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2023 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools in South Dakota

4 Schools Ranked
$6,346 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$18,378 Avg Student Debt

It's not easy to decide which nursing program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Also there are many trade schools and bpptcamp that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Nursing Degree Search has created the Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools in South Dakota to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 4 schools in South Dakota to see which associate degree programs offered the best educational experiences for nursing students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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Top Nursing Associate Degree Schools in South Dakota

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#1

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
514 Total Awards
$6,718 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,775 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Lake Area Technical Institute to be the best school for nursing students who want to pursue a associate degree in South Dakota. Lake Area Technical Institute is a small public school located in Watertown, South Dakota that handed out 514 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $6,718 to cover tuition and fees at LATI. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their associate degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $13,775 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since LATI does offer online classes for certain majors. In fact, around 44% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2020-2021.

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#2

Southeast Technical College

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
522 Total Awards
$7,650 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,094 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 4 schools in South Dakota that were part of this year’s ranking, Southeast Technical College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Southeast Tech is a public institution located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 522 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

Southeast Tech does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $7,650. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate Degree recipients from Southeast Tech accumulate an average of $16,094 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online courses are available at Southeast Tech, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2020-2021 about 43% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#3

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota
197 Total Awards
$8,333 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,197 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 4 schools in South Dakota that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Dakota Technical Institute landed the # 3 spot on the list. Western Dakota Technical Institute is a small public school located in Rapid City, South Dakota that handed out 197 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

Western Dakota Tech does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $8,333. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,197 in student loans.

Western Dakota Tech does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2020-2021 academic year, around 47% took at least some of their classes online.

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#4

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, South Dakota
103 Total Awards
$2,684 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Oglala Lakota College is a great place for nursing students working on their associate degree. Oglala Lakota College is a small public school located in Kyle, South Dakota that handed out 103 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

The average tuition and fees at Oglala Lakota College is $2,684. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid.

Oglala Lakota College is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each undergraduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 4 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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