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Minnesota RN Programs with School Overviews

Minnesota more than 50 colleges that offer registered nursing programs. Learn about the programs, tuition info and program options for ten of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Minnesota students who are interested in nursing will find that they have many program options at more than 50 schools throughout the state. Students have the choice of earning either associate's or bachelor's degrees in nursing. Transition nursing programs are also available for licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered nurses (RN) who want to pursue higher levels of education.


Anoka - Ramsey Community College

Anoka - Ramsey Community College is situated in Coon Rapids and offers three types of nursing degrees. In addition to an associate's degree in nursing, the college offers two nursing transition programs. These are an LPN - RN program and RN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

The nursing associate's degree is 64 credits, while the LPN-RN program is 52 credits. The RN-BSN program is offered in collaboration with Bemidji State University and is available on-campus and online. Graduates can pursue nursing leadership and management positions upon completion.

Century College

Located in White Bear Lake, Century College has an associate's degree in nursing. The program is 75 credits and includes 40 credits of general education requirements and 35 credits of nursing courses. Students take courses in nursing leadership, family health nursing, nutrition, chronic care, acute and complex care and pharmacology.

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University sits in Saint Paul and offers an RN-BSN program. The degree can be earned in 2-3 years, and students are required to complete 32 credits worth of nursing courses. Students learn about geriatric nursing, nursing research, health assessment, community and family health nursing and nursing leadership and management.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College sits in Minneapolis and offers a traditional nursing associate's degree and an advanced standing LPN-RN program. The nursing associate's degree is 64 credits and takes five semesters to complete. Courses in the program include health assessment, health concepts, microbiology, life span development and nursing health concepts. The LPN-RN program requires that students complete the same overall requirements as the associate's degree.

Minnesota State University - Mankato

Minnesota State University - Mankato has two types of bachelor's degree programs. First time students can pursue a traditional bachelor's degree, while registered nurses who have earned an associate degree can enroll in the RN-BSN program. The traditional program is 120 credits and features courses in nursing leadership and management, nursing procedures, pharmacology and community nursing.

The RN-BSN program requires that students complete 30 credits, and the program is available online. Courses cover topics in family and societal nursing, communication, nursing leadership and management and nursing quality and safety.

Normandale Community College

Located in Bloomington, Normandale Community College has a traditional nursing associate's degree and an LPN-RN program. Both programs are 64 credits and combine general education requirements with nursing courses. An RN-BSN program is also offered in collaboration with Metropolitan State University.

North Hennepin Community College

North Hennepin Community College sits in Brooklyn Park and features two types of nursing associate's degrees. The traditional nursing associate's degree is 64 credits and includes coursework in nursing foundations, health assessment, nursing management and pharmacology.

The Advanced Standing Track is offered to LPNs. They will participate in a transition course to assist in the change of role to a registered nurse.

St. Cloud State University

Situated in Saint Cloud, students at St. Cloud State University can pursue a BSN program. The program combines prerequisites with nursing courses and clinical requirements. Students in the program learn about holistic nursing concepts, health promotion, the health care system and community and family nursing.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis and has a BSN program that can be completed in eight semesters. The curriculum includes courses in nursing interventions, assessment, nursing leadership, public health and clinical research. Students are also required to complete four practicums.

Winona State University

Winona State University sits in Winona and offers traditional BSN and RN-BSN programs. Students in the traditional program can graduate within four years and take courses in mental health care, clinical prevention, childbearing family, nursing leadership, pharmacology and nursing research.

The RN-BSN program can be taken full-time or part-time. Courses in the program cover topics in professional development, population health, continuity of care, leadership and management and holistic health.

Career Requirements

In order to work as a registered nurse in the state of Minnesota, individuals each need to graduate with a degree in nursing and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). LPNs also have to complete their nursing degree programs and pass the NCLEX-LPN exams.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Registered Nursing Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Anoka - Ramsey Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate of Science in Nursing,
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) - Registered Nursing (RN) Program,
Registered Nursing (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
$5,022*
Century College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate of Science in Nursing $5,391*
Metropolitan State University 4-year, public; large city Registered Nursing (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) $7,566 in-state,
$14,394 out-of-state*
Minneapolis Community and Technical College 2-year, public; large city Associate of Science in Nursing,
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) - Registered Nursing (RN) Program
$5,366*
Minnesota State University - Mankato 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BNS),
Registered Nursing (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
$7,836 in-state,
$15,580 out-of-state*
Normandale Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Science in Nursing,
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) - Registered Nursing (RN) Program,
Registered Nursing (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
$5,736*
North Hennepin Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate of Science in Nursing;
Associate of Science in Nursing, Advanced Standing (LPN - RN track)
$4,383*
St. Cloud State University 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Nursing $7,814 in-state,
$15,732 out-of-state*
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Nursing $13,790 in-state,
$22,210 out-of-state*
Winona State University 4-year, public; distant town Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN),
Registered Nursing (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
$9,047 in-state,
$14,744 out-of-state*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

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