NDSU School of Nursing listed among nation's top nursing schools

North Dakota State University’s School of Nursing has been named one of the nation’s top nursing schools by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com.

In the comparison of programs across the U.S., NDSU’s School of Nursing in Fargo, together with NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck, are listed as:

#8 overall in the Plains region, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota

#40 among public nursing schools 

#78 nursing school in the U.S. among more than 3,000 (only 3 percent made Top 100 including NDSU)

The listing places NDSU’s School of Nursing in the top 100 nursing schools in the country, among the top 40 public nursing schools in the U.S., and in the top 8 schools in the Plains states.

Criteria for the NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com listing included:

·       Breadth and depth of nursing programs offered

·       Student success, particularly on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination for the licensing of nurses in the U.S.) and

·       Perceived value and academic prestige of institution

“The combination of nursing faculty, clinical instructors, outstanding students, and the clinical sites and preceptors who help educate students contribute to an exceptional nursing program,” said Dr. Carla Gross, associate dean of NDSU’s School of Nursing and Fargo site chair. “We continue to be committed to responding to meet the state’s crucial need for health care professionals.”

Residents in central and western North Dakota also are served through the NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck. “Our faculty, staff and health institutions work together to educate highly-qualified nurses through a nationally-accredited, affordable program to meet the state’s needs for health care professionals,” said Wendy Kopp, chair of NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Programs in NDSU’s School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions include:

  • Pre-licensure bachelor’s of science in nursing
  • Online blended licensed practical nurse to bachelor's of science in nursing
  • Doctor of nursing practice/family nurse practitioner
  • Online blended registered nurse to bachelor's of science in nursing program, and
  • An educational model where students in nursing, pharmacy, dietetics, and social work collaborate as an interprofessional team to ultimately improve the quality of health care

"We're dedicated to providing an exceptional education for our students," said Charles D. Peterson, dean of the College of Health Professions. "This national ranking, as well as our online nursing programs being named among the best in the nation, recognizes that investment in future nurses."

There are 4,030 total projected openings for registered nurses in North Dakota through 2024, according to a Job Service North Dakota Labor Market Information Center report. www.ndworkforceintelligence.com/admin/gsipub/htmlarea/uploads/lmi_LTproj2024.pdf

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