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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide basic bedside care including measuring and recording patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, and pulse. They also ensure the comfort of patients by helping patients with bathing, dressing, and moving around. LPNs may also help to feed ailing patients.

Aspiring LPNs can launch their new career path very quickly, since most LPN programs span a short 12 to 18 months. LPN programs are offered at numerous Minnesota schools, most of them public institutions like Anoka Technical College and Central Lakes College in Brainerd. A few private institutions like Rasmussen College in Saint Cloud also offer LPN education. Most of Minnesota’s LPN programs award a certificate at completion, although several of the state’s technical colleges also offer a more advanced two-year associate's degree program. LPN candidates must successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination before commencing practice.

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Minnesota’s licensed practical nurses can expect to earn a median annual salary of $41,070. Top LPNs in the state earn over $45,000 annually. LPNs are in great demand at Minnesota’s major healthcare employers, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and Allina Health System.

To facilitate your search for the best LPN education, we've compiled below a list of the top licensed practical nursing programs in Minnesota.

Twin Cities metro area

Anoka Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Dakota County Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Hennepin Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Saint Paul College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Other Minnesota cities

Rochester Community and Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Ridgewater College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Riverland Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Lake Superior College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Rasmussen College - Minnesota
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
South Central College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
St Cloud Technical and Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Central Lakes College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northwest Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Pine Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Itasca Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 79.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northland Community and Technical College - Thief River Falls
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 75.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
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