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Prospective nurses in Minnesota should consider the state’s public nursing programs. All offer an affordable and high-quality education.

Public nursing schools
Public colleges and universities are the ideal choice for students wishing to pursue a nursing career in a cost-effective manner. As state-sponsored institutions, public nursing schools provide students a superb learning environment at a significantly lower tuition cost. In fact, public school enrollees typically pay about half the tuition charged at comparable private institutions. Many students pursue part-time jobs in local healthcare facilities, which also helps to decrease the financial burden.

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Public schools offer several nursing educational paths, including two-year degrees, standard four-year programs, and specialized graduate vocational programs. Training varies in length and content based on the program, but always provides a state-qualified education and valuable preparation for the desired nursing role.

Training and career prospects in Minnesota
Public nursing institutions in Minnesota differ greatly in size and program breadth. Some of the most popular schools include the University of Minnesota, Northwest Technical College, and Metropolitan State University, all of which are known for their advanced research facilities and stimulating learning environments. Graduates of these schools can seek immediate employment in many local hospitals and healthcare facilities, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and Allina Health.

Find the most affordable nursing education in Minnesota by using our attached list of the state’s public nursing programs.

Twin Cities metro area

Anoka Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Century College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Dakota County Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Hennepin Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Inver Hills Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Metropolitan State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Normandale Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
North Hennepin Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Saint Paul College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Minnesota
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science

Other Minnesota cities

Alexandria Technical & Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Bemidji State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Central Lakes College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Hibbing Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Itasca Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Lake Superior College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Nursing Education
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Northland Community and Technical College - Thief River Falls
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Northwest Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pine Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Rainy River Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Ridgewater College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Riverland Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Rochester Community and Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Saint Cloud State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
South Central College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
St Cloud Technical and Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Winona State University
Programs offered: Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Nursing Education; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration
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