We've organized a comprehensive list of Minnesota nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Minnesota city.

Nursing is America’s largest healthcare profession. In the state of Minnesota, you will find a thriving healthcare community of more than 115,000 licensed nurses. Even in smaller cities like Saint Cloud, nurses form a large and growing share of the workforce. The Saint Cloud metropolitan area is home to 2,310 registered nurses (RNs), 1,160 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 1,320 certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

Rochester, Minnesota, is home to a population of more than 11,000 nursing professionals. These individuals work in a broad range of nursing roles. With a population of more than 8,000, registered nurses (RNs) make up the largest group of local healthcare professionals. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are the second-largest, numbering over 1,500 in the metropolitan area. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are the third-largest group, with 880 licensed professionals.

If you would like to start a nursing career in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, you will need a degree or certificate from an accredited nursing school. Fortunately, the metro area of more than 230,000 residents is home to several accredited schools with highly regarded nursing programs. North Dakota State University in Fargo offers bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree programs. The university also has a BSN track for existing registered nurses (RNs), called an RN-to-BSN completion program.

The so-called "Twin Ports" of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, are located along the western shores of Lake Superior. Together, they form a large metropolitan area of approximately 280,000 inhabitants. Aspiring nurses in the Twin Ports area can start their careers with a certificate, diploma, or degree from an accredited local nursing school.

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 master of science in nursing (MSN) is a graduate degree program that trains students for specialty careers in advanced practice nursing. Unlike more general associate’s and bachelor's degree programs, MSN programs enable students to narrow the focus of their studies and specialize. Students can choose to focus on nursing administration, nursing education, adult health, public health, community nursing, or a number of other subfields.

The registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) program enables existing nurses who hold only associate's degrees to pursue a higher level of education without ever having to take time away from work. The RN-to-BSN program incorporates classroom learning and hands-on experience into its curriculum, bridging the gap between the associate’s degree in nursing and the bachelor of science in nursing.