Why study nursing?

As the only university in South Dakota to earn a Holistic Nursing Program endorsement, Augustana and its nursing department have been regional leaders in preparing nurses for more than 80 years.

  • AU’s pass rates on the NCLEX are consistently higher than the state and national average.
  • Nursing students are immersed in an interactive learning environment that features an advanced simulation center, case study reviews, role playing and electronic health records.
  • Students have weekly clinical experiences in health care settings in Sioux Falls — a health care hub.
  • Students participate in leadership practicums focused on the collaboration, delegation, and prioritizing skills essential to success in health care.

Nursing at AU

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Augustana graduates are leaders who work as nurses, educators and administrators in community health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes and schools across the country.

Hands-On Learning

Many future health care workers choose to become patient care techs, CNAs or volunteers at local hospitals to gain experience while in school.

Clinical opportunities include:

  • Sanford and Avera Health
  • Veterans Affairs Sioux Falls Healthcare System
  • Sioux Falls Schools
  • Bethany Lutheran Home
  • Children’s Home Society
  • Lutheran Social Services Refugee and Immigration Program
  • South Dakota Department of Health

Internship opportunities include:

  • Avera or Sanford Health
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Sioux Falls Health Care
  • Sioux Falls School District (SFSD)
  • Various community sites, including the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, Union Gospel Mission and Dougherty Hospice House 

The Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium provides students with the opportunity to engage in and present health care and nursing research.

Nursing students study away in:

  • Ecuador — focusing on leadership in nursing with AU faculty
  • Norway — focusing on leadership in nursing with AU faculty
  • Greece — focusing on culture, health and well-being with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Nursing applications are due no later than Feb. 15 of the year in which the student desires to begin upper-division nursing courses. Applications are available in the nursing office.

Nursing students often participate in:

  • Zeta Zeta, Augustana's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International — the honor society of nursing
  • Augustana Nursing Student Association (ANSA)
  • Medical Humanities Club 
  • Be The Match On Campus
  • Senior nursing mentorship
  • Augiethon

    Accelerated Nursing Program

    Why accelerated nursing?

    The Augustana University Accelerated Nursing Program allows students to become nurses through Augustana’s holistic, trusted nursing program in a little more than a year.

    • This full-time plan of study is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have completed the prerequisite courses. The 16-month accelerated program includes two fall semesters, a J-term, spring semester and summer session.
    • Accelerated nursing students receive full-time, quality instruction from Augustana’s renowned nursing faculty and high NCLEX success rates, all at a competitively priced rate.
    Nursing at AU

    Nursing at AU

    Nationally Ranked

    The Augustana University Accelerated Nursing Program was recently ranked in the top 5 — ranked No. 3 of all accelerated nursing programs in the nation in 2021 by Best Value Schools, which "compares the best schools by attributes to matter to you."

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    Tuition & Fees




      Norwegian Nursing Exchange Program

      Why study with the exchange program?

      Augustana University welcomes Norwegian students from partner universities to study with renowned faculty in this holistic nursing program for a semester.

      Augustana & Nord Universities

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      Spring Curriculum

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      Norwegian Nursing Exchange Opportunities

      Norwegian Nursing Exchange Opportunities


      • Program Director of Nursing Dr. Lynn White | | 605.274.5336
      • International Student Advisor (DSO) Heather Reed | | 605.5050
      • Associate Director of International Programs and International Student & Study Away Advisor (DSO) Erin Kane | | 605.274.4046
      • Director of International Programs & Enrollment Ben Iverson | | 605.274.5885