From dinosaur bones to high technology, South Dakota spans the ages to bring something of interest to just about anyone. Nurses, especially, can find educational and career opportunities in places such as Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Nurses who seek smaller schools and rural nursing possibilities are abundant, with small towns scattered throughout this state. Travel nurses, triage nurses and emergency care nurses are needed in South Dakota, as well as researchers, physical therapists and technicians.

Becoming a Nurse in South Dakota

South Dakota State University offers nurses a BSN or MSN in nursing. Located in Brookings, this university is located due north of Sioux Falls. Presentation College offers an associate degree and the BSN in programs such as adult care, anatomy, family care and physiology. Nurses also can study for their LPN/LVN and RN licenses here. Other associate degree opportunities include University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, and Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.

Nursing Jobs in South Dakota

An LPN in South Dakota can average between $24,000 and $48,000 per year, and RNs can earn between $45,000 and $101,000 per year. Salaries are based upon the nurse’s experience and degree earned, and the job offered and location. For instance, the RN hospice worker in Fargo can earn approximately $63,000 per year, and that same nurse in Aberdeen can earn about $57,000 per year. Some of the largest health care employers in this state include Sioux Valley Hospitals in Sioux Falls, Rapid City Regional Hospital, and Avera. The latter employer provides services at the Avera Central Office in Sioux Falls and its four largest hospitals, or regional centers: Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen; Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell; Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls; and Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton.

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Top 10 Online Nursing Schools

University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix — BSN, MSN, and Certificate. The University of Phoenix is the nation's largest online university and currently offers several nursing programs at three different degree levels, based on previous nursing education and experience.

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Kaplan University
Kaplan University — Bachelor's, and Master's Nursing Degrees. Kaplan's School of Nursing offers specializations for nurse administrators and nurse educators.

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Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University — BS in Nursing (BSN) and MBA/MS in Nursing. Grand Canyon University offers a unique MBA/MS in nursing degree program that teaches students about the business aspect of healthcare, specifically nursing healthcare. Current nurses who want more business experience will find this may be an ideal fit.

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Liberty University
Liberty University — RN to BSN Degree and MSN Degree. The Department of Nursing at Liberty prepares students for baccalaureate level nursing, putting strong emphasis on Christian ethical standards and viewing nursing as a ministry of caring.

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Walden University
Walden University — M.S. in Nursing (RN Track), M.S in Nursing (BSN Track). Walden offers a wide variety of nursing degrees and certificates that are all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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