Delivery Method: On Campus / Satellite Sites
Program Begins: Fall Only

Program Description

The Nursing Program is a 1 + 1, Practical Nurse Certificate to Associate Degree Nurse (RN) Program. The program is part of the Dakota Nursing Program, a collaborative effort between Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College, and Williston State College. 

Classroom education is delivered by instructors on campus and from other colleges within the consortium through the Interactive Video Network (IVN) system. Some courses/components will be offered in an online format. Laboratory and simulation practice occurs at each location. Clinical opportunities are arranged locally.

This program is also offered at North Dakota satellite site locations in Hazen, Harvey, Garrison, Ashley, and Hettinger.


A strong science background is recommended with high school preparation in the biological sciences, especially anatomy and physiology, mathematics (at least Algebra II), and Certified Nursing Assistant training.

Program Requirements

See Practical Nursing Program or Associate Degree Program Prerequisites.

US Dept of Labor, Veterans Priority

This program receives funding from the U.S. Department of Labor; therefore, veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service over non-covered persons. (20 CFR 1010)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of nursing programs are in high demand in North Dakota and throughout the United States. The Nursing Program prepares an individual to practice nursing independently, inter-dependently, and safely to individuals in a variety of settings.

Career Possibilities for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs): Clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and acute care centers.

Career Possibilities for Registered Nurses (RNs): Hospital acute care settings, long-term care facilities, clinics, outpatient offices, health care industry, community and public agencies.