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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.

Twin Cities metro area

Globe University / Minnesota School of Business
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bethel University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Crown College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
University of Minnesota
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Metropolitan State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Herzing University - Minneapolis
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
St Catherine University - Saint Paul
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
National American University - Bloomington
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Augsburg College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
National American University - Brooklyn Center
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
National American University - Roseville
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of Northwestern - St Paul
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Other Minnesota cities

Concordia College at Moorhead
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Saint Cloud State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bemidji State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Winona State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Presentation College - Fairmont
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Gustavus Adolphus College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
The College of Saint Scholastica
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Rasmussen College - Minnesota
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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