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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.


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: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • 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)