2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Graduate Nursing

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Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275



Kay Foland, Lori Hendrickx, Polly Hulme, MaryLou Mylant

Associate Professors

Debra Anderson, Linda Burdette, Paula Carson, Barbara Hobbs, Cynthia Elverson, Cristina Lammers, Heidi Mennenga, Mary Minton, Mary Kay Nissen, Thomas Stenvig, Mindy Tinkle, Lois Tschetter, Jo Voss

Assistant Professors

Alham Abuatiq, Robin Arends, Robin Brown, Victoria Britson, Nicole Gibson, Leann Horsley, Mary Isaacson, Sheryl Marckstadt, Christina Plemmons


Janice Conlee, Karin Emery, LeAnn Lamb, Brandi Pravecek


Margaret Hegge, Sharon Hofland, Martha Iken, Coral Joffer, Roberta Olson


Graduate nursing education is crucial for role preparation in advanced practice, nursing education, nursing administration, nursing leadership, and research. Collectively, these roles meet the growing needs of the healthcare and academic settings. The Department of Graduate Nursing offers a variety of degrees, specializations, and curriculum plans.

Students can earn a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree in four specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Clinical Nurse Leader.

For students with a previous Master’s degree, three post-graduate certificate options are available: Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator.

Graduate options continue in the doctoral programs. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will prepare Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to bring a transformative level of care and leadership to primary care settings in rural and underserved communities. Students can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) with the specialty area of a Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, or Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dependent on the specialty, students may enter these programs with either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in nursing. 

Established in 2005, the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing prepares nurse scientists to assume roles as healthcare researchers, faculty, and healthcare administrators with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in underserved and rural populations. The Ph.D. program educates nurse scientists in academic, research, practice, and policy roles to address healthcare issues in urban, rural, frontier, and reservation areas.


Graduate Programs*

  • Nursing (M.S.) - Clinical Nurse Leader Specialization 
  • Nursing (M.S.) - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization
  • Nursing (M.S.) - Nurse Administrator Specialization
  • Nursing (M.S.) - Nurse Educator Specialization
  • Nursing (Ph.D.)
  • Nursing (D.N.P.) (Post Master’s to D.N.P. -  NPs, CRNAs, CNSs, and CNMs)
  • Nursing (D.N.P.) - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization - (Post Master’s to D.N.P.)
  • Nursing (D.N.P.) - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.)
  • Nursing (D.N.P.) - Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.) (in collaboration with University of Missouri - Columbia)
  • Nursing (D.N.P.) - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.) (in collaboration with University of Missouri - Kansas City)
  • Nursing (D.N.P.) - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.) (in collaboration with University of Missouri - Columbia)
  • Post-Graduate Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate
  • Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and APRN certificate programs at South Dakota State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Facilities & Services

The College of Nursing has state of the art Simulation Labs that enables educators to enhance the quality and delivery of rural nursing education. Simulation provides an opportunity for nursing students to practice nursing care with a variety of patients and patient scenarios. The high-technology simulation setting allows students practice in the areas of electronic health records, informatics, and tele-health.

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