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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.

Featured Schools

Twin Cities metro area

American Indian OIC
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Anoka Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Augsburg College
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bethel University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Century College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concordia University, St. Paul
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Crown College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Dakota County Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Globe University / Minnesota School of Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hennepin Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Herzing University - Minneapolis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Inver Hills Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Metropolitan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
National American University - Bloomington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
National American University - Brooklyn Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Roseville
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Normandale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Hennepin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rasmussen College - Bloomington
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Saint Paul College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Catherine University - Minneapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Catherine University - St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Minnesota cities

Alexandria Technical & Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Bemidji State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Central Lakes College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
College of St. Scholastica
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Concordia College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hibbing Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Itasca Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Superior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Fellowship in Perioperative Nursing
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northland Community and Technical College - Thief River Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pine Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Presentation College - Fairmont
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Rainy River Community College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rasmussen College - Mankato
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Rasmussen College - St. Cloud
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Ridgewater College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Riverland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Saint Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest Minnesota State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Olaf College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Winona State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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