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NDSCS offers Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing (A.A.S. degree) and Registered Nursing (LPN to RN degree). These are selective enrollment programs and applicants must meet specific criteria for selection.

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Practical Nursing (Diploma)
Practical Nursing (A.A.S. degree)

The Practical Nursing program is for students who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing or wish transfer to an associate or bachelor’s program for nursing.

  • Type: DIploma
  • Locations: Fargo, Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Health Science


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Registered Nursing (A.A.S. degree)
Registered Nursing (A.A.S. degree)

The two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Registered Nursing program is available to applicants wishing to become a Registered Nurse.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Health Science


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Registered Nursing (LPN to RN degree)
Registered Nursing (A.S.N. degree)

The Associate in Science in Nursing program is available to Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to continue their nursing education and become a Registered Nurse.

  • Type: A.A.S. in Nursing or A.S.N. degree
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Health Science


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Practical Nursing (Associate in Applied Science degree) 

The two-year curriculum awards an Associate in Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing. Graduates have excellent opportunity for immediate entry into the health profession and/or transfer to an associate or bachelor’s program in nursing.

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The Practical nursing program at North Dakota College of Science located in Wahpeton ND is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Practical nursing program at North Dakota College of Science at the Fargo campus located in Fargo ND is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Practical nursing program at North Dakota College of Science has full approval from the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON)
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504, Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 328-9777

NDSCS Practical Nursing Program Data
Year Pass Rate Placement Rate Completion Rate
2021-22 81.48% TBA 78%
2020-21 69.05% 92.5% 85%
2019-20 75% 100% 94%
2018-19 95.83% 100% 71%

Pass Rate: First time NCLEX-PN pass rate
Placement Rate: Graduates who are employed within one year of graduation. Placement Rate includes employment and continuing education data.
Completion Rate: Accepted students who attended the first day of class and graduated from the program.

Practical Nursing Program and Student Learning Outcomes

Registered Nursing (Associate in Applied Science degree) - Two-Year RN

This two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Registered Nursing program is available to applicants wishing to become a Registered Nurse. As a nursing student and graduate from NDSCS, you will have many opportunities for growth and development as a professional nurse. Employment opportunities to begin your career are immediately available in multiple areas of practice. In addition, graduates will have the opportunity for transfer to an institution to obtain your Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

ACEN Seal

The Registered nursing program at North Dakota College of Science located in Wahpeton ND is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Registered nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Registered nursing program at North Dakota College of Science has full approval from the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON)
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504, Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 328-9777

NDSCS Registered Nursing Program Data
Year Pass Rate Placement Rate Completion Rate
2021-22 81.48% TBA 78%
2020-21 69.05% 92.5% 85%
2019-20 80% 100% 94%
2018-19 100% 100% 71%

Pass Rate: First time NCLEX-RN pass rate
Placement Rate: Graduates who are employed within one year of graduation. Placement Rate includes employment and continuing education data.
Completion Rate: Accepted students who attended the first day of class and graduated from the program.

Registered Nursing Program and Student Learning Outcomes

Registered Nursing (Associate in Science in Nursing degree) - LPN to RN

This one-year program is available to licensed practical nurses with an Associate in Science in Nursing degree (ASN) who wish to continue their nursing education and become a Registered Nurse. Graduates have an excellent opportunity for immediate employment and/or transfer to a baccalaureate or masters program for nursing.

ACEN Seal

The Registered nursing program at North Dakota College of Science located in Wahpeton ND is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Registered nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Registered nursing program at North Dakota College of Science has full approval from the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON)
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504, Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 328-9777

Registered Nursing Program and Student Learning Outcomes

RN to BSN Dual Acceptance Program

NDSCS to NDSU BSN Degree Progression Options with direct admit option
Click here to learn about North Dakota State University's RN to BSN Program.

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Associate in Science in Nursing (RN) Graduates from 2022-23 Academic Year
Graduates Registered Avg. Beginning Annual Salary Reported High Annual Salary Placement Rate
19 $67659 $82555 100%
Practical Nursing Graduates from 2022-23 Academic Year
Graduates Registered Avg. Beginning Annual Salary Reported High Annual Salary Placement Rate
22 $46176 $54080 100%
Registered Nursing (ASN) Graduates from 2022-23 Academic Year
Graduates Registered Avg. Beginning Annual Salary Reported High Annual Salary Placement Rate
14 $67855 $83200 100%
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NDSCS Launches New Practical Nursing Diploma and Accelerated RN Program to Address Industry Needs and Boost Career Opportunities

08-24-2023
North Dakota State College of Science, a leading educational institution committed to providing exceptional healthcare programs, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Practical Nursing Diploma starting in the spring of 2024.

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NDSCS Nursing program graduates achieve notable success

08-02-2023
NDSCS is excited to announce that the Spring 2023 two-year Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Registered Nurse graduating cohort achieved a 100% first time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination [for] Registered Nurses).

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NDSCS Nursing Programs are Granted Continuing Accreditation

05-15-2023
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has formally granted continuing accreditation to the North Dakota State College of Science Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing programs.

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Four NDSCS students nominated for North Dakota Academic All-State Team

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01-25-2023

Four students from the North Dakota State College of Science have been nominated for the 2023 North Dakota Academic All-State Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students.

The students, listed with their program of study and their hometown, are:

  • Transfer Pathway Scholars:
    • Lauren Jones, Nursing, West Fargo, N.D.
    • Morgan Vosberg, Liberal Arts – Business Administration, Sartell, Minn.
  • Workforce Pathway Scholars:
    • Logan Mammenga, Business Management, Breckenridge, Minn.
    • Marlee Schweitzer, Dental Hygiene, Aberdeen, S.D.

The All-North Dakota Academic Team is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Coca-Cola Foundation and is comprised of scholars from each of the community colleges in the state. Workforce Pathway Scholars plan to begin their careers immediately upon graduation, and Transfer Pathway Scholars plan to continue their education at a four-year institution after completing their studies at a community college.

“It is with pride that I am able to nominate these students to the 2023 North Dakota Academic All-State Team. Through their efforts in the classroom, and in leadership roles on campus and in their communities, they have demonstrated the qualities necessary to be successful in the future,” said Jeff Hart, NDSCS Phi Theta Kappa Advisor.

The students will be recognized at an awards luncheon held at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D. Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Article written by NDSCS and submitted to external news outlets. 

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NDSCS is accepting applications for its Practical Nursing program in Fargo

09-30-2022
North Dakota State College of Science is accepting applications for students interested in enrolling in the Practical Nursing program at NDSCS-Fargo. The deadline for submitting an application and all selection criteria is October 15, 2022.

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NDSCS Registered Nursing programs receive Initial Accreditation from ACEN

05-29-2018
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has formally granted initial accreditation to the NDSCS Registered Nursing programs.

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NDSCS Practical Nursing cohort achieves 100% first-time pass rate on national exam

05-29-2018
The NDSCS Practical Nursing Southeast North Dakota cohort achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

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NDSCS Registered Nursing program to accept new students annually beginning in fall 2019

12-13-2017
The College will start a new class of Associate in Applied Science Registered Nursing (AAS RN) students every fall beginning in 2019.

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