Nursing Programs in South Dakota

Prospective nursing students in South Dakota have a total of 10 accredited schools to choose from, and these schools are spread relatively evenly throughout the state, which improves the chances that a suitable program is near you

Transitional Programs in SD

Nurses who want to become ADN-certified RNs or even achieve their BSN have several options in South Dakota, and perhaps because of the size of the state, many of these programs have online components.

University of South Dakota, for example, has four campuses throughout the state for people to take their in-class curriculum components, but most of their programs also have an e-learning component as well, which cuts down on travel time. Most of the LPN-to-RN programs in South Dakota also allow nurses to continue on to their BSN if they want, which will improve their job prospects.

Graduate Programs for Nurses

The graduate nursing programs in South Dakota are perfectly geared toward the state’s areas of highest employment, which is fortunate for nursing students in the state. In fact, with nurse anesthesia being such an incredibly successful profession in the state, the master’s of nurse anesthesia program available at Mount Marty College in Yankton should be on every potential graduate student’s list,

The most notable universities in the state for graduate programs are Mount Marty College and South Dakota State University — with the former offering the majority of online classes in the state and the latter offering most of the in-class opportunities.

 Job Outlook for Nursing Students in South Dakota

South Dakota’s overall job market is in a state of great health — better than most in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the unemployment rate to be 4.3%, which rivals the lowest states in the nation. The trends also show that it is still slowly declining over the last year.

In addition to this great news, there are also clues that South Dakota’s nursing industry is benefiting in much the same way that the nursing field has benefited in other rural areas.

The trend is that the nursing field usually experiences a high concentration of jobs in rural areas compared to the rest of the country, and thankfully for South Dakota nursing students, it holds true in this state as well.

Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are both employed at much higher rates than in other parts of the country, which will help any South Dakota nursing students who are pursuing ASNs or BSNs. But the real benefit of working in a rural area is that these under-served communities usually have an incredibly high demand for MSN-prepared nurses.

Nurse anesthetists, for example, are employed at almost 3 times the rate they usually are, which makes South Dakota a great area for nurses who have pursued their graduate education.

Licensing for Nurses in South Dakota

Like in other states, nurses in South Dakota must have a degree from an accredited institution and must also pass their NCLEX exams before getting a license. South Dakota enforces no other licensing requirements.

Income Data for Nurses in South Dakota

Data from BLS 2012 10th Percentile 50th Percentile 90th Percentile
Nursing Instructors and Teachers
Employment: 210
LQ: 1.20
$42,580 $58,760 $89,240
Registered Nurses
Employment: 11,030
LQ: 1.37
$39,840 $50,420 $71,710
Nurse Anesthetists
Employment: 290
LQ: 2.75
$130,060 $165,210 – *
Nurse Practitioners
Employment: 350
LQ: 1.08
$69,500 $88,200 $112,700
LPN / LVNs
Employment: 2,100
LQ: 0.95
$26,410 $34,160 $43,520

* Double dashes (–) indicate data not available.

Nursing Programs in Oregon

Oregon’s nurses look out on a veritable land of opportunity in employment, including some of the most well-paid positions in the country. The state has set specific goals for increasing the number of nurses it employs, and they’re starting at a respectable 33,000 registered nurses already.

Associate’s degrees are extremely easy to pursue in Oregon, as more than a dozen schools in the region offer some kind of program, which is far more than many other states in the country. Prospective students won’t need to travel far to attend classes for their associate’s degree.

Schools that offer BSN programs are similarly plentiful, although those trying to pursue a nursing as a second degree will only find two schools with accelerated BSN programs, and one program that offers an accelerated MSN degree.

Traditional master’s level nursing students, though, will have a lot of opportunities in Oregon, both for education and for employment. Portland itself offers two schools with well-respected master’s programs, and both now offer doctorates, which are not extremely easy to find in nursing.

Another one of the benefits of nursing in Oregon is the unusually thorough and helpful work of the Oregon State Board of Nursing, which has a website full of information for nurses of all levels – from those beginning practice to experienced nurses looking for further career information.

The OSBN has even published several booklets that lay out relevant information for nurses in the state, such as licensing expectations and the state’s “scope of practice” for nurses, which outlines the expectations and responsibilities of nurses in the state.

Other helpful organizations in the state include the Oregon Center for Nursing, a nonprofit dedicated promoting and developing a robust workforce in the state.

Job Outlook for Nurses in Oregon

Although Oregon hasn’t reached its goals on nursing employment growth, and it’s even a bit behind schedule, Oregon is committed to fostering further growth in the nursing industry, which is not only reassuring but an unheard-of blessing for most other industries. Nurses are also well paid in Oregon, with the average salary hitting $77,220 – a solid margin above the national average.

Nurse practitioners have particularly good prospects in Oregon, as a solid 46% of the current 1,900 licensed nurse practitioners are over age 55. What this means is that over the next few years, many of them will be retiring, which will create hiring gaps that need to be filled. Nurse practitioners also have slightly more freedom in Oregon than in other states, as they can prescribe medication without a collaborate practice agreement with a physician.

Average Salaries for Nurses in Oregon

Nursing salaries in Oregon are among the best in the country, with Portland-area nurses earning even more than nurses in rural parts of the state. Browse below for a table of average salaries for different types of nurses, as well as regional difference information from within the state.

Data from BLS 2011 10th Percentile 50th Percentile 90th Percentile
Registered Nurses (Statewide) $55,580.00 $77,690.00 $96,020.00
Registered Nurses (Medford) $61,380.00 $79,240.00 $93,720.00
Registered Nurses (Eastern Oregon Non-Metropolitan Area) $49,920.00 $66,650.00 $90,240.00
LPNs (Statewide) $36,060.00 $46,740.00 $58,200.00
LPNs (Medford) $34,360.00 $47,130.00 $57,980.00
LPNs (Eastern Oregon Non-Metropolitan Area) $32,020.00 $39,300.00 $46,910.00

Nurse Licensing in Oregon

Licensing in Oregon is the same as in other states in that all nurses must pass the NCLEX.

But prospective nursing students in Oregon can get a leg up by checking with the OSBN’s website, which has a catalog of all the states nursing programs and their various pass rates for the NCLEX.

Nursing Programs in South Carolina

Nurses and nursing students in South Carolina are privileged to have many advantages that nurses in other states don’t have, which is just one reason why South Carolina is an excellent state in which to pursue a career in nursing.

The Student Nurses Association of South Carolina, for example, is an organization that collects information on awards and scholarships for South Carolina nurses, making it easier for these students to attend school without going into debt. In addition to outside scholarships, many South Carolina employers might offer some kind of tuition reimbursement.

Transition Programs and Placement Assistance

Several technical colleges spread throughout the state of South Carolina offer nursing programs of some kind, many of which are geared toward leading LPNs down the path toward having an ADN or BSN. These programs often offer advanced placement testing to help students save money on unnecessary classes, as well as flexible hybrid curricula involving both online and in-person learning. South Carolina State University is also a school that offers an excellent LPN-to-BSN program.

Graduate Nursing Programs in South Carolina

An MSN is truly the best way for a nurse or nursing to ensure themselves a fulfilling, long-lasting, stable career. Many advanced nursing fields are projected to do nothing but grow in the next few years, especially as our population gets older and other nurses start to retire.

Some standout schools in South Carolina — among several that offer excellent programs — are University of South Carolina, which offers a variety of nursing graduate tracks that few schools can rival, and Clemson, which offers a gerontological nursing diploma that’s sure to come in handy with the state’s elderly population.

South Carolina Job Outlook for Nurses

South Carolina’s unemployment rate is still at recession-like highs, but the nursing sector shows some strong signs of resilience. The good news is that nursing jobs are at least as well represented in South Carolina, proportionally, as they are in other states, according to the BLS.

One extremely positive aspect of South Carolina’s job outlook is the prospects that it offers to nurse anesthetists. This advanced degree is only available to those who’ve put in their hours and really earned it, but the payoffs are great, especially in South Carolina.

This state offers higher than average income for nurse anesthetists compared to the rest of the country, yet has a lower cost of living than many other areas. Nurse anesthetist jobs are also more widely available than they are in many other areas, as indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics assigning the state a high location quotient of 1.28 for nurse anesthetists.

In fact, although it’s harder to gain employment in South Carolina, the jobs that are available are extremely lucrative compared to the state’s cost of living.

Income and Employment Data for Nursing-Related Fields in South Carolina

Data from BLS 2012 10th Percentile 50th Percentile 90th Percentile
Nursing Instructors and Teachers
Employment: 980
LQ: 1.26
$41,650 $65,760 $88,110
Registered Nurses
Employment: 41,870
LQ: 1.15
$40,150 $57,730 $75,960
Nurse Anesthetists
Employment: 610
LQ: 1.28
$82,340 $157,720 – *
Nurse Practitioners
Employment: 1,250
LQ: 0.86
$61,710 $86,130 $117,380
LPN / LVNs
Employment: 9,540
LQ: 0.96
$28,600 $39,180 $48,690
Nursing Assistants
Employment: 18,320
LQ: 0,94
$16,610 $21,380 $28,620

* Double dashes (–) indicate data not available.