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If you’re thinking about becoming a registered nurse (RN), then taking the time to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is a worthwhile investment in your future. Employers are making it increasingly important for RNs to hold bachelor’s degrees in order to remain competitive in the field. Besides, RNs have such important responsibilities in healthcare, it is essential that you prepare for the challenges by giving yourself the best education available.

There are two main types of bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs. The first type is the pre-licensure BSN program; this requires both classroom learning and hands-on experience, and it prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Pre-licensure BSN programs cater specifically to those who are not already registered nurses. Overall, there are about 20 pre-licensure BSN programs offered in Minnesota, including various state colleges and public universities such as Metropolitan State University. Many schools in the state have collaborated to offer the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education Bachelor of Science in Nursing (MANE BSN) program, which provides a more seamless student experience by offering admission into multiple schools with a single application.

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The second category of BSN programs caters to existing registered nurses who wish to earn a bachelor's degree. There are about 15 RN-to-BSN programs available in Minnesota, including private schools such as Augsburg College and St. Catherine University. The RN-to-BSN program is specifically designed to provide nurses with the opportunity to advance their education and career prospects. In addition, some programs offer flexible scheduling and online courses, allowing nurses to pursue a higher level of education without ever having to take time away from work.

Registered nurses with BSN degrees are in high demand in Minnesota. With large healthcare employers in both the public and private sectors, job prospects are strong. The median salary for registered nurses in Minnesota is around $70,560 per year.

To help you find the BSN program that's right for you, we've compiled the below list of the top BSN programs in Minnesota.

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Twin Cities metro area

University of Northwestern
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Globe University / Minnesota School of Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Metropolitan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Crown College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Bethel University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Minneapolis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
St. Catherine University - St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Bloomington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Augsburg University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University, St. Paul
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Brooklyn Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Roseville
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Bloomington
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Northwestern
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.1% 2014 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Globe University / Minnesota School of Business
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2009 to 2012
University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2009 to 2017
Metropolitan State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.1% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Crown College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2009 to 2017
Bethel University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.9% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Minneapolis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2012 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN/Paramedic-to-BSN Bridge Program
St. Catherine University - St. Paul
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.2% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Bloomington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66.7% 2011 to 2012
Augsburg University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University, St. Paul
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Brooklyn Center
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Roseville
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Bloomington
Accelerated Second Degree BSN

Other Minnesota cities

St. Olaf College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Concordia College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Winona State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Presentation College - Fairmont
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Bemidji State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of St. Scholastica
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bethany Lutheran College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Mankato
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Minnesota State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Olaf College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.7% 2016 to 2017
Concordia College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.4% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
St. Cloud State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.2% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Winona State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.4% 2009 to 2017
Presentation College - Fairmont
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.3% 2009 to 2012
Gustavus Adolphus College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2016 to 2017
Bemidji State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.6% 2011 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of St. Scholastica
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.2% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bethany Lutheran College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Minnesota State University Moorhead
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Mankato
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Minnesota State University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion