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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.

Featured Schools

Twin Cities metro area

Anoka Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Dakota County Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Hennepin Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Saint Paul College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Anoka Technical College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 95.9% 2009 to 2012
Dakota County Technical College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2012
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 89.6% 2009 to 2012
Hennepin Technical College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 88.7% 2009 to 2012
Saint Paul College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 82.4% 2009 to 2012

Other Minnesota cities

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