RN to BSN in North Dakota

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Dakota employs nurses at a markedly higher rate than the rest of the country. The mean hourly wage paid to these nurses is slightly less than the national average, but North Dakota’s low unemployment rates and competitive consumer price index make it an attractive place to live and work.

Registered nurses in this state can advance their careers in healthcare by returning to school for a BSN degree, opening doors in the workplace or leading to further specialized education. Below, we’ve summarized the accredited RN-to-BSN programs in North Dakota.

RN-to-BSN Programs in North Dakota

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of North Dakota’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Dickinson State University

$ 2,445 per semester in state
$ 3,668 per semester out of state

Application Deadlines

February 1st

  • RNs admitted to this program can earn their BSN in 36 credit hours.
  • DSU’s nursing program accepts students from its pre-licensing associate degree program, as well as diploma-prepared nurses and nurses with an associate degree from an accredited community college.
  • Enrollment in this program is limited to 32 students.
Campus 291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601-4896

Minot State University

$ 261 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 1st and October 1st

  • A clinical experience is required in this program, and can be arranged at an approved facility convenient to the student’s home.
  • Full-time students can generally complete the 21-hour core program within 18 months; part-time study is also an option.
  • At least 30 credit hours of courses must be taken at MSU to qualify for a baccalaureate degree.
Online 500 University Ave W
Minot, ND 58707

University of Jamestown

$ 425 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 30th

  • Though all classes are online, clinical experience requirements are expected to be met at approved facilities located near the student’s home.
  • After prerequisites are met, this program’s nursing core consists of six courses totaling 23 credit hours.
  • Graduates of this nursing program enjoy a 100% job placement rate after degree completion.
  • All applicants must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Online 608 6th St NE
Jamestown, ND 58405

University of Mary

$ 300 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The core nursing curriculum is composed of nine upper-division nursing courses totaling 30 credit hours.
  • University of Mary is a private Catholic university, educating its students to practice nursing with a Benedictine mindset.
  • There is no practicum experience required in this program.
Online 7500 University Dr
Bismarck, ND 58504

University of North Dakota

$ 332 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 1st

  • This program is designed for full-time students to complete the 31-hour program in 12 months. Part-time students can earn the degree in 24 months.
  • A clinical experience requirement is expected to be conducted at an approved facility convenient to the student’s residence.
  • Cohorts begin in the fall of each year.
Online 264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Please contact the RN to BSN program in North Dakota that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in North Dakota that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, North Dakota has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which North Dakota is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of North Dakota RN’s with a BSN?

No specific plans announced.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

No specific plans announced.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC hosts a statewide leadership summit and is developing targeted leadership programs for nurses.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

No specific plans announced.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

No specific plans announced.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The AC works to build and maintain interprofessional partnerships, such as the the North Dakota Area Health Education Center, which is a collaboration between medical and nursing across different universities and health care facilities.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

Through several grant programs, the AC helps provide ladder and mentoring programs for Native American nursing students in the state.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

Through the North Dakota Nursing Needs Study, the AC helped provide comprehensive info on nursing supply, demand and education over the last ten years.

Contact Info

Cheryl Kalberer

Emerging Leaders Academy, University of Mary

Patricia Moulton

Executive Director
North Dakota Center for Nursing

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the North Dakota Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

North Dakota Licensing

North Dakota is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: " The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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