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Accredited Nursing Schools in Minnesota

In Minnesota and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in Minnesota accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and Minnesota campus locations, then request free information from any or all Minnesota nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Minnesota Nursing Schools No classes to attend, complete virtually 100% of your coursework from the comfort of your home. Currently licensed LPN's and RN's in Minnesota are pre-approved for financing. Fast-track options are available for most Minnesota nursing programs, however, you can complete your coursework at your own pace. Academic advisors are available 8am to 11pm Monday through Friday, and The College Network guarantees your academic success. Currently The College Network education partners are the National League for Nursing, Angelo State University, Bellevue University, Boston University, Cornell University, Deaconess College, Indiana State University, Regis University, Salve Regina University, University of Southern California, and Vicennes University. The first step to advancing your nursing career is to request free information from The College Network.

Minnesota Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

Minnesota Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in Minnesota

RNs: Registered nurses in Minnesota must complete an approved nursing education program. This can be accomplished by earning a nursing diploma, an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college, university or specialized hospital program approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. It should be noted that that many major health care providers now prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree in the field. After completing a nursing program, prospective nurses must pass the national NCLEX-RN examination. RNs must renew their license every two years, completing at least 24 contact hours of continuing education prior to renewal. There are approximately 57,560 RNs working in Minnesota.

LPNs: About 19,220 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work in the state of Minnesota. To become an LPN in Minnesota, one must successfully complete a state-approved nursing education program. LPN programs are available at community colleges and technical/vocational schools and typically take a year to complete. The programs include both classroom study and patient care and typically result in an LPN certificate or diploma. Once the student has completed the program, he or she must pass the national NCLEX-PN examination to be able to legally practice nursing in the state. LPNs must renew their license every two years and complete 12 contact hours of continuing education before renewal.

The Best Cities in Minnesota for Nursing Jobs

  • Minneapolis. Minneapolis, which is Minnesota’s largest city, is often grouped in with St. Paul, the state capital, into the Twin Cities area, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation. It is the primary business and commerce center between Chicago and Seattle. Health care is also major industry here, as the city is home to seven hospitals, four of which are ranked among America’s best.
    • RNs: The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area employs approximately 35,750 RNs, with the average salary coming to $75,020 annually.
    • LPNs: The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area employs approximately 8,500 LPNs with the average salary coming to $42,020 annually.
  • Rochester. The bustling city of Rochester is home to more than 106,000 people, making it the largest city outside the Twin Cities area. It is well-known as a medical center due to being the home of the renowned Mayo Clinic, a major employer here. This is how Rochester got its nickname of "Med City." Outside of health care, heavy hitters in the economy here are IBM and Seneca Foods.
    • RNs: Rochester employs approximately 6,960 RNs and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have salary information listed for the city. The state average annual salary for RNs is $72,760.
    • LPNs: Rochester employs approximately 970 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $40,990 annually.
  • Duluth. The port city of Duluth is home to more than 86,000 people. Transportation/shipping of goods such as coal, steel, cement and agricultural products is a big business here, and tourism is an important industry as well. The city also employs numerous nurses in its vibrant health care industry through its many area hospitals.
    • RNs: The Duluth area employs approximately 3,560 RNs, with the average salary coming to $70,250 annually.
    • LPNs: The Duluth area employs approximately 1,380 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $37,530 annually.

Major Hospitals in Minnesota

  • Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, situated in Rochester, is part of the renowned Mayo Health System and is known for the way practitioners approach health care from a background in advanced medical education and research. Mayo Clinic also has a reputation for specializing in hard-to-treat diseases and for high research activity. It has remained on Fortune‘s list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" for a solid eight years.
  • Hennepin County Medical Center. Hennepin County Medical Center is a comprehensive, Level 1 Trauma Center in downtown Minneapolis and part of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. This public hospital has been consistently ranked among "America’s Best Hospitals" as listed by U.S. News & World Report. It’s kidney transplant program was ranked third in the nation by a University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) study.
  • Regions Hospital. Regions Hospital is a private, nonprofit Level 1 Trauma Center situated in St. Paul and established in 1872. It is a part of the HealthPartners family of care. It is known for its special programs in heart, cancer, behavioral health, burn treatment, and emergency/trauma care. The 454-bed hospital averages 75 percent bed occupancy and the ER experiences more than 70,000 visits a year, according to the website.
  • North Memorial Medical Center. North Memorial Medical Center is an independent, Level 1 Trauma Center situated in Robbinsdale serving the Twin Cities area. It was founded in 1954, has 518 licensed beds and more than 5,000 employees. North Memorial has the first Primary Certified Stroke Center in Minnesota and is a leader in women’s heart care.
  • St. Cloud Hospital. St. Cloud Hospital is a Catholic, regional Level II Trauma Center situated in St. Cloud and founded in 1886. The hospital employs nearly 4,300 people and has 489 licensed beds. This regional hospital has been honored as a Magnet hospital by ANCC due to the quality of its nurses and organizational structure.


Augsburg College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1869
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.augsburg.edu

Bemidji State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Bemidji, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1919
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.bemidjistate.edu

Bethel University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1871
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.bethel.edu

College of Saint Benedict School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Saint Joseph, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1887
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.csbsju.edu

College of Staint Catherine School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1905
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.stkate.edu

The College of Saint Scholastica School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1912
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.css.edu

Concordia College Tri-College University Nursing Consortium
Nursing School Location: Moorhead, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1891
Nursing Accredited By:
Nursing School Website: http://www.cord.edu

Gustavus Adolphus College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Saint Peter, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1862
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.gac.edu

Metropolitan State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1971
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.metrostate.edu

Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium
Nursing School Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: N/A
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.stolaf.edu

Minnesota State University Mankato School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Mankato, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1868
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.mnsu.edu

Minnesota State University Moorhead Tri-College University Nursing Consortium
Nursing School Location: Moorhead, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1885
Nursing Accredited By: N/A
Nursing School Website: http://www.mnstate.edu

Saint Cloud State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: N/A
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.stcloudstate.edu

Saint John’s University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Collegeville, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: N/A
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.csbsju.edu

Saint Olaf College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1874
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.stolaf.edu

University of Minnesota Minneapolis School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1851
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.umn.edu

Winona State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Winona, Minnesota
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1858
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.winona.edu