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Below is a listing of frequently asked questions and more to help you begin your future in nursing. For a complete listing of nursing schools in North Dakota, visit our nursing educational program page here.

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Be sure to visit our Nursing Career Paths page. A lot of great information on all of your nursing options.

Nursing is a profession based on standards requiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes to assure that patients receive the highest quality of care. Nurses work within a “team” of other professionals–physical therapists, social workers, dieticians, and doctors to name a few. They have some flexibility in both their hours and working environments. Most nurses have careers in hospitals, clinics, schools, military, assisted living, nursing homes, public health, higher education, home health and hospice care.
  • Both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are classified as very high growth, high  demand occupations by ND Job Service 2010.
  • In 2011, the average RN/APRN salary is $57,600 and LPN salary is $36,830.
  • Each month in North Dakota there are an average of 139 job openings for LPNs and 441 job openings for RN/APRN (JobsND.com data, 2012).
  • Nursing schools/colleges have several levels of entry based on the program that fits the student’s educational, lifestyle  and career goals.
  • Careers are available in variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools, military, assisted living, nursing homes, public health, higher education, home health and hospice care.
  • Options are available to work and go to school at the same time and sometimes tuitions are paid by employers.
  • Many types of schedules (8 or 12 hours long) and various rotations including day, evening or nights.
  • Nurses may work part-time, full-time or weekends.

To watch a video about nursing careers in North Dakota, click the following links below:

A number of options are available to you in order to gain nursing experience. A great way to quickly gain experience is to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA).

Also, each summer the North Dakota PIN Gerontology Consortium hosts a nursing summer camp specifically for rural high school students in North Dakota. To learn more about the nursing summer camp.

  • Practice good study habits and test taking skills.
  •  Take rigorous high school courses that include english, chemistry, biology, algebra, physics, psychology and computers/technology
  • Graduating from high school with 3.5-4.0 GPA is important.
  • Volunteer in a health care setting to get hands on experience.
  • Consider becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
  • Visit official school websites that interest you for specific guidance on academic prerequisites. Click here for a listing of school websites.
  • Take virtual tours of colleges and universities and check tuition, other costs and financial aid availability.
  • Go on fieldtrips to nursing schools.
Many career opportunities are available to nurses in North Dakota. To search for available nursing positions, visit our Career Center here.
A number of options are available to you in order to gain nursing experience. A great way to quickly gain experience is to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA).

Also, each summer the North Dakota PIN Gerontology Consortium hosts a nursing summer camp specifically for rural high school students in North Dakota. A short video about the camp can be watched by clicking here.

There are a variety of local, state and federal programs to assist with paying for nursing education. Visit our scholarship and loan repayment program page for more information.
We’ve compiled a list of nurses who have volunteered to give their time and knowledge to answer your questions on nursing career related questions. This list is sorted by geographical area.

Visit our Nurse Mentors page to contact a nurse in your area by clicking here.

If you have applied for a ND nursing education program and you do not get accepted- do not give up! There are many nursing education programs in the state. Contact Patricia Moulton at patricia.moulton@ndcenterfornursing.org who can assist you in finding other program openings. Also, application deadlines occur several times a year.
Visit the listing and website of the nursing education program at (add link) and review their application requirements. Some requirement admittance to the college/university prior to application to the nursing program. Many programs accept applications online and some accept applications at multiple times of year.