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The Dakota Nursing Program provides quality evidence-based nursing education for practical and associate degree nurses, serves as a foundation for further professional advancement and contributes collaboratively to meet the diverse health care needs of the communities it serves.


In congruence with the mission of the Dakota Nursing Program, our philosophy is designed to meet the needs of communities by enhancing professional advancement, utilizing technology, and integrating quality and safety competencies. Students are recognized as diverse and unique individuals who are encouraged to achieve their optimal potential. Faculty is committed to maintaining expertise and ensuring holistic patient-centered care through evidence-based quality nursing education.


Associate Degree Nurse (AAS)

The Associate Degree Nursing program is an educational program that results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in nursing. Graduates are then eligible to apply to write the North Dakota State Board Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Check out the catalog for more information (Program Curriculum button below).

AAS Prerequisite Checklist

Practical Nursing (Certificate)

The Practical Nursing Program is an 11-month educational program that leads to the awarding of a Practical Nurse Certificate. Program graduates are eligible to apply to take the examination, NCLEX PN®, which is required by the N.D. Board of Nursing for Licensure of Practical Nurses. This program is part of the Dakota Nursing Program, a collaborative effort between Bismarck State College, Williston State College, and Lake Region State College. Check out the catalog for more information (Program Curriculum button below).

PN Prerequisite Checklist

State Licensure Requirements: All DCB programs fulfill the requirements for licensure in the state of North Dakota. Please be aware that we are currently working on researching if our curriculum/degree meets licensure requirements in other states. Students seeking to pursue this degree outside of North Dakota must contact our Academic Affairs office to confirm whether the program may be licensed in the student’s home state.


Ready to apply?

You can find the Nursing Application at the below link. Before getting started, please apply to Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB). Once accepted, you may continue your application to the DCB Nursing Program.

Nursing Applications are accepted annually from December 1st to March 5th.


For more information


Carissa Pollman
Administrative Assistant


Sharon Pfeifer
Administrative Assistant


Paige Baade MSN, RN
Nursing Director
Valley City

Bottineau Instructors


Erin Williams MSN, RN
Associate Professor

Minot Instructors


Kelly Hackett BSN, RN
Nursing Instructor


Tara DeCrans BSN, RN
Nursing Instructor


Deborah Hoverson
Nursing Instructor


Roberta Valella BSN, RN
Nursing Instructor


Megan Weaver MSN, RN
Nursing Instructor


Carolyn Espe MSN, RN
Nursing Instructor

Valley City Instructors


Becky Pfennig BSN, RN
Nursing Instructor
Valley City


Jackie Gibbon MSN, RN
Nursing Instructor
Valley City


Dakota College at Bottineau is located in north central North Dakota near the Turtle Mountains. The mountains are rolling, wooded hills interspersed with lakes and they provide a setting for a variety of recreational activities within easy commuting distance of Bottineau, a "Four Seasons Playground."

We serve students wishing to start their career in the nursing profession. You can complete a practical nursing certificate or an associate degree in nursing at DCB. Upon completion of the AD program students may also articulate to a four year college or university for a BSN.

DCB nursing faculty and staff value students, consider their needs and interests, and make sincere efforts to respond positively to those needs and interests. If you're looking for an affordable, high-quality education in a down-to-earth environment, there's a niche for you at Dakota College at Bottineau. Come on in and find it.

View our Accomplished Alumni Stories

Jessie LaffertyJessie Lafferty - Read more about Jessie Lafferty

After settling in Willow City, Jessie started looking for nursing programs in the area and discovered the programs offered at Dakota College at Bottineau. “I was very blessed to have such a great resource nearby, almost as if it fell into my lap,” Jessie said. “The nursing instructors were very helpful because they encouraged us to learn as much as we could academically, and they also taught us the importance of a good bedside manner."

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Brackenbury, who completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing after completing DCB’s two-year program, is currently a registered nurse on the Maternity/Women’s unit at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck.



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After completing his associate degree in nursing at DCB, Geisinger successfully passed the National Council State Boards of Nursing Examination and was licensed as a registered nurse. He then decided to further his nursing education and attended the University of Phoenix where he completed his bachelor’s degree.


Vanessa Orlando - Read more about Vanessa Orlando

Vanessa Orlando knew she wanted to be a nurse after taking aptitude tests as a teenager. “It was clear that I loved science and was good at it, and that I was compassionate and empathetic,” Vanessa said. “So a career in nursing was an ideal choice for me.”