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

The shorter-term nursing programs offered at Minnesota’s vocational, career, and community colleges require less training and practice than four-year degree programs. These rapid programs offer prospective nurses favorable career opportunities, provide critical knowledge, and are very efficient in both time and cost.

Community colleges for nursing
Community colleges are an ideal option for students seeking immediate employment, since they focus on the most crucial skills and knowledge for nursing vocations. Community colleges require just 12 to 18 months of training for licensed practical nurse (LPN) candidates and two years of associate’s degree education for prospective registered nurses (RNs). Career advancement is not constricted by the reduced timeframe. LPNs can seek more advanced degrees after a period in the workforce, while RNs with two-year degrees can pursue the RN-to-BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) programs offered throughout Minnesota.

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Training and career outlook
Nursing students can look forward to a multitude of career opportunities despite only two years of training. Students gain first-hand experience through internships or part-time jobs at local medical facilities that incorporate classroom training into real-life application. Minnesota offers vocational education at a number of community and technical colleges across the state. Allina Health – with its 13 major hospitals, over 90 clinics, and 16 pharmacies – provides one of the best career options for community college graduates.

Find the best Minnesota community college nursing programs by consulting the attached list of local vocational and technical schools.

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
Century College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Dakota County Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hennepin Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Inver Hills Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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

Other Minnesota cities

Alexandria Technical & Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Central Lakes College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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
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 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
Rainy River Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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
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
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