In Minnesota, programs are available for aspiring nurse practitioners at the master's degree level. Individuals with a master's degree can apply to graduate certificate programs. Additionally, graduates of bachelor's or master's degree programs in nursing can pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), with the curriculum determined by what classes have been completed in the previous program.
Students can often choose a specialization, such as adult/gerontological, mental health, women's health, family practice or pediatrics, and some programs allow for dual specializations. Students participate in clinical training and take courses covering such subjects as biostatistics, advanced health assessment, epidemiology and advanced pharmacology.
The College of St. Scholastica
This college is located in Duluth and enrolls about 4,000 students. The college offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Admission to this program is granted to individuals with a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing. The curriculum of the bachelor's to DNP program prepares students to work as nurse practitioners by having them take doctoral courses along with advanced practice nursing curriculum. The post-master's DNP option is for advanced practice nurses and is offered primarily online, though some on-campus time is required.
Mayo School of Health Sciences
This school, which is situated in Rochester, offers a Nurse Practitioner Clinical Residency Program to nurses currently working at the Mayo Clinic who are enrolled in a master's degree program at one of 12 specified universities. Nurses in this program may choose to focus on neonatal or psychiatric/mental health. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission accredits this program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the nurse practitioner certification exams offered by three agencies, including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University is located in Saint Paul and enrolls over 8,000 students. The university offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program designed for nurses seeking to advance their careers and work as family nurse practitioners. Admission is currently open to individuals possessing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through a BSN to DNP program. The program's curriculum includes 79 credit hours of study and must be completed in six years. In addition to coursework, students complete a total of 1,000 hours of clinical experiences.
Minnesota State University - Mankato
This Mankato-based university provides a family nurse practitioner master's degree program and post-master's certificate program. The former requires earning 53 credits and the latter 30 credits. Some courses in the degree program include advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology and family nursing science. Classes taken in the certificate program depend on a review of courses already taken in a master's program, but may include subjects such as advanced health assessment, nursing science theory and reproductive health. Master's degree graduates with APRN certification also have the option of applying for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
St. Catherine University
St. Catherine University is located in Saint Paul. The university offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Students have five ways to complete the program, all of which result in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
This university is situated in Minneapolis and has a Doctor of Nursing Practice program with options available for students with a bachelor's degree or master's degree and has 14 tracks of study. Five of the tracks are for those looking to be nurse practitioners, including women's health, family and pediatric. Regardless of the chosen track, students complete a project prior to graduation. Bachelor's degree applicants must be RNs (Registered Nurse).
Winona State University
Based in Winona, this school provides Master of Science and graduate certificate programs. Students can specialize in one of three areas, including acute care for older adults. These programs can be taken in 2- or 3-year formats.
The university also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, admission to which is open to students with either a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing. Students in this program may focus their studies on adult/gerontology acute care or complete a dual nurse practitioner focus on family and adult/gerontology. Examples of classes in these programs include biostatistics, the primary care of children and epidemiological approaches to population health.
Upon graduation, professionals have six months to become certified. The Minnesota Board of Nursing requires that certified nurse practitioners be listed on a registry of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). To become an APRN, an individual must be certified by a national nursing certification agency that is approved by the board. Some board-approved certification agencies include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Credentialing Center and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
In addition to meeting certification requirements as established by an approved agency, nurse practitioners in Minnesota must possess a controlled substance number provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This number allows the holder to prescribe medicine.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nurse Practitioner Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|The College of St. Scholastica||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Doctor of Nursing Practice||$14,077*|
|Mayo School of Health Sciences||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Nurse Practitioner Clinical Residency Program||N/A|
|Metropolitan State University||4-year, public; large city||Doctor of Nursing Practice||$8,473 in-state, $16,244 out-of-state*|
|Minnesota State University - Mankato||4-year, public; small city|| Family Nurse Practitioner Master's Degree,
Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
|St. Catherine University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Doctor of Nursing Practice||$15,746*|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, public; large city||Doctor of Nursing Practice||$18,583 in-state; $27,931 out-of-state*|
|Winona State University||4-year, public; distant town|| Master of Science in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner,
Graduate Certificate in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, or Family Nurse Practitioner,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
|$7,998 in-state; $11,278 out-of-state*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics