Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Nursing

we’re known for our highly sought-after bachelor’s degree in nursing. We’ve been educating the best nurses in the region—in the tradition of our Catholic Benedictine values—for generations.


mmc NUrsing Mission 

The mission of the Mount Marty College Nursing program is to provide students with an integrated education in a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts setting and to promote personal character development, holistic professional and practical nursing expertise, and community service involvement. 

Mount Marty College nursing graduates will be prepared to advance their nursing degrees.  The graduate degrees offered through Mount Marty College include the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practioner (MSN-FNP), Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP) and the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP).


With a bachelor’s degree in nursing, you’ll be highly sought after. You may even have a job offer before graduation! At Mount Marty, we’ll prepare you for a variety of nursing roles, to care for an increasingly diverse population and to use complex technology. You’ll be able to work in specialties such as:

 • pediatric
• maternity
• medical-surgical
• gerontology
• mental health
• critical care
• community health

And with clinical experiences at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Mickelson Center for Neurosciences, the Yankton County Community Health Nursing Agency, area nursing homes and other community agencies, you’ll be getting hands-on experience right away. At Mount Marty, you’ll learn to not only provide advanced patient care, but to also care for your patients with compassion, understanding, and a spirit of service—as part of our Catholic Benedictine values. It’s a holistic approach that emphasizes both care and cure. And it’s what makes us truly different. Colleges of Distinction has awarded Mount Marty College's Nursing program a first-rate program and recognized MMC as professional accreditations in these fields specifically for this reason.

  • Mount Marty College students participated in the Lakota service project, an annual service opportunity that sends nursing students to the Rosebud Indian Reservation to work with Tree of Life Ministry in Mission, South Dakota. The students provided diabetic foot care for the local population and served in various capacities during the four-day trip while learning about the Lakota culture. 

    Read more about the Lakota service trip 

    See page 21 of the Update The Newsletter of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.


From the founding of Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in 1905 to the evolution of our first baccalaureate nursing program at Mount Marty in 1964, we’ve been committed to educating the best nurses in the region. Our Bachelor of Science in nursing is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We also offer a BSN Bridge Program for registered and licensed practical nurses who are seeking a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. Or you can pursue a Master of Science in nursing, with tracks to earn a family nurse practitioner degree or family nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate, or even the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia program at our Sioux Falls location.



  • Value based education.
  • Small student to faculty ratio.
  • Clinical begins in the spring semester of the second year.
  • Variety of clinical opportunities.
  • High percentage of patient contact during clinical experience.

Unique to the Mount Marty College Nursing program, students begin clinical rotations during the spring of their second year of college. Clinical experiences include rotations at Avera Majestic Bluffs and Sister James Care Center, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, South Dakota Human Services Center, Yankton Medical Clinic and other locations in South Dakota and Nebraska. Rotations the student will experience include, but are not limited to: surgical, pediatrics, women’s center, ambulatory surgery, dialysis, emergency department, intensive care unit, mental health, community health, critical care, hospice, cancer center, infusion center, clinical nurse, occupational nurse, nurse manager, and school nurse. Due to the smaller class sizes, the faculty at Mount Marty College are able to place students in clinical sites were they will provide nursing care for clients. 

Major Course Requirements

  • NSG 210 Basic Nutrition
  • NSG 281 Pharmacology for Nurses
  • NSG 290 Introduction to Nursing as a Profession I
  • NSG 292 Introduction to Nursing as a Profession II
  • NSG 311 The Childbearing Family
  • NSG 321 Mental Health Nursing
  • NSG 333 Nursing of Adults I
  • NSG 334 Nursing of Adults II
  • NSG 335 Nursing of Children
  • NSG 350 Health Assessment
  • NSG 360 Pathophysiology
  • NSG 385 Nursing Research
  • NSG 471 Community Health Nursing
  • NSG 480 Nursing Management
  • NSG 482 Health Care Ethics
  • NSG 488 Critical Care Nursing
  • NSG 490 Senior Capstone
  • NSG 491 NCLEX Preparation


Related Course Requirements

  • BIO 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO 221 Introductory Microbiology or higher
  • CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I
  • MTH 150 College Algebra or higher (including Calculus but not Statistics)
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 165 Lifespan Development
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology


Other Requirements

  • Satisfactory grade is required for all clinical evaluations.
  • No grade lower than C is accepted in major or required related courses. Pass/Fail is not an available option for major or required related courses.
  • Students who will take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination following graduation are required to take a nationally standardized comprehensive examination review course chosen by the faculty and must achieve a score specified by the faculty.

The College offers students the opportunity to be involved in MMC's Nursing Club - the Nursing (MMCNSA) & Student Nurses Association - as well as MMC's Nursing Honor’s society Upsilon Iota Chapter: Sigma Theta Tau.

We've prepared a few documents to make the application process easier for you. Before enrolling, download and fill out these forms.