Nursing Schools in Minnesota (MN)

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Minnesota (MN) is known as “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”; there are actually 11,842 lakes in this great state. Did you know that Minnesota has 58 state forests, 72 state parks, and 90,000 miles of shoreline? This is more than Florida, Hawaii, and California combined. The city of Minneapolis, MN is the Midwest’s trade center and the headquarters for the world’s largest supercomputer and grain distributor. Minneapolis has a skyway system that connects 52 blocks (5 miles) of the downtown to make it possible to eat, live, work, and shop without going outside. Rochester, MN is home to the world-famous medical center, Mayo Clinic, known for the expertise of its physicians and innovative health care treatments. The famous Mall of America is located in Bloomington, MN and is the size of 78 football fields equal to 9.5 million square feet.

Between the 59 nursing schools in Minnesota, 58 of them offer undergraduate nursing degrees and 13 offer graduate nursing degrees. The 19th best nursing program in the nation is Metropolitan State University, which is found in St. Paul, Minnesota. This school places in the top 20% of the nation for NCLEX-RN pass rates and offers an in-state undergraduate tuition under $7,000.

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As of May 2014, Minnesota was employing 56,000 Registered Nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for LPNs in Minnesota is $42,000, with Registered Nurses making about $71,000 and Nurse Practitioners making about $103,000 annually. Minnesota actually ranks in the highest pay rate scale in the United States for all professions. As of March 2015, Minnesota’s unemployment rate was 3.7%. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported that Minnesota gained over 46,000 jobs over the past year alone. It appears that Minnesota is one to consider relocating to for an abundance of job opportunities not only for nursing but for many other occupations.

This Cost of Living Calculator is a great tool to determine what the cost of living is if you are considering relocation to any of the several metro areas in Minnesota. The cost of living in Minneapolis is 8% higher than the national average. Housing, transportation, groceries, and health care costs are all higher than the national average, but the location and wealth of available jobs, as well as the higher than average pay scale, seem to offset the higher associated living costs.

Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s, BS to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN, Nurse Practitioner, and DNP degree programs provided by accredited Minnesota nursing schools and colleges.

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  • Century College
    Location:
    White Bear Lake, MN
    Student Enrollment: 4,000
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN
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  • Mayo School of Health Sciences
    Location:
    Rochester, MN
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Nurse Anesthetist
    www.mayo.edu

  • Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
    Location:
    St. Louis Park, MN
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Nurse Anesthetist
    www.nurseanesthesia.org

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Wadena
    Location:
    Wadena, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,095
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN
    www.minnesota.edu

  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,300
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.minneapolis.edu

  • Saint Paul College
    Location:
    Saint Paul, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,010
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    www.saintpaul.edu

  • Rasmussen College – Mankato Campus
    Location:
    Mankato, MN
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Diploma, LPN
    www.rasmussen.edu

  • Rasmussen College – Brooklyn Park Campus
    Location:
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.rasmussen.edu

  • Hibbing Community College
    Location:
    Hibbing, MN
    Student Enrollment: 1,505
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN
    www.hibbing.edu

  • Inver Hills Community College
    Location:
    Inver Grove Heights, MN
    Student Enrollment: 4,300
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.inverhills.edu

  • Lake Superior College
    Location:
    Duluth, MN
    Student Enrollment: 2,800
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    blog.lsc.edu

  • Central Lakes College
    Location:
    Brainerd, MN
    Student Enrollment: 4,000
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN
    www.clc.mnscu.edu

  • College of Saint Benedict – Saint John's University
    Location:
    St. Joseph, MN
    Student Enrollment: 4,000
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN
    www.csbsju.edu

  • College of Saint Scholastica
    Location:
    Duluth, MN
    Student Enrollment: 3,300
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral)
    www.css.edu

  • College of Saint Catherine
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN
    Student Enrollment: 5
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, LPN-to-RN, LPN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    www.stkate.edu

  • University of Minnesota – Rochester Campus
    Location:
    Rochester, MN
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN
    www.r.umn.edu

  • Bethel College
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,000
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, MSN
    cas.bethel.edu

  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
    Location:
    Moorhead, MN
    Student Enrollment: 7,510
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    www.mnstate.edu

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Detroit Lakes
    Location:
    Detroit Lakes, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,095
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN
    www.minnesota.edu

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Fergus Falls
    Location:
    Fergus Falls, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,095
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN
    www.minnesota.edu

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead
    Location:
    Moorhead, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,095
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN
    www.minnesota.edu

  • Hennepin Technical College
    Location:
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    Student Enrollment: 5,838
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    www.hennepintech.edu

  • Presentation College – Fairmont Campus
    Location:
    Fairmont, MN
    Student Enrollment: 60
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN
    www.presentation.edu

  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Nurse Anesthetist
    www.smumn.edu

  • Augsburg College
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Student Enrollment: 3,900
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    www.augsburg.edu

  • Anoka Technical College
    Location:
    Anoka, MN
    Student Enrollment: 2,230
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    www.anokatech.edu

  • Saint Cloud Technical College
    Location:
    St. Cloud, MN
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    sctcweb.tec.mn.us

  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College – Pipestone Campus
    Location:
    Pipestone, MN
    Student Enrollment: 2,143
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    www.mnwest.edu

  • Northwest Technical College
    Location:
    Bemidji, MN
    Student Enrollment: 180
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.ntcmn.edu

  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Worthington
    Location:
    Worthington, MN
    Student Enrollment: 250
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.mnwest.edu

  • Minnesota State University – Mankato
    Location:
    Mankato, MN
    Student Enrollment: 10,400
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Nurse Practitioner
    ahn.mnsu.edu

  • Gustavus Adolphus College
    Location:
    Saint Peter, MN
    Student Enrollment: 2,600
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN
    www.gustavus.edu

  • Metropolitan State University
    Location:
    Saint Paul, MN
    Student Enrollment: 7,355
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, LPN-to-BSN, Accelerated BSN, Accelerated MSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    www.metrostate.edu

  • St. Olaf College
    Location:
    Northfield, MN
    Student Enrollment: 3,000
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN
    www.stolaf.edu

  • Bemidji State University
    Location:
    Bemidji, MN
    Student Enrollment: 5,000
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN
    http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/departments/nursing/

  • Normandale Community College
    Location:
    Bloomington, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,500
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    http://www.normandale.edu/departments/health-sciences/nursing

  • North Hennepin Community College
    Location:
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,935
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN
    www.nhcc.edu

  • Northland Community and Technical College
    Location:
    Thief River Falls, MN
    Student Enrollment: 1,900
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.northland.cc.mn.us

  • Ridgewater College
    Location:
    Willmar, MN
    Student Enrollment: 3,100
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.ridgewater.mnscu.edu

  • Riverland Community College
    Location:
    Austin, MN
    Student Enrollment: 3,200
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.riverland.edu

  • Rochester Community and Technical College
    Location:
    Rochester, MN
    Student Enrollment: 4,400
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.rctc.edu

  • Concordia College at Moorhead
    Location:
    Moorhead, MN
    Student Enrollment: 2,800
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN
    www.cord.edu

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
    Location:
    Coon Rapids, MN
    Student Enrollment: 9,190
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, RN-to-BSN
    www.anokaramsey.edu

  • Winona State University
    Location:
    Winona, MN
    Student Enrollment: 6,700
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner
    www.winona.edu

  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Campus
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Student Enrollment: 31,800
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral)
    www.nursing.umn.edu

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