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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.

Twin Cities metro area

Inver Hills Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Normandale Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North Hennepin Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Century College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
St Catherine University - Minneapolis
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 78.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Anoka Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Dakota County Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hennepin Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Saint Paul College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing

Other Minnesota cities

Rasmussen College - Minnesota
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Rochester Community and Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Hibbing Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northwest Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Central Lakes College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
South Central College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ridgewater College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
St Cloud Technical and Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Riverland Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Lake Superior College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Pine Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 70.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northland Community and Technical College - Thief River Falls
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
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