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LPN to RN Programs in North Dakota

The Dakota Nursing Program is a consortium of Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Dakota State College at Bottineau, and Williston State College.  This collaboration educates several hundred practical nurses and associate degree RNs yearly, preparing them to advance their degree to a bachelor's degree.  "The Dakota Nursing Program is administered by one Nursing Director and a Nursing Coordinator located at each of the four colleges along with nursing faculty and staff."

 

North Dakota Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Upon completing a degree program, nursing candidates will begin the steps toward licensure. If the steps are completed in a timely manner so that he/she will be eligible to work as a graduate nurse while the steps are being completed and the paperwork is being processed. The license application fee is $130 and can be found online. Official transcripts need to be sent to the Board. Before North Dakota can issue a 90-day work authorization, the candidate must also register for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website and pay the $200 fee. When authorization to test has been issued, the candidate can schedule the computer-based test. Candidates are required to apply for the CHRC within 60 days of graduation in order to obtain temporary work authorization. There is no limit on exam retakes however, there is additional paperwork required.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states can apply for licensure by endorsement. In addition to the application, candidates must submit a criminal background check, official transcripts, and license verification. There will be a refresher course required if the candidates is not a recent graduate and has not practiced at least 400 hours within the past four years.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who completed an education program abroad are required to have their coursework evaluated by a professional evaluation service such as CGFNS. The certificate should be submitted with the licensure for examination. A social security number is also required for licensure. Applicants from Canada need not provide a CGNFS certificate.

Total Schools: 6

Ranked Schools: 6

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.925198.50%

North Dakota State College of Science

800 N 6th St, Wahpeton, ND - 58076-0002 (701) 671-2403

North Dakota State College of Science is located in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  They offer several options for their nursing students; they offer an LPN diploma, an LPN AAS, which is designed for students who will eventually seek to obtain their ADN, and an ADN degree.

Campus: Wahpeton, ND
Net Price: $8,342.00
Enrollment: 3,168
Loan Default Rate: $12.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-10.92%
Graduation Rate: 47.30%
Median Borrowing: 10,498.00%
Median Payment: 109.61%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8485196.97%

Bismarck State College

1603 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, ND - 58506-5587 (701) 224-5400

Bismarck State College is located in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Through the Dakota Nursing Program, a collaboration of several community colleges, a standardized nursing program allows students to earn their LPN and then their RN in a stepwise fashion.  They are also eligible for bridge programs for RN to BSN/RN to MSN with neighboring universities.

Campus: Bismarck, ND
Net Price: $7,365.00
Enrollment: 4,062
Loan Default Rate: $5.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-7.46%
Graduation Rate: 40.70%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6285192.57%

Lake Region State College

1801 College Dr N, Devils Lake, ND - 58301-1598 (701) 662-1600

Lake Region State College is located in Devils Lake, North Dakota.  LRSC offers a practical program and an ADN program.  Their ADN program is open to students holding an LPN license or paramedic license; it is not a program for students new to healthcare.

Campus: Devils Lake, ND
Net Price: $8,134.00
Enrollment: 1,898
Transfer Out Rate: 22.70%
Loan Default Rate: $11.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.04%
Graduation Rate: 39.60%
Median Borrowing: 7,133.00%
Median Payment: 74.48%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4445188.89%

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

220 8th Ave. N, New Town, ND - 58763 70162712

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College is located in New Town, North Dakota.  They “…provide Quality Cultural, Academic, and Vocational Education and Services for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.”  They offer a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  They utilize a ladder program into their nursing program, where students can first become an LPN, then an ADN.  Students are eligible to enter the ADN program without being LPNs first, however.

Campus: New Town, ND
Net Price: $5,579.00
Enrollment: 203
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-16.42%
Graduation Rate: 31.00%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3965187.93%

Williston State College

1410 University Ave, Williston, ND - 58801 (701) 774-4200

Williston State College is located in Williston, North Dakota.  Their program is considered a 1+1 program, where the first year earns the student an LPN certificate and license, and the second year earns the student an RN degree.  Their program is designed under the Dakota Nursing Program.

Campus: Williston, ND
Net Price: $9,259.00
Enrollment: 909
Loan Default Rate: $7.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $31.90%
Graduation Rate: 37.30%
Median Borrowing: 8,000.00%
Median Payment: 83.53%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.167183.34%

Dakota College at Bottineau

105 Simrall Blvd, Bottineau, ND - 58318-1198 (701) 228-2277
Campus: Bottineau, ND
Net Price: $8,756.00
Enrollment: 793
Transfer Out Rate: 32.50%
Loan Default Rate: $13.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.70%
Graduation Rate: 28.30%
Median Borrowing: 7,294.00%
Median Payment: 76.16%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in North Dakota

LPN to BSN Programs in North Dakota

RN to baccalaureate nursing degrees in North Dakota generally offer a liberal arts and science foundation. The intended result is for nurses to receive a well-rounded educational base, which can help in developing nursing and leadership skills that will positively impact patients. Programs are offered online as well as in a traditional campus setting. Both programs offer a fully accredited education with full or part time schedule available for busy nurses. Programs vary in completion time. Nurses are encouraged to seek out specific information from all schools they inquire about. Most programs require clinical hours but work hard to schedule them in the student’s community.

 

North Dakota Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Upon completing a degree program, nursing candidates will begin the steps toward licensure. If the steps are completed in a timely manner so that he/she will be eligible to work as a graduate nurse while the steps are being completed and the paperwork is being processed. The license application fee is $130 and can be found online. Official transcripts need to be sent to the Board. Before North Dakota can issue a 90-day work authorization, the candidate must also register for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website and pay the $200 fee. When authorization to test has been issued, the candidate can schedule the computer-based test. Candidates are required to apply for the CHRC within 60 days of graduation in order to obtain temporary work authorization. There is no limit on exam retakes however, there is additional paperwork required.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states can apply for licensure by endorsement. In addition to the application, candidates must submit a criminal background check, official transcripts, and license verification. There will be a refresher course required if the candidates is not a recent graduate and has not practiced at least 400 hours within the past four years.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who completed an education program abroad are required to have their coursework evaluated by a professional evaluation service such as CGFNS. The certificate should be submitted with the licensure for examination. A social security number is also required for licensure. Applicants from Canada need not provide a CGNFS certificate.

Total Schools: 7

Ranked Schools: 6

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.705194.10%

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

1301 12th Avenue North, Fargo, ND - 58108-6050 (701) 231-8011

North Dakota State University is located in Fargo, North Dakota.  They offer a BSN degree with two options: a pre-professional option and a professional option.  The pre-professional option is for new students, whereas the professional option is for students who already have their RN license.

Campus: Fargo, ND
Net Price: $13,662.00
Enrollment: 11,948
Loan Default Rate: $3.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.85%
Graduation Rate: 53.10%
Median Borrowing: 20,250.00%
Median Payment: 211.43%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.62192.40%

Dickinson State University

291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND - 58601-4896 (701) 483-2507

Dickinson State University is located in Dickinson, North Dakota.  They offer an associate of applied science practical nursing (AASPN) program and a BSN program.  Unique to their program is the BSN completion program, which is actually an LPN to BSN program, designed with their LPN students in mind.

Campus: Dickinson, ND
Net Price: $9,981.00
Enrollment: 1,449
Transfer Out Rate: 30.60%
Loan Default Rate: $7.10
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.83%
Graduation Rate: 37.90%
Median Borrowing: 13,489.00%
Median Payment: 140.84%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4785189.57%

Minot State University

500 University Ave W, Minot, ND - 58707 (701) 858-3000

Minot State University is located in Minot, North Dakota.  They offer a traditional BSN program and an online BSN completion program for RNs.  The BSN completion program can be completed on a full-time basis or a part-time basis and accepts new students twice yearly.

Campus: Minot, ND
Net Price: $10,928.00
Enrollment: 3,254
Loan Default Rate: $6.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-8.21%
Graduation Rate: 37.30%
Median Borrowing: 13,681.00%
Median Payment: 142.85%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4315188.63%

University of North Dakota

264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193, Grand Forks, ND - 58202-8193 (800) 225-5863

University of North Dakota is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  They offer several options for their nursing students – a traditional BSN degree, an accelerated BSN for students with a prior bachelor’s degree and an RN to BSN track.  The RN to BSN program is utilizes “distance learning” and faculty from the nursing department will arrange for clinical experience with a facility in the student’s area.

Campus: Grand Forks, ND
Net Price: $16,114.00
Enrollment: 11,724
Loan Default Rate: $3.60
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $34.82%
Graduation Rate: 53.30%
Median Borrowing: 16,642.00%
Median Payment: 173.76%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2915185.83%

University of Jamestown

608 6th St NE, Jamestown, ND - 58405 (701) 252-3467

University of Jamestown is located in Jamestown, North Dakota.  They offer a BSN degree; they also offer the unique opportunity of traveling to Kenya, Malawi or Vietnam for part of the clinical experience.  Students may be accepted early, as early as freshman year, if they can meet certain admission criteria.

Campus: Jamestown, ND
Net Price: $16,568.00
Enrollment: 955
Transfer Out Rate: 34.80%
Loan Default Rate: $5.80
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $5.86%
Graduation Rate: 51.10%
Median Borrowing: 19,775.00%
Median Payment: 206.47%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2155184.31%

University of Mary

7500 University Dr, Bismarck, ND - 58504 (701) 255-7500
Campus: Bismarck, ND
Net Price: $15,413.00
Enrollment: 2,044
Transfer Out Rate: 22.40%
Loan Default Rate: $4.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $14.31%
Graduation Rate: 48.60%
Median Borrowing: 17,171.00%
Median Payment: 179.28%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in North Dakota

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Sanford College of Nursing N/A Bismarck, ND
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North Dakota Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Upon completing a degree program, nursing candidates will begin the steps toward licensure. If the steps are completed in a timely manner so that he/she will be eligible to work as a graduate nurse while the steps are being completed and the paperwork is being processed. The license application fee is $130 and can be found online. Official transcripts need to be sent to the Board. Before North Dakota can issue a 90-day work authorization, the candidate must also register for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website and pay the $200 fee. When authorization to test has been issued, the candidate can schedule the computer-based test. Candidates are required to apply for the CHRC within 60 days of graduation in order to obtain temporary work authorization. There is no limit on exam retakes however, there is additional paperwork required.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states can apply for licensure by endorsement. In addition to the application, candidates must submit a criminal background check, official transcripts, and license verification. There will be a refresher course required if the candidates is not a recent graduate and has not practiced at least 400 hours within the past four years.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who completed an education program abroad are required to have their coursework evaluated by a professional evaluation service such as CGFNS. The certificate should be submitted with the licensure for examination. A social security number is also required for licensure. Applicants from Canada need not provide a CGNFS certificate.

North dakota LPN Jobs by City

North Dakota Job Outlook

North Dakota has been suffering from a nursing shortage for almost five years. A lot of hospitals in North Dakota are hiring traveling nurses, which is apparent with the lack of qualified nursing personnel in the hospitals across the state. The median annual salary in the state of North Dakota is $53,300. The top end of the range is $70,000 and is dependent on the nurse’s experience, education, and practice setting. Pursuing higher education can help nurses to expand the setting in which they can practice and open up career possibilities that did not exist with an associate’s.

North Dakota Registered Nursing Salaries

Overall, the amount of registered nurses in North Dakota is on the low end. However, Fargo has the highest amount of registered nurses across the nations. It should come to no surprise that Fargo also has the highest hourly wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Bismarck, ND 2,130 $26.81 $55,520
Fargo, ND-MN 2,580 $29.24 $59,510
Grand Forks, ND-MN 1,040 $27.76 $56,930
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 420 $28.86 $56,160
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 790 $27.37 $54,020
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 730 $26.95 $55,770
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 340 $26.98 $56,090
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data