Heidi Mennenga, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 255, Box 2275
605-688-6924 or 1-888-216-9806, Ext. 3
Established in 1979, the M.S. in Nursing at South Dakota State University prepares nurses for advanced practice roles in nursing administration, leadership, clinical practice, or education.
To prepare Nurse Administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners who:
- apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
- engage in life-long learning,
- serve South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world in urban, rural, and frontier health care settings, and
- function in leadership roles.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following outcomes:
- Incorporate knowledge and theories from nursing and other supportive disciplines to promote and translate evidence into practice to effectively tailor health care to diverse populations.
- Use leadership strategies at the organizational and individual level to work with interprofessional teams to recommend quality improvement initiatives to provide safe healthcare delivery and improve population health.
- Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve healthcare delivery, decrease health disparities, and address the diversity of health care needs.
- Utilize informatics to enhance delivery of healthcare to a population.
- Communicate effectively with populations to improve health through population- centered strategies of health promotion/disease prevention education.
- Utilize microsystem assessment data to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions that improve safety and quality for selected populations.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
The master’s degree in nursing at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
Students must provide evidence of professional registration by submitting a copy of the most current RN license.
Upon completion of the M.S. in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader Specialization, students may be eligible for the following certifications:
National Certification Eligibility
Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)*
*requires graduation from a CNL master’s education program or a student in their last term of a CNL education program that meets the criteria delineated in the CNL Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse LeaderSM Education and Practice are eligible to sit for this certification examination.
Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC)
Course Delivery Format
The program coursework is delivered online and includes a field-based practicum.