Nursing Schools in Minnesota

The Land of 10,000 Lakes also has more than 50 nursing schools in Minnesota to cater to the demand for nursing education. With a state population of 5.2 million as of 2009, the more than 57,000 registered nurses in the work force could sure use more help. But the nursing shortage also includes the lack of nursing faculty in Minnesota nursing schools, and hundreds of qualified applicants are turned down every year.

Aside from a shortage of qualified nurse educators, RNs – especially those with baccalaureate and masteral degrees – are needed in various work environments within the state including in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient facilities, doctors’ and dental clinics, and others. And with the bulk of nursing professionals in Minnesota aged between 30 and 60, retention of experienced nurses is also a major concern. Because of this, many nursing positions come in attractive packages which include competitive wages, family-friendly schedules, sign-on bonuses, and scholarships for continued nursing education.

Minnesota has about 55 big and medium-sized hospitals, with several of them located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul where nearly sixty percent of the state’s population reside. Hourly rates vary by location, level of education, specialty, and experience. RNs in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area enjoy the highest wages ranging between $59,000 and $71,000, while the median salary for staff nurses in other large cities Rochester, Duluth, and St. Cloud are $60,000, $58,000, and $57,000 respectively.

It is also well worth noting that other than the presence of some fine nursing schools in Minnesota, the state is also home to two medical institutions with international reputations – the University of Minnesota Medical School and the renowned medical research group and practice, Mayo Clinic. Licensure requirements for nurses practicing or planning to do so within the North Star State (as Minnesota is also called) are overseen by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Employment: 57,560
Hourly Mean Wage: $34.98
Annual Mean Wage: $72,760
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

State Nursing Board: Minnesota Board of Nursing
State Nurses Association: Minnesota Nurses Association
State Hospital Association: Minnesota Hospital Association

Minnesota Nursing Schools

School Name:Alexandria Technical College
Address:1601 Jefferson Streeet, Alexandria, Minnesota 56308
Contact:(320) 762-0221
Website:www.alextech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:American Indian OIC Inc
Address:1845 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404-2221
Contact:(612) 341-3358 x100
Website:WWW.AIOIC.ORG
Type of School:< 2-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types:Less than one year certificate
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Anoka Technical College
Address:1355 W Hwy 10, Anoka, Minnesota 55303
Contact:(763) 576-4700
Website:www.anokatech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Address:11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433-3470
Contact:(763) 433-1100
Website:www.anokaramsey.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Augsburg College
Address:2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
Contact:(612) 330-1000
Website:www.augsburg.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Bemidji State University
Address:1500 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Contact:(800) 475-2001
Website:www.bemidjistate.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Bethel University
Address:3900 Bethel Dr, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112-6902
Contact:(651) 638-6400
Website:www.bethel.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Central Lakes College-Brainerd
Address:501 West College Drive, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401-3900
Contact:(218) 855-8000
Website:WWW.CLCMN.EDU
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Century Community and Technical College
Address:3300 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
Contact:(651) 770-3200
Website:www.century.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types:Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:College of Saint Benedict
Address:37 S. College Ave., Saint Joseph, Minnesota 56374
Contact:(320) 363-5011
Website:www.csbsju.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: College of Saint Catherine
Address: Minneapolis, MN / St. Paul, MN
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, LPN to ADN, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN, Second Degree BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Concordia College at Moorhead
Address:901 S 8th St, Moorhead, Minnesota 56562
Contact:(218) 299-4100
Website:www.cord.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Second Degree BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Crown College
Address:8700 College View Drive, Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375-9001
Contact:(952) 446-4100
Website:www.crown.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Dakota County Technical College
Address:1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068-2999
Contact:(651) 423-8301
Website:www.dctc.edu/index.cfm
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Address:2101 14th St, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720
Contact:(218) 879-0800
Website:www.fdltcc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Globe University
Address: Woodbury, MN
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Gustavus Adolphus College
Address:800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082-1498
Contact:(507) 933-8000
Website:WWW.GUSTAVUS.EDU
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types:Bachelor’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Hennepin Technical College
Address:9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
Contact:(952) 995-1300
Website:www.hennepintech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Herzing University
Address:5700 W Broadway, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55428-3548
Contact:(763) 535-3000
Website:www.herzing.edu
Type of School:4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Hibbing Community College-A Technical and Community College
Address:1515 E 25th St, Hibbing, Minnesota 55746
Contact:(218) 262-7200
Website:www.hibbing.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to BSN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Inver Hills Community College
Address:2500 80th St E, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota 55076-3224
Contact:(651) 450-8500
Website:www.inverhills.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Itasca Community College
Address:1851 Hwy 169 E, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744-3397
Contact:(218) 322-2300
Website:WWW.ITASCACC.EDU
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Lake Superior College
Address:2101 Trinity Rd, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-3399
Contact:(800) 432-2884
Website:www.lsc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Mayo School of Health Sciences
Address:200 First St SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55905
Contact:(507) 284-3678
Website:www.mayo.edu/mshs/
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Masters in Nursing
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
School Name:Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Address:1001 Chestnut St W, Virginia, Minnesota 55792
Contact:(218) 741-3095
Website:www.mesabirange.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Metropolitan State University
Address:700 E Seventh St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106-5000
Contact:(651) 793-1212
Website:www.metrostate.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Direct Entry MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, LPN to BSN, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Address:1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403-1779
Contact:(612) 659-6000
Website:www.minneapolis.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
Address: St. Louis Park, MN
Program Types: Masters in Nursing
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
School Name: Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium – Gustavus Adolphus College
Address: Saint Peter, MN
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium – St. Olaf College
Address: Northfield, MN
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Minnesota School of Business
Address:1401 W 76 St, Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Contact:(612) 861-2000
Website:www.msbcollege.edu
Type of School:4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types:Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical
Address:1250 Homer Rd, Winona, Minnesota 55987
Contact:(507) 453-2700
Website:www.southeastmn.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Address:1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
Contact:(218) 736-1500
Website:www.minnesota.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Minnesota State University-Mankato
Address:South Rd and Ellis Ave, Mankato, Minnesota 56001
Contact:(507) 389-1866
Website:www.mnsu.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN, Second Degree BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
School Name:Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Address:1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
Contact:(218) 477-4000
Website:www.mnstate.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Address:1593 11th Ave, Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241
Contact:(320) 564-4511
Website:www.mnwest.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:National American University-Brooklyn Center
Address:6120 Earle Brown Drive, Suite 100, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430-4100
Contact:(763) 852-7500
Website:www.national.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private for-profit
Program Types:One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Normandale Community College
Address:9700 France Ave S, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431
Contact:(952) 487-8200
Website:www.normandale.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:North Hennepin Community College
Address:7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
Contact:(763) 424-0702
Website:www.nhcc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Northland Community and Technical College
Address:1101 Hwy # 1 East, Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Contact:(218) 683-8800
Website:www.northlandcollege.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Northwest Technical College
Address:905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601-4907
Contact:(218) 333-6600
Website:www.ntcmn.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Pine Technical College
Address:900 4th St SE, Pine City, Minnesota 55063
Contact:(320) 629-5100
Website:www.pinetech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Rainy River Community College
Address:1501 Hwy 71, International Falls, Minnesota 56649
Contact:(218) 285-7722
Website:www.rrcc.mnscu.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Rasmussen College-Brooklyn Park
Address:8301 93rd Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445-1512
Contact:(763) 493-4500
Website:www.rasmussen.edu
Type of School:4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Rasmussen College-Eagan
Address:3500 Federal Drive, Eagan, Minnesota 55122-1346
Contact:(651) 687-9000
Website:www.rasmussen.edu
Type of School:4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Rasmussen College-Mankato
Address:130 Saint Andrews Drive, Mankato, Minnesota 56001
Contact:(507) 625-6556
Website:www.rasmussen.edu
Type of School:4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types:Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Rasmussen College-St Cloud
Address:226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713
Contact:(320) 251-5600
Website:www.rasmussen.edu
Type of School:4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit
Program Types:Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Ridgewater College
Address:2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Contact:(800) 722-1151
Website:www.ridgewater.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Riverland Community College
Address:1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, Minnesota 55912-1473
Contact:(507) 433-0600
Website:www.riverland.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Rochester Community and Technical College
Address:851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904-4999
Contact:(507) 285-7210
Website:www.rctc.edu/
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Saint Cloud State University
Address:720 Fourth Ave. South, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498
Contact:(320) 308-0121
Website:www.stcloudstate.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Second Degree BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Saint Cloud Technical College
Address:1540 Northway Drive, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303-1240
Contact:(320) 308-5000
Website:www.sctc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Saint Johns University
Address:31802 County Rd 159, Collegeville, Minnesota 56321
Contact:(320) 363-2011
Website:www.csbsju.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types:Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Address:700 Terrace Heights, Winona, Minnesota 55987-1399
Contact:(507) 457-1600
Website:www.smumn.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
School Name:Saint Paul College – A Community and Technical College
Address:235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-9808
Contact:(651) 846-1600
Website:www.saintpaul.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:South Central College
Address:1920 Lee Blvd, North Mankato, Minnesota 56003-1920
Contact:(507) 389-7200
Website:www.southcentral.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:St. Catherine University
Address:2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
Contact:(651) 690-6000
Website:www.stkate.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types:Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:St. Olaf College
Address:1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, Minnesota 55057-1098
Contact:(507) 786-2222
Website:www.stolaf.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types:Bachelor’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:The College of Saint Scholastica
Address:1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-4199
Contact:(218) 723-6000
Website:www.css.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN, Second Degree BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Address:100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0213
Contact:(612) 625-5000
Website:www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Direct Entry MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, PhD in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:University of Phoenix-Minneapolis/St Paul Campus
Address:435 Ford Rd., Suite 1000, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 55426-4915
Contact:(952) 487-7226
Website:www.phoenix.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types:Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Walden University
Address:155 Fifth Ave S, Suite 100, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Contact:(800) 925-3368
Website:www.waldenu.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private for-profit
Program Types:Bachelor’s degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Winona State University
Address:8th and Johnson St, Winona, Minnesota 55987-5838
Contact:(507) 457-5000
Website:www.winona.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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