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Private nursing schools provide a high-quality education in a stimulating learning environment. Knowing the advantages of a private-school nursing education is essential for students looking to begin their nursing career successfully.

Private nursing schools in Minnesota
Best known for their high-quality education, private nursing schools in Minnesota are the top option for prospective nursing students. Private nursing education offers several advantages including small class sizes, increased student-to-student interaction, and more opportunities for experiments and fieldwork. Private colleges and universities help each student achieve her potential by offering an attractive faculty-to-student ratio. Discussion and collaboration are also frequently encouraged, helping prospective nurses develop critical communication skills. Undergraduates are eligible for various scholarships and federal financial aid, which help reduce tuition costs by thousands of dollars each year.

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Private schools offer a wide selection of programs accommodating all career paths. Employers typically prefer graduates who have earned a four-year or advanced degree, such as a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or a master of science in nursing (MSN). Training differs greatly by program but centers primarily on advanced nursing science and healthcare management.

Training and career prospects
For two-year degree seekers, American Indian OIC is a top option, producing highly qualified licensed practical nurses and registered nurses with an associate’s degree (ADN). Four-year students can choose from well-known programs at Saint Olaf College, Augsburg College, and Mayo University of Health Sciences. Upon graduation and successful passing of the national licensure exam, students can seek employment at one of Minnesota’s many healthcare facilities, hospitals, or clinics.

If attending a private nursing school is the best choice for you, consult our attached list of private nursing programs in Minnesota.

Twin Cities metro area

American Indian OIC
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Augsburg College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Bethel University
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration
Crown College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Globe University / Minnesota School of Business
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Herzing University - Minneapolis
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
National American University - Bloomington
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
St Catherine University - Minneapolis
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
St Catherine University - Saint Paul
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nursing
University of Northwestern - St Paul
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Other Minnesota cities

College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Concordia College at Moorhead
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Gustavus Adolphus College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Mayo School of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Graduate Certificate in Perioperative, Operating Room, and Surgical Nursing
Presentation College - Fairmont
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Rasmussen College - Minnesota
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
St Olaf College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
The College of Saint Scholastica
Programs offered: Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Geriatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
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