A.S. in Nursing

Rapid City

Do you feel the calling to be a nurse? South Dakota needs you! Enroll now in Dakota Wesleyan University's new Associate Registered Nurse program in Rapid City and start making a difference today. 


What kinds of jobs and specialties await you when you earn your A.S. degree? 

Hospital nurse

Clinical nurse

Long-term care nurse

Speciality practice nurse
School or community nurse
Care, compassion and community are all part of a DWU nursing degree.

What’s the Difference at DWU?

  • You will graduate with an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (A.S.) in just 24 months.
  • Incredible job placement opportunities. Organizations want you! 
  • Your learning will include online class time and simulation-based lessons at our new Rapid City nursing site.  
  • DWU nursing graduates have a high pass rate with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After you graduate, you will be ready for the exam.  

The new Dakota Wesleyan University A.S. Nursing program has been approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing, 4305 S. Louise Ave., Suite 201, Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115605-362-2760.

Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission to the A.S. Nursing Program is contingent upon completing the following requirements:

  1.  Transcripts 
    • An official copy of your high school transcript, including class rank and cumulative grade point average.
    • An official copy of any previous college transcript(s). If coursework is still in progress, attach a current transcript that documents all of the courses in progress from that institution. 
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or above is required. 
Post-Admission Requirements

All costs associated with the following requirements are the student’s responsibility. 

  1. Immunizations and Immunization Records
    • Immunizations and immunization records are required prior to participating in clinical rotations. These include (2) MMR or titers proving immunity, Hepatitis B series & Hepatitis B Titer (Hep B Surface Antibody), Tdap vaccinations, Varicella vaccination, annual Tuberculosis testing (QuantiFERON TB Blood Test is required), and an annual influenza vaccination. Covid-19 vaccinations are per guidelines/requirements of clinical facilities.
  2. Physical Evaluation
  3. CPR Certification and Renewal
    • Incoming nursing students must be CPR certified. The American Heart Association course, HeartCode® BLS (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR) is required. BLS must have a hands-on training component.
  4. Criminal Background Check
    • Department of Nursing requires criminal Background checks on all incoming, accepted nursing students. Background checks are completed before taking the first nursing course and before beginning clinical rotations in a health care agency. Instructions will be provided to you upon acceptance.

Classes start August 2024!


You can do this.

Our nursing programs are among the best in the region. That's because nursing students work together closely to create a community of support, not just with peers, but also with faculty and staff. You will find the classwork, clinical work and study support to help you achieve your dream of becoming a nurse. 

Want more information? Let's connect!

Online and In-Person

You get the best of both worlds. Your classroom simulations will be mixed with online courses. Courses will include topics like anatomy, chemistry, leadership, managment, medical terminology, nutrition, psychology and even philosopy and ethics. A total of 72 credits are required for graduation. 

The DWU Difference

"DWU provides a very personalized education. Professors know you by name and know who you are. You're a person here, not just a student. My most memorable experiences include the lectures, simulations and clinical experiences with classmates who have become some of my best friends."

- Hope Bartmann '23


Get to Know Your Contacts

You will be supported every step of the way. If you have questions, simply connect with us! 

Devin Constant, M.S.N., RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Megan Sarne

Admissions Counselor

Penny Tilton, DNP, M.S.N., RN

Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing | Administrative Chair of Nursing

Rachel Giblin

Associate Director of Admissions

The Experience

Clinical experience is critical to your career. We have included clinical opportunities in almost every semester. With clinical hours, you can practice your skills as you learn them. 

The A.S. curriculum is designed to develop knowledged-base, leadership and management of care skills needed for a registered nurse (RN) in the current healthcare practice setting.

A.S. Program Costs

Program Tuition: $375/Credit Hour 

Nursing Credits (72): $27,000 

Nursing Clinical Fee: $1,800 


Other anticipated expenses (estimated and subject to change):  
  • Background check: $87 | You must complete a background check within 30 days of the start of the first nursing course. The cost of the background check is your responsibility.  
  • Uniform: $40 | You are responsible for the purchase of one royal blue scrub uniform. This is an approximate cost. 
  • Nursing Textbooks: Approx. $1,379 | This includes the cost of nursing textbooks for the entirety of the program.
  • Other Textbooks: varies based on your schedule and course requirements.
  • CPR Certification: $55-$65 | This covers a required CPR course provided by the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.
  • RN Licensure Fee: $100 | This fee is due to the South Dakota Board of Nursing upon graduation.
  • NCLEX-RN Exam: $200 | This is the registration fee to Pearson Testing upon graduation in order to take your exam. 

Complete your FAFSA Online

Complete your FAFSA online to begin the financial aid process and to determine the various types of aid you may qualify for to help finance your education. Dakota Wesleyan University’s code for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is 003461.

Payment Options

Several payment plan options are available for you: 

  • Online with a checking account or credit card
  • Monthly payment plan
  • Check or money order
  • PLUS or alternative loan

Scholarship Opportunities

Are you a member of the United Methodist Church? Students enrolled in the program are eligible for the United Methodist Recognition Award, a $1,000 annual scholarship awarded to confirmed members of the United Methodist Church. You must be a member for at least one year and a certification form is required.



Just contact us!

DWU Admissions
1200 W. University Ave. 
Mitchell, SD 57301

Email: admissions@dwu.edu 
Phone: 605-995-2650