Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Offered at Aberdeen and Fairmont Campuses

Presentation College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is a four-year program that combines liberal arts and a science foundation with an extensive range of nursing courses. The program prepares students to provide nursing care in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, long-term care, clinics, and health care/community agencies.

Students gain experience in diverse settings such as nursing labs, rural hospitals, community agencies, and schools. After earning the B.S., students are eligible to take the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX).

Why a four-year nursing degree?

A four-year education helps nurses navigate the increasingly complex medical field. In its report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of all nurses have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree by 2020.  A four-year degree is also the foundation for the advanced education needed for advanced practice positions (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist) and other advanced nursing roles (administrator, educator, or researcher).


To be a nurse is a calling.

Those who enter the field are driven by compassion and desire to offer the best possible care to those in need. The nursing program at Presentation is characterized by a strong reputation and legacy for educating and training exceptional nurses who positively impact lives throughout South Dakota and beyond.

What sets us apart?

The Experience

The nursing program delivers a broad base of knowledge—which includes the study of behavioral sciences and humanities—to reflect the variety of roles served by nurses in the 21st century. Students are partnered with a faculty coach in the second year, and we use very few adjunct faculty when compared to most other nursing programs. In fact, 25 percent of our faculty have earned their doctorate. And at Presentation, there is no waiting list for admission into the nursing program, offering a distinctive level of accessibility to a high-quality program for students who qualify.


The Opportunities

As a student in the nursing program, you’ll benefit from our strong reputation and the valuable connections and relationships we’ve built with the region’s top hospitals and health care organizations, including Avera. This significantly eases the burden of finding top clinical placement sites, which for most other schools is a highly competitive process. Students begin their clinical training early, in just the second year. And with facilities like our cadaver lab—a distinctive offering for such a small college—you’ll gain outstanding hands-on learning opportunities.


The Results

For graduates of our nursing program, the reputation of Presentation at hospitals and health clinics throughout the region truly precedes them. The well-rounded nature of our curriculum and Presentation’s emphasis on service and service learning combine to produce skilled, caring, compassionate nurses. Our program has achieved ACEN and CCNE accreditations, and our graduates achieve excellent NCLEX-RN pass rates.

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