Located where the Great Plains meet the Midwest, Sioux Falls, South Dakota is home to the spirit of the frontier and discovery. Nestled between Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota, Sioux Falls is known for its parks and trails as well as the Big Sioux River and its cascades. As the state's largest city of about 200,000 residents, Sioux Falls offers modern urban amenities with a relaxed country lifestyle. There's a big demand for nurses and other healthcare professionals across the largely rural state. Registered Nurses earn about $26 an hour in the city, according to Payscale.com, less than the national average.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry-Level ADN & BSN Programs in Sioux Falls, SD

Nursing is a rare vocation in that it changes all the time though its core – caring for and treating patients -- remains the same. Year-round enrollment options and open-door colleges and universities in Sioux Falls, SD has made entering this in-demand field a fairly simple process. From the Associate of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing to bridge LPN to RN options, there are many “correct” ways to enter or advance your career in the field of nursing.

LPN to RN Programs

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) bring to the table extensive first-hand experience about patient interaction and the larger healthcare system. There are limits to the work that LPNs can do, and those who would like to have a greater impact on their patients often choose to become fully licensed registered nurses. Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD has a bridge pathway for working LPNs who want the opportunity to work as RNs. The pathway aims to make the most of previously earned credit hours so LPNs can reach their RN objectives in less time.

ADN Programs

Begin your career as a bedside nurse in two short years when you earn your Associate of Science in Nursing. The hands-on, clinical intensive format exposes you to a range of nursing experiences you are likely to encounter in the real world nursing environment. Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offers a budget-friendly ASN program. Most courses must be completed on-site; however, a handful are offered in an online format. The accredited program prepares students to sit for and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

Nurses are the backbone of the nation’s healthcare system. Bachelor-prepared nurses have been shown to provide improved care to patients; they are sought-out by hospitals and other employers. Augustana University, a traditional liberal arts school, offers a recognized BSN that generates NCLEX pass rates that are consistently higher than both state and national averages. The nursing curriculum of the Sioux Falls, SD school covers behavior and community health, pharmacotherapeutics, child and adult health, and maternal and reproductive health.

Find out more about South Dakota Accelerated BSN Programs.

Sioux Falls RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 Sioux FallsSouth Dakota
NCLEX-RN Students Total157714
NCLEX-RN Students Passed149644
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate94.9%90.2%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Sioux Falls

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Sioux Falls based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for South Dakota out of 11 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Augustana University - #2
  • Southeast Technical Institute - #3
  • University of Sioux Falls - #1
SchoolContact Information
Augustana University
2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
(605) 274-4690
Southeast Technical Institute
  • LPN to RN Campus
  • Top Ranked South Dakota Program: #3 of 11
2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
(605) 367-7624
University of Sioux Falls
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked South Dakota Program: #1 of 11
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 331-6771

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Sioux Falls, SD

RN to BSN Programs in Sioux Falls, SD

Healthcare and medical researchers have repeatedly demonstrated that nurses with bachelor’s degrees produce improved health outcomes for patients. For this reason, it’s no surprise that RNs with the BSN distinction is in high demand. Sioux Falls, SD offers online or partially online bridge RN to BSN pathways so that RNs can boost their careers and improve patient treatment. Employer reimbursements may be available.

RN to BSN Programs

Seasoned Registered Nurses can make the most of their hands-on, clinical background by pursuing a bridge RN to BSN program. The University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, a Christian university, offers a primarily online bridge offering.  That is theory coursework is completed totally online and intensive clinicals are completed in the field, which can include the student’s place of employment. The bridge program can be completed in four semesters and it has enrollment periods three times a year.

Find out more about South Dakota RN to BSN Programs.

SchoolContact Information
University of Sioux Falls
1101 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 331-6671