Minneapolis Nursing Colleges
This article looks at three colleges within a 15-minute drive of downtown Minneapolis that offer nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to information about the nursing degrees that are available, there is a table of statistics about each school, including enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate. At the end of the article is a brief paragraph about other area schools that offer nursing programs.
- Augsburg College, about two miles from downtown, offers a bachelor's degree program for registered nurses (RNs) who hold associate's degrees. It also offers a master's degree in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
- Less than a mile from the heart of downtown, Minneapolis Community & Technical College offers an associate's degree program in nursing.
- The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, has bachelor's, master's and two doctoral programs in nursing, as well as several post-graduate certificate programs. This school is about three miles from the city center.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table showcases facts about each of these schools. Prospective students can use this knowledge to help them choose their best option.
|Augsburg College||Minneapolis Community & Technical College||University of Minnesota - Twin Cities|
|School Type||Four-year; private not-for-profit||Two-year; public||Four-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||3,548*||9,237*||51,147*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$35,465*||$5,366*||$13,790, in-state; $22,210, out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2014)||100%*||84%*||78%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||68%*||N/A - Open admissions||45%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||75% for full-time students*||49% for full-time students*||92% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||63% (Students began in 2008)*||14% (21% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2011)*||78% (Students began in 2008)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
RNs can further their training through bachelor's and graduate-level programs at Augsburg College. The nursing programs focus on providing quality care for people of all ages, cultures and socioeconomic levels.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Admission requirements to the BSN completion program include graduation from a nursing diploma or associate's program, possession of a Minnesota RN license and clinical nursing experience within the previous five years. Classes in the BSN program are offered on weekday evenings. Many students can complete the program in 15 months of full-time study, but that varies, depending on the number of general education courses required. Students can also attend on a part-time basis. The program calls for seven nursing courses, including paradigms in nursing, current issues and communication. Students also gain experience through a practicum in community health nursing.
Master of Arts in Nursing
RNs pursuing a master's degree at Augsburg College can choose a track in either community transcultural nursing, which focuses on providing care to underserved populations, or leadership and management, a program that develops nurses as leaders in the delivery of health care. Both programs require ten courses, practical experience and a thesis or graduate project. Students who graduate from the transcultural nursing track can become certified through the International Transcultural Nursing Society and take the certification test in advanced community health nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
RNs with master's degrees can explore transcultural and holistic nursing through the DNP program. The program can be completed with three years of part-time study. In addition to seminars and courses in advanced transcultural nursing, students must complete 1,000 practicum hours, most of which can be transferred from a master's program. After completing the program, graduates are eligible for certification in Advanced Transcultural Nursing from the Transcultural Nursing Certification Commission. They may also pursue the Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing certification through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation.
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) offers an associate's degree that leads to RN certification. Students in the degree program are admitted to Augsburg College as well as MCTC and can transfer their credits to the Augsburg nursing program to earn their BSN.
Associate in Science in Nursing
Similar to MCTC's diploma program, this associate's program has competitive admissions. Day and evening/weekend classes are offered, and students can attend full or part time. The total program requires 73 credit hours, and graduates can take the NCLEX-RN and apply for RN licensure.
The Nursing Mobility Program allows students who earn a PN diploma to move into the RN education program. In addition, current LPNs can qualify for RN licensure by completing two transition courses, as well as the final two semesters of the associate's program. Students also have to take general education courses, as well as courses in physiology and nursing theory.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota's School of Nursing is the first continuing nursing program at a university in the United States. It was started in 1919. The school offers degrees at all levels, along with several nursing certificate programs.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
This full-time, day-only program prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN. During the first year of study, students take prerequisite courses, such as biology, psychology and English composition. They complete a sequenced program of nursing courses during their final three years, including pharmacology, genetics in nursing and nursing leadership. Some courses are offered online. Students also gain experience through clinical practica in health care facilities. During summer breaks, students are encouraged to take part in study abroad, internship or volunteering opportunities.
Master of Nursing
This master's program is for students who have bachelor's degrees in fields other than nursing. Through an accelerated 16-month program that includes the physical sciences and the practical aspects of health care, students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN and for certification as public health nurses in Minnesota. Students learn about holistic health care, physiology, pharmacology and ethical issues. They also complete supervised clinical work.
Post-Graduate Certificates in Nursing
RNs with graduate degrees in nursing can become certified in another specialty area through a certificate program. Specialty areas include adult health/gerontological clinical nurse specialist (CNS), adult health/gerontological nurse practitioner (NP), women's health NP, nurse midwifery, pediatric CNS, pediatric NP and psychiatric mental health NP. Program requirements vary depending on the specialty and the student's previous courses, but all of them include a combination of classes and clinical practice.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing
The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in research, academia, health care corporations or health care systems. Students complete 36 hours of courses in the scholarly process, nursing science and a specialty area. Research areas at the University of Minnesota include symptom management, prevention and management of chronic health conditions and nursing informatics. Students also earn 24 dissertation credits and may have to take additional courses for their dissertation. Admission to the Ph.D. program calls for a bachelor's and/or a master's degree in nursing or the physical or behavioral sciences. The School of Nursing also offers an accelerated BSN-to-Ph.D. program for nursing students interested in research.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The DNP is for graduate students who want to focus on clinical practice. The University of Minnesota offers a post-master's DNP program for RNs with master's degrees and an accelerated BSN-to-DNP program. The DNP curriculum consists of core courses in ethics, statistics and epidemiology, as well as courses in pharmacology and health assessments that prepare students for clinical practice. DNP students can choose from 14 specialty areas, including nurse anesthesia, nurse midwifery and nursing informatics. Students spend three semesters working on a scholarly leadership project that's presented to the faculty, other students and members of the community.
Other School Options
Just a few miles from Minneapolis, in its twin city of St. Paul, there are two schools that offer nursing degrees. Bethel University, a private Christian institution, has a BSN program for students with no nursing background and one for RNs with diplomas or associate's degrees. Bethel also offers an MSN with nurse leadership and nurse education concentrations. St. Catherine University, a Catholic institution often called St. Kate's, offers several nursing degree programs at both the associate's and bachelor's levels. Master's degrees are offered in several concentrations, and there is a clinical doctorate program.