Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS)
Bachelor of Science in nursing - mitchell

The Arlene Gates Department of Nursing at Dakota Wesleyan University aspires to prepare students for meaningful careers in professional nursing in a liberal arts setting. The nursing department fosters professional growth, leadership, lifelong learning and commitment to service. For those students meeting nursing admission criteria, the DWU nursing faculty will begin advising students in class selection and giving guidance in the proper sequence of classes.  Students may complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing within four years at DWU. Year one of classes is general education courses and electives; year two and three are nursing classes required for the Associate of Science degree in nursing and additional general education courses; the fourth year is upper-level nursing classes needed to complete Bachelor of Science degree.

After successful completion of all NUR 200 level nursing coursework and needed support courses,  students will have satisfied the academic requirements for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as an R.N. Successful completion of licensure as an RN is required before enrollment in the fourth year of upper level nursing courses.

The associate degree nursing program is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; telephone- 404-975-5000; website:

The baccalaureate program at Dakota Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. The B.S. nursing program has been granted full approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing, 4305 S. Louise Ave., Suite 201, Sioux Falls, SD  57106-3115, (605) 362-2760.

For details about the academic program and courses view the AS Nursing section of the Dakota Wesleyan University catalog. For more information about the DWU Nursing program, contact:

Wyonne Kaemingk, R.N., M.S.
AS Program Director, Arlene Gates Department of Nursing
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W. University Ave. Box 909
Mitchell, SD 57301

Telephone: 605-995-2889

Dakota Wesleyan University Admissions

605-995-2650 or 1-800-333-8506

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