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An associate's degree in nursing (ADN) program is one of the most common pathways for aspiring nurses in Minnesota. Most ADN programs focus on initial licensure for the registered nursing (RN) role, while a few provide deeper exposure to the licensed practical nursing (LPN) role.

The career prospects for RNs and LPNs in Minnesota are promising, with local healthcare employers actively hiring for both roles. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Allina Health System are two significant local healthcare employers. Top Minnesota LPNs can earn over $45,000 per year, while the state’s RNs can bring home more than $80,000 annually.

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The short duration of associate's degree programs makes them particularly appealing. The ADN course of study can be completed full-time in just two years, and it is frequently offered at local public schools like Rochester Community and Technical College. Some campuses also offer these programs during alternative hours for working professionals; for example, Saint Paul College hosts weekday evening classes for its MCTC Associate Degree in Professional Nursing. While class schedules will vary by school and enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time), most students should expect to attend classes and clinical labs two to four times per week.

To illustrate the breadth of associate’s degree options in Minnesota, we’ve compiled below a complete list of ADN programs at the state’s top nursing schools.

Featured Schools

Twin Cities metro area

Inver Hills Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Normandale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North Hennepin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Century College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
St. Catherine University - Minneapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Hennepin Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Inver Hills Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.4% 2011 to 2012
Normandale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.2% 2009 to 2012
North Hennepin Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.8% 2009 to 2012
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2012
Century College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.8% 2011 to 2012
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2012
St. Catherine University - Minneapolis
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.8% 2009 to 2017
Hennepin Technical College
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing

Other Minnesota cities

Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Hibbing Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northwest Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Alexandria Technical & Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Central Lakes College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
South Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Ridgewater College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Rasmussen College - St. Cloud
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Riverland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Lake Superior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Pine Technical and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rochester Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2012
Hibbing Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2009 to 2012
Northwest Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.2% 2009 to 2012
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.4% 2009 to 2012
Central Lakes College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2009 to 2012
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.2% 2009 to 2012
South Central College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.8% 2009 to 2012
Ridgewater College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.9% 2009 to 2012
Rasmussen College - St. Cloud
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.8% 2010 to 2012
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.1% 2011 to 2012
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.6% 2009 to 2012
Riverland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.9% 2009 to 2012
Lake Superior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2009 to 2012
Pine Technical and Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% 2012 to 2012
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.3% 2009 to 2012
Minnesota State College Southeast
Associate's Degree in Nursing 74.5% 2009 to 2012
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 70.1% 2009 to 2012