Northern State adding nursing degree program

June 23, 2023

ABERDEEN, S.D.–Northern State University has been authorized by the South Dakota Board of Regents to start a new nursing program that will address critical workforce needs for the community, region and state.

Northern plans to develop a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program starting in fall 2024, following approval this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

The effort is driven by the Governor’s Workforce Initiative along with nursing workforce needs, which are especially crucial in rural areas. Northern estimates 25 students in the program in the fall 2024 growing each year to a total of over 150 students by fall 2028.

“Northern’s career ladder program is designed to meet critical nursing workforce needs across our region,” said Dr. Neal Schnoor, NSU President. “We look forward to offering this unique new program, which is vital to both the future of healthcare and economic development.”

“As rural healthcare demand continues to rise, Northern responded to the Governor’s workforce challenge,” said Schnoor. “We are excited to bring this opportunity to campus and are grateful for all the partners who made nursing education in Aberdeen a reality.”