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Minnesota RN Programs

Complete list of Minnesota schools that offer approved RN pre-licensure education programs

How to Become a Registered Nurse in Minnesota

The State of Minnesota is a great place to enter one of the fastest growing professions in America. If you enjoy helping people, don’t mind completing 2 to 4 years of higher education, and live in Minnesota, then you should consider becoming a registered nurse. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program, there will be excellent job opportunities for nurses during the coming decade. If you want to become a registered nurse in Minnesota you need to follow these 3 steps:


1. Find and graduate from a state approved nursing program. There are 3 types: hospital-based diploma, associates degree in nursing (ADN), or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

2. Take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

3. Add your name to the state Nurse Registry list and begin seeking employment as an RN.

Now we will take a few moments to look at each of the steps in greater detail. Before you can become a registered nurse, you must first meet the minimum educational requirements. There are different types of programs that will satisfy these requirements. The first type of program is a hospital-based diploma program that will provide you with the necessary skills, abilities, and training through a local hospital. Not all hospitals provide such opportunities and students should contact hospitals in their region to find out if they offer a nurse education program.

The last two educational programs are provided through local universities and lead to degrees. An ADN program generally takes between 2 to 3 years to complete and qualifies an individual to be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Minnesota. A BSN program typically consists of 4 years of undergraduate course work at an accredited university. It culminates in a bachelor’s degree and may be a better option for individuals interested in obtaining either clinical or administrative nursing positions.

The final step in becoming a registered nurse is to sign-up for, take, and pass the NCLEX-RN examination. The exam, which is computerized and administered by Pearson VUE, tests your knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely and effectively perform the duties of a registered nurse. Once you’ve obtained your diploma or degree, passed the NCLEX-RN, and received your license from the Minnesota Board of Nursing, all that is left is for you to go out and enjoy your new career!



Minnesota Associates Degree RN Programs

Alexandria Technical College

1601 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-0221
***LPN to RN Program***

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

11200 Mississippi Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Phone: 763-433-1100

Central Lakes College

501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-855-8000
***LPN to RN Program***

Century College

3300 Century Avenue N
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-779-3200

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: 218-879-0888
***LPN to RN Program***

Hibbing Community College

1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, Minnesota 55746
Phone: 218-262-6700

Rainy River Community College

750 East 34th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
Phone: 218-285-7722

Itasca Community College

1851 East Us Highway 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-327-4460

Cook County Higher Education

501 West 5th Street, RM 105A
PO Box 57
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: 218-262-6700

Inver Hills Community College

2500 80th Street E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Phone: 651-450-3000

Lake Superior College

2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: 218-733-7600

Pine City Technical College

900 4th Street Southeast
Pine City, MN 55063
Phone: 218-733-7600

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-659-6000
***LPN to RN Program***

Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical

1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: 507-453-2700

Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Detroit Lakes

900 Highway 34 East
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Phone: 218-846-3700

Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Fergus Falls

1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218-736-1500

Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead

1900 28th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218-299-6500

Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Wadena

405 Colfax Avenue SW PO Box 566
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: 218-631-7800

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

1450 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187
Phone: 507-372-3400
***LPN to RN Program***

Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite Falls Campus

1593 11th Avenue
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Phone: 320-564-4511

Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Pipestone Campus

Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: 507-372-3400

Normandale Community College Nursing Program

9700 France Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 952-487-8200

North Hennepin Community College

7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Phone: 763-424-0759

Northland Community and Technical College

1101 Highway One East
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Phone: 218-683-8800
***LPN to RN Program***

Northland Community and Technical College – East Grand Forks Campus

2022 Central Ave NE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Phone: 218-773-3441

Northwest Technical College, Bemidji

905 Grant Avenue SE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-333-6600
***LPN to RN Program***

Pine Technical College

900 4th Street SE
Pine City, MN 55063
Phone: 320-629-6764

Rasmussen College

130 Saint Andrew’s Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-625-6556

Ridgewater College

2101 15th Avenue NW
Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: 320-222-5200

Riverland Community College

1900 Eighth Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
Phone: 507-433-0600
***LPN to RN Program***

Rochester Community and Technical College

851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-285-7210

St. Catherine University

601 25th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 651-690-7712

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: 320-308-5700

South Central College

1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, MN 56003
Phone: 507-389-7200



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Accredited Minnesota RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Minnesota. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Minnesota State Board of Nursing. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Minnesota, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

Bachelor Degree Minnesota RN Programs

Bemidji State University

1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Phone: 218-755-3860

Bethel University

3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55112
Phone: 651-638-6336

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Department of Nursing

37 College Avenue South
St. Joseph, Minnesota 56374
Phone: 320-363-5404

College of St. Scholastica

1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, Minnesota 55811
Phone: 218-723-6025

Concordia College Nursing Program

901 8th Street South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56562
Phone: 218-299-4060

Crown College

8700 College View Drive
St Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375
Phone: 952-446-4100

Globe University / Minnesota School of Business

1401 West 76th Street
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Phone: 612-861-2000

Gustavus Adolphus and St. Olaf Colleges

1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, Minnesota 55057
Phone: 507-646-3265
Phone: 507-786-3265

Herzing University

5700 West Broadway
Crystal, Minnesota 55428
Phone: 763-535-3000

Metropolitan State University College of Nursing and Health Sciences

700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
Phone: 651-793-1375
***For Students With Degree in Different Field***

Minnesota State University Mankato

Wissink Hall 360
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
Phone: 507-389-6022

Minnesota State University Moorhead

1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
Phone: 218-477-2693

National American University

7801 Metro Parkway, Suite 200
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
Phone: 952-356-3600

Presentation College Baccalaureate Nursing Program

115 South Park Street, Suite 102
Fairmont, Minnesota 56031
Phone: 507-235-4658

St. Catherine University BSN Program

2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105
Phone: 651-690-6585

St. Cloud State University

228 Brown Hall
720 4th Avenue S
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301
Phone: 320-308-1749

University of Minnesota

5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Phone: 612-625-7980

Winona State University

175 W Mark St.
Winona, Minnesota 55987
Phone: 507-457-5120


Minnesota RN Resources

Minnesota Board of Nursing
Minnesota Nurses Association
Minnesota Student Nurses Association
Minnesota Nursing Student Scholarships
2010-2011 Registered Nurses Occupational Outlook

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