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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.

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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
Century College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Dakota County Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hennepin Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Inver Hills Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Normandale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Hennepin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Paul College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
American Indian OIC Minneapolis
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Anoka Technical College Anoka
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Century College White Bear Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Dakota County Technical College Rosemount
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Normandale Community College Bloomington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Paul College Saint Paul
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Minnesota cities

Alexandria Technical & Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Central Lakes College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Minnesota State College Southeast
  • 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 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 and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Rainy River Community College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
South Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Central Lakes College Brainerd
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Cloquet
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hibbing Community College Hibbing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Itasca Community College Grand Rapids
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Superior College Duluth
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Virginia
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Minnesota State College Southeast Winona
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Worthington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks East Grand Forks
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northland Community and Technical College - Thief River Falls Thief River Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Technical College Bemidji
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pine Technical and Community College Pine City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Rainy River Community College International Falls
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ridgewater College Willmar
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Riverland Community College Austin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Central College North Mankato
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate