Feb 28, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing (R.N.-B.S.N.)

98 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

A.S. in Nursing Credits (35 hours)

35 hours from Associate of Science in Nursing

University Specified General Education requirements (9 hours)

  • Arts and Humanities fulfilling SGR Goal #4  (6 cr.)
    • 3 credit hours must be in Arts and 3 credit hours must be in Humanities.
  • Mathematics SGR Goal #5  (3 cr.)

Electives (13 hours)

Electives 13 credit hours


*Minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken from USD.

*Minimum of 32 credit hours must be 300 or 400 level courses.

*Maximum of 90 transfer credit hours may be applied to the degree. Graduates from programs other than USD will be required to have an official review of transcripts to determine transfer credits granted.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate leadership and communication (written, verbal, nonverbal and technological) skills to effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of Interprofessional team.
  2. Relate how policies, finance and regulatory environments shape responses to organizational, local, national, and global issues of equity, access, affordability and social justice in health care.
  3. Collaborate with other health care professionals for improving health through clinical prevention in national, international and global societies.
  4. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, Interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care.
  5. Manage holistic, safe patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of the arts and sciences in the nursing and medical management across the lifespan for individuals and populations in all health care settings.
  6. Demonstrate accountability for individual actions and behaviors, including civility, professional engagement, practice and lifelong learning.
  7. Students will intentionally engage with diversity in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions leading to opportunities for equal access to participation in educational and community programs for all members of society.
  8. Students will connect ideas and experiences in order to synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus. 
  9. Students will interact with other students and evaluate the effort put into team tasks, interactions with others, and the quantity and quality made to team discussions.
  10. Students will design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.
  11. Students will be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.
  12. Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The University of South Dakota as of July 1, 2020, cannot confirm whether any particular course or program meets educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, contact the academic department offering your major or CDE at 605.658.6152 or by email at cde@usd.edu. USD is working to comply with these requirements and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage below.

Information about State Authorization & Professional Licensure