Minnesota Nursing Schools and Programs

Minnesota is full of fun with festivals, scenic drives, and has an abundance of every outdoor activity you may dream. Minnesota's true historical roots lie in the diversity of its people. With deep roots and a large population of Ojibwe and Dakota Native American traditions, the state is also a melting pot for Scandinavian traditions. Home to The Lost Forty in the Chippewa National Forest is one of the oldest preserved forests in the country where 300-400 year old red and white pines stand undisturbed. Minnesota also has low crime rates and a small town welcome for everyone, especially nursing students!

Minnesota has very prestigious nursing and healthcare programs that stand neck to neck with some of America’s top-notch universities. Due to the rapidly expanding and evolving nature of the health care system, careers in nursing are expected to continue to grow significantly each year. As of 2008, Minnesota is short near 7,000 nurses. Minnesota has many nursing programs to choose from which are all very friendly to your specific needs. Four-year colleges and universities offer comprehensive nursing programs; while technical schools and community colleges can help you get specific certifications. In addition, the role of the professional nurse is expanding to include an emphasis on leadership, management, and education. Many programs require students to complete clinical studies, either at the university's public clinic or at area clinics, hospitals, and other resident care centers. This valuable experience will help prepare nursing students and gives them important networking opportunities.

Nurses in hospitals, community health centers, group practices, long term care facilities, and elsewhere in the health care community, are being called upon to lead and manage departments within their organizations. In addition, they are being asked to as become educators, not only for the patients, but for the future nurses of their communities. For those interested in pursuing or advancing a career in the field of nursing, this is an excellent time. Many universities offer weekend, evening, online and campus based programs. Online nursing programs have become increasingly popular over the past several years. They are meant to provide a convenient and flexible option for working registered nurses or other health care professionals. Most schools allow you to complete coursework at your own pace. Browse a wide variety of accredited nursing schools to learn more about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities that await you.

Degree Programs:

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Largest Cities:

Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Buffalo, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Eagan, Hutchinson, Mankato, Marshall, Minneapolis, New Ulm, Plymouth, Rochester, St. Paul

Additional Resources:

Minnesota Nursing Board: Home

Minnesota Nurses Association

Hospital Directory of Minnesota

Travel Guide to Minnesota

School Enrollment Type Accredited Online Program Degrees Find Scholarship
Anoka-Hennepin Technical College 0 Public Yes No LPN find scholarships
Anoka-Ramsey Community College 4,400 Public Yes No Associate find scholarships
Augsburg College 3,800 Private Yes No RN-to-BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN find scholarships
Bemidji State University 5,000 Public Yes No BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN find scholarships
Bethel College 6,000 Private Yes No BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN find scholarships
Central Lakes College 4,000 Public No No Associate, LPN, LPN-to-RN find scholarships
Century College 4,000 Public No No Associate, LPN-to-RN find scholarships
Concordia College 2,800 Private No No BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN find scholarships
Gustavus Adolphus College 2,600 Private Yes No BS/BSN find scholarships
Hibbing Community College 3,100 Public No No Associate find scholarships
Inver Hills Community College 4,300 Public Yes No Associate find scholarships
Lake Superior College 2,800 Public No No Associate find scholarships
Mayo School of Health Sciences 0 Private No No Nurse Anesthetist find scholarships
Minneapolis Community and Technical College 6,300 Public Yes No Associate, LPN find scholarships
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls 6,095 Public Yes No Associate, LPN, LPN-to-RN find scholarships
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead 6,095 Public Yes No Associate, LPN-to-RN find scholarships
Minnesota State University - Mankato 10,400 Public Yes No BS/BSN, Nurse Practitioner find scholarships
Normandale Community College 6,500 Public Yes No Associate find scholarships
North Hennepin Community College 5,300 Public Yes No Associate find scholarships
Northland Community and Technical College 1,900 Public No No Associate find scholarships
Northwest Technical College 180 Public No No Associate find scholarships
Rasmussen College - Brooklyn Park Campus 0 Private No No Associate, LPN find scholarships
Rasmussen College - Mankato Campus 0 Private No No Diploma, LPN find scholarships
Ridgewater College 3,100 Public Yes No Associate, LPN find scholarships
Riverland Community College 3,200 Public Yes No Associate find scholarships
Rochester Community and Technical College 4,400 Public Yes No Associate, LPN find scholarships
Saint Cloud Technical College 0 Public No No LPN find scholarships
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 0 Private No No Nurse Anesthetist find scholarships
St. Olaf College 3,000 Private Yes No BS/BSN find scholarships
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus 31,800 Public Yes No BS/BSN, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral) find scholarships
Winona State University 6,700 Public Yes No BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, Nurse Practitioner find scholarships

Online Nursing Programs without Waiting Lists

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American Sentinel University BSN - RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing; MSN - Case Management; MSN - Infection Prevention and Control; MSN - Mgmt. & Organizational Leadership; MSN - Nursing Informatics; MSN - RN to Master of Science in Nursing;
Anna Maria College RN to BSN
Baker College Online Bachelor of Science - Nursing
Benedictine University MS - Nursing
Capella University MSN - Nurse Educator; MSN - Nurse Educator Bridge; PhD - Nursing Education
Chamberlain College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN); Master of Science in Nursing; RN to BSN to MSN Online Bridge Option
Cleveland State University BSN; MSN
Colorado Christian University B.S. in Nursing (RN-BSN Degree Completion)
Colorado Technical University Online BS - Nursing - (RN to BSN)
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences RN to BS - Nursing
Gonzaga University MSN - Health Systems Leadership; MSN - Nurse Educator; RN to MSN
Graceland University MSN - Nurse Educator; RN - BSN
Grantham University MS. Nursing - Case Management; MS. Nursing - Nursing Education; MS. Nursing - Nursing Informatics; MS. Nursing - Nursing Mgmt & Org Leadership; RN to MSN Option
Herzing University MS - Nursing Education
Indiana State University LPN to BSN - Nursing
Kaplan University MS - Nurse Administrator; MS - Nurse Educator; MS - Nursing; MSN - Informatics; RN to BS - Nursing; RN to MSN in Nursing
Kent State University RN to BSN
Lewis University MSN - Nursing Administration; MSN - Nursing Education
Liberty University Online BS - Nursing; MS - Nursing - Acute Care
Loyola University New Orleans Online MSN - Bridge Program; MSN - Health Care Systems Management
Miller-Motte College Online B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN)
National American University RN-to-BSN
Norwich University MSN - Nursing Administration; MSN - Nursing Educator
Philadelphia University M.S. - Midwifery
Post University Online BS - Management for Registered Nurses
Rasmussen College RN to BSN
Sacred Heart University MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader; MSN - Nursing Education; MSN - Patient Care Svcs Admin; RN to BSN; RN to MSN - CNL; RN to MSN - NE; RN to MSN - PCSA
Saint Xavier University MS - Nursing - Clinical Leadership; MSN - Executive Leadership
South University MS - Adult Health Nurse; MS - Nursing; RN to BSN - Bachelor Degree Completion; RN-MSN; RN-MSN - Adult Health Nurse; RN-MSN - Nurse Educator
University of Phoenix MS - Nursing; MSN - Healthcare Education; MSN - Informatics; MSN - Master of Health Administration; MSN/MBA - Health Care Management; PhD - Philosophy in Nursing; RN to BS - Nursing
University of Pittsburgh MS Clinical Nurse Leader
University of Saint Mary RN to BSN
Utica College RN to BS in Nursing
Vanderbilt University MSN - Health Systems Mgmt
Walden University BS Nursing; BSN MSN - Education; BSN MSN - Genearl Track; BSN MSN - Informatics; BSN MSN - Leadership/Management; RN MSN - Education; RN MSN - General Track; RN MSN - Informatics; RN MSN - Leadership/Management
Western Governors University BS - Nursing; MSN - Education; MSN - Education (RN to MSN); MSN - Leadership & Management (RN to MSN); MSN - Leadership and Management