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The so-called "Twin Ports" of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, are located along the western shores of Lake Superior. Together, they form a large metropolitan area of approximately 280,000 inhabitants. Aspiring nurses in the Twin Ports area can start their careers with a certificate, diploma, or degree from an accredited local nursing school.

Fortunately, the metropolitan area is home to several nursing schools that collectively offer a broad range of nursing programs. For example, the School of Nursing at The College of Saint Scholastica offers a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP). Lake Superior College has a professional nursing associate of science (AS) degree program.

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The three most popular nursing career paths in this region are registered nurse (RN), certified nursing assistant (CNA), and licensed practical nurse (LPN). The Duluth area is home to approximately 3,800 RNs, 1,800 CNAs, and over 1,100 LPNs, respectively.

Duluth RNs earn an average annual salary of $62,420. Highly qualified RNs, like those with a BSN or DNP degree, can earn $74,000-$91,000 or more annually. The area’s CNAs average $28,280 per year, with annual salaries ranging as high as $32,000-$38,000. Local LPNs earn an average salary of $40,660, with the pay of top performers frequently hitting $46,000-$50,000.

In addition to competitive salaries, nursing graduates in the Twin Ports area can take advantage of numerous local employment options. Major hospitals and healthcare centers in the area include St. Luke’s Hospital, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, and Twin Ports VA Clinic.

Below is a list of nursing schools in Duluth, Minnesota, and the Twin Ports metropolitan area. These institutions offer accredited nursing programs in all areas of this rapidly growing career path.

 

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Duluth nursing schools by NCLEX score

Lake Superior College
2101 Trinity Road | Duluth, Minnesota 55811
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hibbing Community College
1515 East 25th Street | Hibbing, Minnesota 55746
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street | Cloquet, Minnesota 55720
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue | Duluth, Minnesota 55811
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
1001 Chestnut Street West | Virginia, Minnesota 55792
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lake Superior College Diploma in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hibbing Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2009 to 2012
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Diploma in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 70.1% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of St. Scholastica Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.2% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Diploma in Practical Nursing 81.3% 2009 to 2012