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LPN to RN Programs in Minnesota

Nursing students in Minnesota have the option of attending schools that have partnerships with universities under the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE).  MANE allows students to advance into BSN degrees post-graduation quickly and easily.  This allows students to begin their education at a community college and finish at the university-level, whether it is transferring when appropriate credits are earned or after the RN degree is earned.

 

Minnesota RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

Before a candidate can apply for the NCLEX exam, he/she must submit a Registered Nurse Licensure by Examination Application and submit the necessary non-refundable fee. Candidates must also provide evidence that they have not engaged in conduct, which warranted disciplinary action. The school must submit a completed Confirmation of Program Completion from a nursing program. When these steps have been completed, register to take the NCLEX through the Pearson VUE website and schedule a test when an authorization to test has been received. This authorization is valid for 90 days.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states may obtain licensure in the state of Minnesota by endorsement. In order to be granted licensure by endorsement, candidates must complete the following:
  • Submit a Licensure by Endorsement Application form and fee
  • Verification of Licensure
  • Confirmation of Nursing Employment for Licensure by Endorsement

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

In some cases, nurses can gain licensure after being trained in a foreign country. In order to do so, the following tasks must be completed:
  • Pass an approved English proficiency test such as TOEFL unless the candidate has graduated from a nursing education program in an English-speaking country
  • Successfully pass the NCLEX exam
  • Acceptable non-refundable application fee

Total Schools: 24

Ranked Schools: 24

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.719194.38%

Inver Hills Community College

2500 80th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN - 55076-3224 (651) 450-3000

Inver Hills Community College is located in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.  They offer an ADN and a BSN degree.  Inver Hills Community College helped to develop the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) curriculum, which “encourages a deep understanding of key nursing concepts while addressing the changing health care environment.”

Campus: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Net Price: $11,425.00
Enrollment: 5,944
Transfer Out Rate: 33.60%
Loan Default Rate: $13.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-28.41%
Graduation Rate: 14.00%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7025194.05%

North Hennepin Community College

7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN - 55445 (763) 424-0702

North Hennepin Community College is located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.  They offer an ASN and an ASN – Advanced Standing.  The Advanced Standing is their LPN to RN program.  NHCC students may enroll in a partner school with the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education, which would enable them to complete three semesters post-graduation, allowing them to earn their BSN.

Campus: Brooklyn Park, MN
Net Price: $15,527.00
Enrollment: 7,562
Transfer Out Rate: 26.80%
Loan Default Rate: $15.40
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-0.89%
Graduation Rate: 15.60%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6675193.35%

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, MN - 55433-3470 (763) 433-1100

Anoka-Rapids Community College is located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.  They offer a traditional RN track and an LPN to RN track.  They have articulation agreements with Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Minnesota State University – Mankato, and Winona State University.

Campus: Coon Rapids, MN
Net Price: $12,765.00
Enrollment: 9,320
Transfer Out Rate: 41.50%
Loan Default Rate: $12.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.14%
Graduation Rate: 13.10%
Median Borrowing: 9,125.00%
Median Payment: 95.28%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.658193.16%

Normandale Community College

9700 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN - 55431-4399 (952) 358-8200

Normandale Community College is located in Bloomington, Minnesota.  They offer an ADN program.  While there is not a specific LPN to RN program, LPNs do take a separate transitions course in place of a 9 credit foundations course.  Normandale nursing students can also earn their BSN in conjunction with various partnerships with neighboring colleges.

Campus: Bloomington, MN
Net Price: $13,067.00
Enrollment: 9,508
Transfer Out Rate: 38.90%
Loan Default Rate: $15.80
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-4.50%
Graduation Rate: 15.70%
Median Borrowing: 9,156.00%
Median Payment: 95.60%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.56191.20%

Rochester Community and Technical College

851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN - 55904-4999 (507) 285-7210

Rochester Community and Technical College is located in Rochester, Minnesota.  They offer an ADN degree.  There is not a separate LPN to RN program, but LPNs are given advanced placement based on their past education and licensure.

Campus: Rochester, MN
Net Price: $14,766.00
Enrollment: 6,057
Transfer Out Rate: 27.70%
Loan Default Rate: $14.70
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.53%
Graduation Rate: 19.40%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4685189.37%

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN - 55403-1779 (612) 659-6000
Campus: Minneapolis, MN
Net Price: $14,309.00
Enrollment: 9,691
Transfer Out Rate: 22.60%
Loan Default Rate: $21.00
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.26%
Graduation Rate: 13.70%
Median Borrowing: 10,500.00%
Median Payment: 109.63%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3905187.81%

Alexandria Technical & Community College

1601 Jefferson Streeet, Alexandria, MN - 56308 (320) 762-0221
Campus: Alexandria, MN
Net Price: $13,698.00
Enrollment: 2,845
Transfer Out Rate: 13.70%
Loan Default Rate: $12.50
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-2.89%
Graduation Rate: 54.90%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.375187.50%

Northwest Technical College

905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, MN - 56601-4907 (218) 333-6600
Campus: Bemidji, MN
Net Price: $10,283.00
Enrollment: 1,216
Transfer Out Rate: 17.70%
Loan Default Rate: $23.00
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.77%
Graduation Rate: 29.10%
Median Borrowing: 8,000.00%
Median Payment: 83.53%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3605187.21%

Century College

3300 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake, MN - 55110 (651) 770-3200
Campus: White Bear Lake, MN
Net Price: $9,004.00
Enrollment: 10,073
Transfer Out Rate: 27.10%
Loan Default Rate: $16.80
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-32.35%
Graduation Rate: 12.60%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.335186.70%

Rasmussen College-Minnesota

226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN - 56301-3713 (320) 251-5600
Campus: St. Cloud, MN
Net Price: $20,043.00
Enrollment: 5,485
Transfer Out Rate: 22.00%
Loan Default Rate: $17.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $6.73%
Graduation Rate: 37.10%
Median Borrowing: 14,728.00%
Median Payment: 153.78%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3335186.67%

Central Lakes College-Brainerd

501 West College Drive, Brainerd, MN - 56401-3900 (218) 855-8000
Campus: Brainerd, MN
Net Price: $10,096.00
Enrollment: 4,350
Transfer Out Rate: 14.40%
Loan Default Rate: $18.10
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.27%
Graduation Rate: 34.80%
Median Borrowing: 10,500.00%
Median Payment: 109.63%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.261185.22%

Hibbing Community College

1515 E 25th St, Hibbing, MN - 55746 (218) 262-7200
Campus: Hibbing, MN
Net Price: $8,942.00
Enrollment: 1,376
Transfer Out Rate: 18.20%
Loan Default Rate: $25.40
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.28%
Graduation Rate: 32.20%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.182183.64%

South Central College

1920 Lee Blvd, North Mankato, MN - 56003-1920 (507) 389-7200
Campus: North Mankato, MN
Net Price: $10,658.00
Enrollment: 3,410
Transfer Out Rate: 20.50%
Loan Default Rate: $16.80
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-4.43%
Graduation Rate: 21.60%
Median Borrowing: 10,000.00%
Median Payment: 104.41%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1625183.25%

Ridgewater College

2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, MN - 56201 (800) 722-1151
Campus: Willmar, MN
Net Price: $8,606.00
Enrollment: 3,766
Transfer Out Rate: 14.40%
Loan Default Rate: $16.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.22%
Graduation Rate: 42.80%
Median Borrowing: 9,573.00%
Median Payment: 99.95%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1535183.07%

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

1593 11th Ave, Granite Falls, MN - 56241 (800) 658-2330
Campus: Granite Falls, MN
Net Price: $9,667.00
Enrollment: 3,231
Transfer Out Rate: 12.60%
Loan Default Rate: $16.00
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-4.53%
Graduation Rate: 46.50%
Median Borrowing: 11,000.00%
Median Payment: 114.85%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.147182.94%

St Cloud Technical and Community College

1540 Northway Drive, Saint Cloud, MN - 56303-1240 (320) 308-5000
Campus: Saint Cloud, MN
Net Price: $8,463.00
Enrollment: 4,946
Transfer Out Rate: 22.30%
Loan Default Rate: $13.80
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.26%
Graduation Rate: 28.00%
Median Borrowing: 8,778.00%
Median Payment: 91.65%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0885181.77%

Riverland Community College

1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, MN - 55912-1473 (507) 433-0600
Campus: Austin, MN
Net Price: $9,743.00
Enrollment: 3,308
Transfer Out Rate: 18.60%
Loan Default Rate: $19.00
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $1.71%
Graduation Rate: 31.30%
Median Borrowing: 10,294.00%
Median Payment: 107.48%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0775181.55%

Northland Community and Technical College

1101 Hwy One East, Thief River Falls, MN - 56701 (218) 683-8800
Campus: Thief River Falls, MN
Net Price: $11,274.00
Enrollment: 3,792
Transfer Out Rate: 21.30%
Loan Default Rate: $16.40
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $32.06%
Graduation Rate: 28.30%
Median Borrowing: 11,193.00%
Median Payment: 116.87%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.008180.16%

St Catherine University

2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN - 55105 (651) 690-6000
Campus: Saint Paul, MN
Net Price: $23,994.00
Enrollment: 3,559
Transfer Out Rate: 29.90%
Loan Default Rate: $5.20
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $9.45%
Graduation Rate: 61.20%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 20 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.919178.38%

Lake Superior College

2101 Trinity Rd, Duluth, MN - 55811-3399 (800) 432-2884
Campus: Duluth, MN
Net Price: $13,193.00
Enrollment: 5,394
Transfer Out Rate: 21.50%
Loan Default Rate: $12.10
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.33%
Graduation Rate: 29.10%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 21 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.889177.78%

Pine Technical College

900 4th St SE, Pine City, MN - 55063 (320) 629-5100
Campus: Pine City, MN
Net Price: $11,553.00
Enrollment: 1,098
Transfer Out Rate: 25.00%
Loan Default Rate: $25.80
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $1.47%
Graduation Rate: 22.40%
Median Borrowing: 12,415.00%
Median Payment: 129.63%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 22 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8465176.93%

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical

1250 Homer Rd, Winona, MN - 55987 (507) 453-2700
Campus: Winona, MN
Net Price: $14,315.00
Enrollment: 2,207
Transfer Out Rate: 15.50%
Loan Default Rate: $18.20
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.20%
Graduation Rate: 28.90%
Median Borrowing: 11,000.00%
Median Payment: 114.85%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 23 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.7865175.73%

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN - 56537-1000 (218) 736-1500
Campus: Fergus Falls, MN
Net Price: $11,095.00
Enrollment: 6,464
Transfer Out Rate: 16.40%
Loan Default Rate: $21.00
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.89%
Graduation Rate: 31.80%
Median Borrowing: 10,545.00%
Median Payment: 110.10%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 24 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.5635171.27%

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

2101 14th St, Cloquet, MN - 55720-2342 (218) 879-0800
Campus: Cloquet, MN
Net Price: $9,462.00
Enrollment: 2,272
Transfer Out Rate: 19.70%
Loan Default Rate: $22.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-21.06%
Graduation Rate: 19.70%
Median Borrowing: 11,000.00%
Median Payment: 114.85%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Minnesota

LPN to BSN Programs in Minnesota

The eligibility for acceptance into a Minnesota RN-BSN program has the same general requirements and they include:
  • Current Minnesota RN license
  • Official transcript
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 and a 3.0 in previous nursing courses
  • Completed prerequisite courses
  • Personal reference forms
  • Official degree plan completed with an academic advisor
Programs can be completed online or at a campus but the programs are very similar. There is usually a transition course that must be completed before other nurse courses. A typical program requires the following courses:
  • Theoretical Foundation for Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Research
  • Care of Diverse Populations
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing to Promote Successful Aging
  • Leadership and Professional Development

 

Minnesota RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

Before a candidate can apply for the NCLEX exam, he/she must submit a Registered Nurse Licensure by Examination Application and submit the necessary non-refundable fee. Candidates must also provide evidence that they have not engaged in conduct, which warranted disciplinary action. The school must submit a completed Confirmation of Program Completion from a nursing program. When these steps have been completed, register to take the NCLEX through the Pearson VUE website and schedule a test when an authorization to test has been received. This authorization is valid for 90 days.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states may obtain licensure in the state of Minnesota by endorsement. In order to be granted licensure by endorsement, candidates must complete the following:
  • Submit a Licensure by Endorsement Application form and fee
  • Verification of Licensure
  • Confirmation of Nursing Employment for Licensure by Endorsement

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

In some cases, nurses can gain licensure after being trained in a foreign country. In order to do so, the following tasks must be completed:
  • Pass an approved English proficiency test such as TOEFL unless the candidate has graduated from a nursing education program in an English-speaking country
  • Successfully pass the NCLEX exam
  • Acceptable non-refundable application fee

Total Schools: 26

Ranked Schools: 14

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7875195.75%

Concordia College at Moorhead

901 S 8th St, Moorhead, MN - 56562 (218) 299-4200

Concordia College is located in Moorhead, Minnesota.  They offer both a traditional BSN program and an accelerated BSN program; their accelerated BSN program is offered to students with a prior bachelor’s degree.  Their program is unique in that students occasionally get to travel abroad as a nursing outreach program.

Campus: Moorhead, MN
Net Price: $21,075.00
Enrollment: 2,531
Loan Default Rate: $2.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $10.35%
Graduation Rate: 71.00%
Median Borrowing: 24,960.00%
Median Payment: 260.61%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6775193.55%

Saint Cloud State University

720 Fourth Ave. South, Saint Cloud, MN - 56301-4498 (320) 308-0121

St. Cloud State University is located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.  They offer both a BSN and an RN to BSN program.  St. Cloud State University is proud to note that they offer education to over 700 student veterans and active military servicemen and servicewomen.

Campus: Saint Cloud, MN
Net Price: $12,884.00
Enrollment: 15,134
Transfer Out Rate: 34.10%
Loan Default Rate: $7.20
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.58%
Graduation Rate: 47.10%
Median Borrowing: 15,575.00%
Median Payment: 162.62%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.669193.38%

Crown College

8700 College View Drive, Saint Bonifacius, MN - 55375-9001 (952) 446-4100

Crown College is located in Bonifacius, Minnesota.  It is a private Christian College offering a BSN degree.  The BSN program is a biblically-based nursing education, including a Christian core of classes, in addition to nursing classes and other core classes.

Campus: Saint Bonifacius, MN
Net Price: $21,538.00
Enrollment: 1,139
Loan Default Rate: $6.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $3.56%
Graduation Rate: 51.50%
Median Borrowing: 19,125.00%
Median Payment: 199.69%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.649192.98%

Bemidji State University

1500 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, MN - 56601 (800) 475-2001

Bemidji State University is located in Bemidji, Minnesota.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  They also offer a study abroad program in May, where students have the ability to travel to South Africa, in conjunction with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Campus: Bemidji, MN
Net Price: $12,749.00
Enrollment: 4,727
Transfer Out Rate: 35.60%
Loan Default Rate: $8.50
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.82%
Graduation Rate: 46.40%
Median Borrowing: 13,625.00%
Median Payment: 142.26%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.571191.42%

Winona State University

8th and Johnson St, Winona, MN - 55987-5838 (507) 457-5000

Winona State University is located in Winona, Minnesota.  They offer a pre-licensure program (a BSN program) and an RN-BSN completion program.  They are proud to note that 96% of their 2012-13 graduates have job placement as RNs.

Campus: Winona, MN
Net Price: $16,455.00
Enrollment: 8,253
Transfer Out Rate: 35.30%
Loan Default Rate: $4.40
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.10%
Graduation Rate: 56.10%
Median Borrowing: 18,750.00%
Median Payment: 195.77%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5515191.03%

Minnesota School of Business-Richfield

1401 W 76 St, Richfield, MN - 55423 (612) 861-2000

Minnesota School of Business is located in Richfield, Minnesota.  Don’t let the name deceive you – they offer a BSN program in an on-campus format, either during the day or in the evening!  The college originally began as Globe College in 1885 and has slowly evolved into the college it is today.

Campus: Richfield, MN
Net Price: $21,461.00
Enrollment: 947
Loan Default Rate: $15.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-12.43%
Graduation Rate: 12.50%
Median Borrowing: 25,333.00%
Median Payment: 264.51%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4565189.13%

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN - 55455-0213 (612) 625-5000
Campus: Minneapolis, MN
Net Price: $15,531.00
Enrollment: 34,449
Transfer Out Rate: 14.80%
Loan Default Rate: $3.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-3.05%
Graduation Rate: 75.40%
Median Borrowing: 21,432.00%
Median Payment: 223.77%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

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Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4535189.07%

Bethel University

3900 Bethel Dr, Saint Paul, MN - 55112 (651) 638-6400
Campus: Saint Paul, MN
Net Price: $26,837.00
Enrollment: 3,280
Loan Default Rate: $3.60
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $13.42%
Graduation Rate: 71.00%
Median Borrowing: 21,500.00%
Median Payment: 224.48%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

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Ranked: 9 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.416188.32%

Gustavus Adolphus College

800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter, MN - 56082-1498 (507) 933-8000
Campus: Saint Peter, MN
Net Price: $24,535.00
Enrollment: 2,449
Loan Default Rate: $2.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $8.58%
Graduation Rate: 82.30%
Median Borrowing: 26,457.00%
Median Payment: 276.24%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

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Ranked: 10 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3995187.99%

Minnesota State University-Mankato

South Rd and Ellis Ave, Mankato, MN - 56001 (507) 389-1866
Campus: Mankato, MN
Net Price: $12,808.00
Enrollment: 13,467
Transfer Out Rate: 35.50%
Loan Default Rate: $4.70
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.70%
Graduation Rate: 48.60%
Median Borrowing: 16,456.00%
Median Payment: 171.82%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

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Ranked: 11 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3405186.81%

The College of Saint Scholastica

1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN - 55811-4199 (218) 723-6000
Campus: Duluth, MN
Net Price: $22,112.00
Enrollment: 2,917
Loan Default Rate: $4.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-1.80%
Graduation Rate: 68.40%
Median Borrowing: 21,283.00%
Median Payment: 222.22%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

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Ranked: 12 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1665183.33%

Herzing University-Minneapolis

5700 W Broadway, Minneapolis, MN - 55428-3548 (763) 535-3000
Campus: Minneapolis, MN
Net Price: $16,134.00
Enrollment: 262
Loan Default Rate: $16.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-3.75%
Graduation Rate: 73.30%
Median Borrowing: 14,471.00%
Median Payment: 151.09%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 13 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1635183.27%

St Catherine University

2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN - 55105 (651) 690-6000
Campus: Saint Paul, MN
Net Price: $23,994.00
Enrollment: 3,559
Transfer Out Rate: 29.90%
Loan Default Rate: $5.20
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $9.45%
Graduation Rate: 61.20%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

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Ranked: 14 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.028180.56%

Metropolitan State University

700 E Seventh St, Saint Paul, MN - 55106-5000 (651) 793-1212
Campus: Saint Paul, MN
Net Price: $12,269.00
Enrollment: 7,647
Transfer Out Rate: 35.50%
Loan Default Rate: $6.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-7.77%
Graduation Rate: 33.90%
Median Borrowing: 16,271.00%
Median Payment: 169.89%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

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Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Minnesota

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Walden University N/A Minneapolis, MN CCNE, NCATE
N/A Augsburg College N/A Minneapolis, MN CCNE, NCATE
N/A Minnesota State University-Moorhead N/A Moorhead, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD
N/A College of Saint Benedict N/A Saint Joseph, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND
N/A Saint Johns University N/A Collegeville, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND, CAATS
N/A Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota N/A Winona, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND, CAATS, COA
N/A St Olaf College N/A Northfield, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND, CAATS, COA, NASD, NAST
N/A Capella University N/A Minneapolis, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND, CAATS, COA, NASD, NAST
N/A National American University-Roseville N/A Roseville, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND, CAATS, COA, NASD, NAST
N/A National American University-Bloomington N/A Bloomington, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND, CAATS, COA, NASD, NAST
N/A National American University-Brooklyn Center N/A Brooklyn Center, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND, CAATS, COA, NASD, NAST
N/A University of Phoenix-Minneapolis St Paul Campus N/A Saint Louis Park, MN CCNE, NCATE, ASHA, NASAD, ACEND, CAATS, COA, NASD, NAST

Minnesota RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

Before a candidate can apply for the NCLEX exam, he/she must submit a Registered Nurse Licensure by Examination Application and submit the necessary non-refundable fee. Candidates must also provide evidence that they have not engaged in conduct, which warranted disciplinary action. The school must submit a completed Confirmation of Program Completion from a nursing program. When these steps have been completed, register to take the NCLEX through the Pearson VUE website and schedule a test when an authorization to test has been received. This authorization is valid for 90 days.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states may obtain licensure in the state of Minnesota by endorsement. In order to be granted licensure by endorsement, candidates must complete the following:
  • Submit a Licensure by Endorsement Application form and fee
  • Verification of Licensure
  • Confirmation of Nursing Employment for Licensure by Endorsement

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

In some cases, nurses can gain licensure after being trained in a foreign country. In order to do so, the following tasks must be completed:
  • Pass an approved English proficiency test such as TOEFL unless the candidate has graduated from a nursing education program in an English-speaking country
  • Successfully pass the NCLEX exam
  • Acceptable non-refundable application fee

Minnesota LPN Jobs by City

Minnesota RN Job Outlook

There are many options available to nurses who have obtained a bachelor’s degree. Some of the options include: long-term care facilities, hospice, occupational, public health departments, clinics, schools, and home health. This degree will prove to be worth the time and hard work that are used in obtaining a bachelor’s degree. There are currently more than 57,000 registered nurses working in Minnesota earning a mean average income of $67,930 annually. Salaries are dependent on years of experience, education, and specialization area. The management positions tend to pay a higher salary.

Minnesota Registered Nursing Salaries 

The Minneapolis metropolitan area has the largest amount of registered nurses employed than any other area. However, the St. Cloud metropolitan area has the highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Duluth, MN-WI 3,430 $30.98 $64,430
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 1,470 $25.93 $53,940
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 33,410 $36.21 $75,330
Rochester, MN 6,720 $29.85 $62,090
St. Cloud, MN 2,320 $38.89 $80,900
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,680 $31.74 $66,020
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 940 $29.25 $60,840
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 2,250 $28.50 $59,270
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 2,240 $27.13 $56,430
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data