NSU Authorized by South Dakota Board of Regents to Address Critical Workforce Needs in the Region with New Nursing Program

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Press Release) – 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.

This new program will provide students a pathway to becoming a registered nurse, with career ladder steps along the way.

“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.”

Through Northern’s program, students will receive excellent clinical experiences in various areas of healthcare, such as long-term care, mental health, obstetrics, emergency care, oncology, orthopedics and cardiology. Students will benefit from the university’s partnerships with Avera Health and Sanford Health.

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 initial fall 2024 cohort, growing each year to a total of over 150 students by fall 2028.

“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.”

Northern will seek approval from the South Dakota Board of Nursing and accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Higher Learning Commission to launch its new nursing program.

For more information about this press release, please contact Chad Hatzenbuhler, Director of Communications and Marketing at chad.hatzenbuhler@northern.edu.