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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

In Minnesota, there are a number of different opportunities in the nursing field, and aspiring nurses can choose from various career paths. It is important to consider which career path is right for you before deciding upon an education program. Below, you can find out a little more about some of the major roles in nursing.

The quickest way to enter the nursing profession is to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). CNAs are charged with frontline patient care and responsible for basic healthcare tasks. CNA programs are affordable and typically only take a few weeks to complete. The next level is the licensed practical nurse (LPN). LPNs have more responsibility than nursing assistants, but still report to registered nurses and physicians. Those interested in becoming an LPN must complete a 12- to 18-month program. With even more responsibility, registered nurses (RNs) provide for a very high level of patient care. Aspiring RNs can pursue either a two-year associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). The highest-level nurses pursue master of science in nursing (MSN) degrees and can specialize in a number of subfields.

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Job availability should be a key consideration in choosing which role is right for you, so it is important to research potential jobs and employers in the Twin Cities metro area. RNs, for example, are much more common and in higher demand than other roles. Some of the largest healthcare employers in the metropolitan area include the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Allina Health System.

Overall career prospects are strong for nursing professionals in the Twin Cities metro area. The annual median salary is about $28,000 per year for certified nursing assistants; $43,000 per year for licensed practical nurses; over $70,000 per year for registered nurses; and between $96,000 and $150,000 per year for advanced practice registered nurses such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists.

To facilitate your research, we've compiled below a comprehensive list of nursing programs and careers in the Twin Cites metro area.

Twin Cities metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
Master's in Registered Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2011)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Doctor's in Nursing Science
Anoka Technical College
1355 US Highway 10 West | Anoka, Minnesota 55303
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East | Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota 55076
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Normandale Community College
9700 France Avenue South | Bloomington, Minnesota 55431
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North | Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
University of Minnesota
100 Church Street SE | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Master's in Registered Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Administration
Globe University / Minnesota School of Business
1401 West 76th Street | Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
11200 Mississippi Boulevard NW | Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street East | Rosemount, Minnesota 55068
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Avenue | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration
Crown College
8700 College View Drive | Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Boulevard | Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Century College
3300 Century Avenue North | White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Herzing University - Minneapolis
5700 West Broadway Avenue | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55428
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Avenue | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
St Catherine University - Saint Paul
2004 Randolph Avenue | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: 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; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing
St Catherine University - Minneapolis
601 25th Avenue South | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 78.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
National American University - Bloomington
7801 Metro Parkway, Suite 200 | Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
American Indian OIC
1845 East Franklin Avenue | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Avenue | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
National American University - Brooklyn Center
6120 Earle Brown Drive, Suite 100 | Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
National American University - Roseville
1550 West Highway 36 | Roseville, Minnesota 55113
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of Northwestern - St Paul
3003 Snelling Avenue North | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55113
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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