Preparing you for admission into any nursing program

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences


When it comes to medical professions, nursing is crucial. As a nurse, you’ll demonstrate compassion and critical thinking while taking care of your patients. Northern will help you gain those skills and more, preparing you for admission into any?school of nursing. While pre-nursing itself isn’t a major, we’ll match you with a degree program and provide required?coursework.

If you already have a bachelor's degree and want to explore a career in nursing, our?Accelerated Nursing Program?might be the right fit for you!?Through a unique partnership with South Dakota State University, we offer this one-year nursing program right here on our campus, providing another avenue for you to succeed in this vital field.




Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you are:

  • Caring and compassionate
  • Detail-oriented
  • A good problem solver and critical thinker
  • A skilled communicator with active listening skills
  • Someone who likes to work with people and help others
  • An individual with integrity
  • Someone with a desire to continue learning

As a nurse, you'll be in high demand.?Registered nursing employment in the U.S. is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. With a degree in nursing, you could work as a registered nurse, nurse anesthetist, certified nurse practitioner, respiratory therapist or even as a teacher.

Beyond the traditional hospital or clinic?setting, nurses are needed in countless areas, including:

  • Schools
  • Military units
  • Home healthcare services
  • Nursing care facilities

At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more!


The NSU?WolfPACT?is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities!

Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-nursing program often major in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality.?Learn more!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts -?while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art?Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit.?Learn more!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:

Pre-Nursing Faculty Advisor:?Dr. Amy Dolan, 605-626-2620 or?

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

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