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.

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There are 52 colleges and universities in Minnesota that offer nursing degree programs of varying degree levels. Explore nursing schools below.


Alexandria Technical & Community College

Alexandria Technical & Community College logo
Location: Alexandria, MN
Student Enrollment: 2,689
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Anoka Technical College

Anoka Technical College logo
Location: Anoka, MN
Student Enrollment: 1,922
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College logo
Location: Coon Rapids, MN
Student Enrollment: 9,058
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Augsburg College

Augsburg College logo
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Student Enrollment: 3,621
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University logo
Location: Bemidji, MN
Student Enrollment: 5,138
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Bethel University

Bethel University logo
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Student Enrollment: 4,016
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Capella University

Capella University logo
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Student Enrollment: 37,569
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Central Lakes College-Brainerd

Central Lakes College-Brainerd logo
Location: Brainerd, MN
Student Enrollment: 3,888
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Century College

Century College logo
Location: White Bear Lake, MN
Student Enrollment: 8,925
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

College of Saint Benedict

College of Saint Benedict logo
Location: Saint Joseph, MN
Student Enrollment: 1,958
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Concordia College at Moorhead

Concordia College at Moorhead logo
Location: Moorhead, MN
Student Enrollment: 2,132
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Concordia University-Saint Paul

Concordia University-Saint Paul logo
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Student Enrollment: 4,582
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Crown College

Crown College logo
Location: Saint Bonifacius, MN
Student Enrollment: 1,328
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Dakota County Technical College

Dakota County Technical College logo
Location: Rosemount, MN
Student Enrollment: 2,566
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College logo
Location: Cloquet, MN
Student Enrollment: 2,101
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College logo
Location: Saint Peter, MN
Student Enrollment: 2,250
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Hennepin Technical College

Hennepin Technical College logo
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Student Enrollment: 5,610
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Hibbing Community College

Hibbing Community College logo
Location: Hibbing, MN
Student Enrollment: 1,319
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Hills Community College logo
Location: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Student Enrollment: 5,050
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Itasca Community College

Itasca Community College logo
Location: Grand Rapids, MN
Student Enrollment: 1,218
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Lake Superior College

Lake Superior College logo
Location: Duluth, MN
Student Enrollment: 4,793
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Mesabi Range College

Mesabi Range College logo
Location: Virginia, MN
Student Enrollment: 1,210
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University logo
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Student Enrollment: 8,357
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College logo
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Student Enrollment: 7,982
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota State College Southeast logo
Location: Winona, MN
Student Enrollment: 2,039
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Minnesota State Community and Technical College logo
Location: Fergus Falls, MN
Student Enrollment: 6,316
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Minnesota State University Moorhead logo
Location: Moorhead, MN
Student Enrollment: 5,923
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Minnesota State University-Mankato logo
Location: Mankato, MN
Student Enrollment: 15,165
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Minnesota West Community and Technical College logo
Location: Granite Falls, MN
Student Enrollment: 3,050
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Normandale Community College

Normandale Community College logo
Location: Bloomington, MN
Student Enrollment: 9,810
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

North Hennepin Community College

North Hennepin Community College logo
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Student Enrollment: 6,864
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Northland Community and Technical College

Northland Community and Technical College logo
Location: Thief River Falls, MN
Student Enrollment: 3,599
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Northwest Technical College

Northwest Technical College logo
Location: Bemidji, MN
Student Enrollment: 979
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Pine Technical & Community College

Pine Technical & Community College logo
Location: Pine City, MN
Student Enrollment: 1,319
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Rainy River Community College

Rainy River Community College logo
Location: International Falls, MN
Student Enrollment: 322
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Ridgewater College

Ridgewater College logo
Location: Willmar, MN
Student Enrollment: 3,580
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Riverland Community College

Riverland Community College logo
Location: Austin, MN
Student Enrollment: 3,202
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Rochester Community and Technical College

Rochester Community and Technical College logo
Location: Rochester, MN
Student Enrollment: 5,280
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud State University logo
Location: Saint Cloud, MN
Student Enrollment: 15,744
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Saint Johns University

Saint Johns University logo
Location: Collegeville, MN
Student Enrollment: 1,849
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota logo
Location: Winona, MN
Student Enrollment: 5,640
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul College logo
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Student Enrollment: 6,949
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

South Central College

South Central College logo
Location: North Mankato, MN
Student Enrollment: 2,807
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Southwest Minnesota State University

Southwest Minnesota State University logo
Location: Marshall, MN
Student Enrollment: 7,495
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

St Catherine University

St Catherine University logo
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Student Enrollment: 4,786
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

St Cloud Technical and Community College

St Cloud Technical and Community College logo
Location: Saint Cloud, MN
Student Enrollment: 4,412
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

St Olaf College

St Olaf College logo
Location: Northfield, MN
Student Enrollment: 3,040
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

The College of Saint Scholastica

The College of Saint Scholastica logo
Location: Duluth, MN
Student Enrollment: 4,351
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities logo
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Student Enrollment: 51,579
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

University of Northwestern-St Paul

University of Northwestern-St Paul logo
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Student Enrollment: 3,447
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Walden University

Walden University logo
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Student Enrollment: 52,565
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Winona State University

Winona State University logo
Location: Winona, MN
Student Enrollment: 8,139
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

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