VCSU has agreements with a variety of schools throughout North Dakota. Students can often complete their two-year degrees and articulate courses to fulfill earning a four-year degree at VCSU. A complete list of agreements can be found at  Some of the agreements include the following:

Career and Technical Education Articulations

VCSU has agreements with the following colleges for the purpose to facilitate credit transfer and provide smooth transition from one related degree program to another:

  • Bismarck State College
  • Dakota College at Bottineau
  • Lake Region State College
  • North Dakota State College of Science
  • Williston State College

Bottineau (DCB) Nursing Program

VCSU has an agreement with the Dakota College at Bottineau through the Dakota Nursing Program that allows students to earn their Practical Nurse (PN) and/or Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) right here in Valley City. Under the program, VCSU’s pre-nursing curriculum provides the coursework for these students to meet their general education requirements, and they receive their classroom instruction in nursing via Interactive Video Network (IVN) from Dakota College at Bottineau. Clinical practice opportunities for these students are available through several local healthcare facilities in the Valley City area.


In collaboration DCB, VCSU students may complete the following AAS degrees: Caregiver, Medical Assistant and Paraeducation.

Bridges Program

The Bridges Program is a collaborative program offered by Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) and Valley City State University (VCSU).

This program is available to students who are not eligible for admission at VCSU but want to attend college, pursue a four-year degree, and remain in the Valley City area. These applicants can apply to the Bridges program where they become DCB students located on the VCSU campus.

After the completion of 24 credits, the students will then transfer to VCSU and complete a four-year degree.

NDSU Elementary Education

VCSU partners with North Dakota State University in delivering its Elementary Education programs in Fargo.

UND Bridges—Bridge to Master’s

The Graduate School of the University of North Dakota (UND), Grand Forks, N.D., and Valley City State University (VCSU) have developed a partnership allowing VCSU senior level students to gain advanced standing in the master’s degree program at UND. The Bridge to the Master’s of Business Administration degree program provides highly qualified VCSU students the opportunity to work toward the MBA degree offered by the University of North Dakota while completing their undergraduate degree requirements at Valley City State University.

Wyoming Community Colleges Education Programs

In 2008, VCSU signed an articulation agreement with Northwest College (Powell, WY) that offers students in Wyoming the opportunity to complete VCSU’s Elementary Education, Technology Education, English Education and History Education degree programs via distance learning. The agreements address an unmet demand for Elementary, English and History Education degree opportunities throughout the state.

An Associates in Arts or Science will transfer as a block fulfilling all general education requirements.

Other Wyoming community colleges partnering with VCSU include Casper College, Central Wyoming College, Eastern Wyoming College, Laramie County Community College, Northwest College, and Western Wyoming Community College.