern State University. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

To Apply

Find application requirements, FAQs, curriculum and more at SDSU Accelerated Option: Aberdeen.

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