Licensed Nursing Education


WHAT: An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) for licensed practical nurses who meet specific criteria. Courses are offered online; clinicals are held in or near Watertown, SD. The degree is awarded by The University of South Dakota.


  • Offered on a part-time basis to allow staff to work, earn and learn
  • Courses are offered on-line

RECOGNITION/ACCREDITATION: The Department of Nursing has been awarded continuing accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

Since 2004, The University of South Dakota (USD) Department of Nursing has been designated by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

COST ESTIMATES: Tuition and fees are approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents effective each May.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Click here for application procedure.

SCHOLARSHIP/LOANS: Employees are encouraged to visit with their center administrator about financial assistance that may be available through local resources or the Hoeger Scholarship and Loan Program. Some states may offer scholarship/grant or loan assistance through the state Board of Nursing or another state government agency. Select "Scholarship Opportunities" from the menu at the left to learn more.

Contact the Center For Solutions (CFS) at (internal email address only) or call CFS at (877) 447-7237 for an online listing of external nursing scholarship resources

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES: A variety of resources for students is available at the following:
USD Continuing Education website. Resources include advising, bookstore, business office, computer support, and academic preparation such as, "Tips for Online Learning Success."

ADVISOR: Please contact Michele Seaton-Bertsch at or
(605) 882-5284, Ext. 282.