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Home to a variety of programs, Minnesota offers prospective nursing students a wide array of options. In order to find the right educational path, it is important to understand the different roles available to candidates.

Nursing assistant
Nursing assistant positions are the second-most popular occupation in the healthcare industry, largely due to their short training period. Typically lasting only eight to ten weeks, nursing assistant programs are best suited for students who want to quickly pursue employment in the healthcare industry. Common tasks for nursing assistants include aiding elderly, chronically sick, and rehabilitating patients.

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Minnesota has many technical institutes and community colleges with nursing assistant training programs. Since nursing assistants are gaining prominence, graduates have very favorable career prospects. Predictions show employment growing by 21% through 2022, making the nursing assistant role one of the occupations with the largest job growth.

Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
For students who can afford a longer-term commitment to their education, licensed practical nursing is another great option. As the intermediary step between nursing assistant and registered nurse, the LPN role requires more intensive training, typically 12 to 18 months before a student can take the national licensure examination. An LPN can perform a wide range of tasks including basic bedside care, administering medication, and performing therapy under the supervision of experienced registered nurses. Prospective LPNs can earn their certificate or associate’s degree at most community colleges in Minnesota. Over 17,000 licensed practical nurses are currently employed in Minnesota, earning an average annual salary of $41,000.

Registered nurse (RN)
Dedicated nursing candidates can choose to become registered nurses, who comprise the largest group of healthcare workers. Minnesota’s aspiring RNs have three degree options: associate’s degree in nursing, bachelor of science in nursing, and direct-entry master’s degree. Typical training for registered nurses lasts two to four years with rigorous practice and extensive medical education, making registered nursing one of the most skilled and versatile nursing positions. Many of Minnesota’s four-year universities and colleges offer degrees in registered nursing. With more than 30 years of experience, Favorite Healthcare Staffing is an accomplished local recruiter of Minnesota’s registered nurses.

If you want to start your nursing career in Minnesota, consult the list of top nursing programs in the state below.

Twin Cities metro area

American Indian OIC
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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
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: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
Century College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Crown College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Dakota County Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Globe University / Minnesota School of Business
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Hennepin Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Herzing University - Minneapolis
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Inver Hills Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Associate's in Registered Nursing
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
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
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
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 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
University of Northwestern - St Paul
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

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
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
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Gustavus Adolphus College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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
Mayo School of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Graduate Certificate in Perioperative, Operating Room, and Surgical Nursing
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: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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
Presentation College - Fairmont
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Rainy River Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Rasmussen College - Minnesota
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
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
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
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
St Olaf College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
The College of Saint Scholastica
Programs offered: 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; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Geriatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Nursing
Winona State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's 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; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Nursing Education
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