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Nursing Schools in Minnesota - MN

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Minnesota nursing schools are graduating some of the most sought after nurses in the country. Unfortunately, the Minnesota nursing schools aren’t graduating enough of them. This has created the largest nursing shortage the state of Minnesota has ever seen and it is projected to get worse.

With the economic recession there was an easing of the shortage as veteran nurses stayed in their positions well past their intended retirement dates and those nurses in retirement decided to comeback out to supplement their incomes. This caused a huge backlash as new graduate nurses began to have a difficult time finding job openings. Though times are tough, the economy will improve and nursing will be set for another round of shortages, potentially greater than the first time around. This is all meant to encourage people to continue to pursue their goals in nursing. To learn more about this and pre-licensure nursing requirements, check out the article Become a Nurse in Minnesota.

Online Nursing Schools in Minnesota

This site is working to help meet the demand for qualified nurses in the state of Minnesota by offering online nursing programs through CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited nursing schools. Nursing programs in Minnesota have become increasingly competitive and many times they turn away hundreds of qualified applicants each year. As more and more hospitals seek to fill RN vacancies with highly educated nurses holding baccalaureate degrees in nursing the impact on nursing programs continues to worsen. Our solution is for those registered nurses seeking an advanced degree is to pursue it online. These schools offer LPN to BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, and many MSN programs with different specialties. There are many benefits to an online nursing program including the flexibility to balance your career and classes and the fact that online nursing program cost per credit is comparable to campus based nursing programs in Minnesota.

Minnesota Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information

The Minnesota nursing shortage has created an opportunity for current nurses and potential nurses. With the increasing demand for registered nurses, primarily those with advanced education (BSN or MSN), nurses are able to choose their career path, specialization and name their price. With the future job security created by the projected demand for nurses, there hasn’t been a better time to start or advance your career in nursing.

According to Roxanne Wilson, director of educational resources for St. Cloud Hospital, "The need for nurses is particularly acute in our region and especially in the rural areas," "We hire about 50 registered nurses each year, but we could hire 100 to 150 throughout the year if qualified applicants were available. Nurses are fairly mobile, and we have our best retention success with nurses who are originally from central Minnesota."

Salary.com reports that the median annual salary for a staff nurse (RM) in Duluth is $58,891, in Minneapolis/St. Paul is $63,015, in Rochester is $60,562, in St. Cloud is $57,688. As you can see nursing salaries in Michigan will vary by location as well as by experience and specialization.

According to the the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, the average hourly wage for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants was $11.16 in MN and in the Twin Cities $12.27, well above the national average of $9.79.  LPNs earned an average hourly wage of $15.23 in MN and $16.45 in the Twin Cities, again near and above the national average. Registered nurses, including advanced practice nurses earned an average hourly wage of $24.61 in MN and $25.58 in the Twin Cities, above the national average of $23.58. These numbers are six years old and according to state of Minnesota and national salary reports, nursing wages have continued to increase over the last 5 years. You can most likely anticipate better wages than those just stated depending on your experience and location.



Minnesota Campus Schools:


National American University
Campus Locations:   Sioux Falls | Minneapolis | Saint Paul | More...
Programs: Nursing BSN B.S. , Medical Assisting A.A.S. , Online Nursing RN-to-BSN B.S.


Sanford-Brown College
Campus Locations:   Saint Paul | MInneapolis
Programs: Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant


Rasmussen College
Campus Locations:   Minneapolis | Saint Cloud | Lake Elmo | More...
Programs: Health ScienceÂ’s Associate's , Medical Assisting Diploma


Argosy University
Campus Locations:   Saint Paul
Programs: Medical Assisting (AAS)


Globe University/MSB
Campus Locations:   Minneapolis | Lakeville | Elk river
Programs: AAS-Medical Assistant


Everest Institute
Campus Locations:   Saint Paul
Programs: Medical Assistant (Diploma)



Online Schools:


ECPI University
Online Programs:   Nursing (RN-BSN) - Bachelor's


Medical Career Institute
Online Programs:   RN to BSN


Keiser University
Online Programs:   Medical Assisting, AS (Online)


The College Network
Online Programs:   LPN/LVN to RN - AS in Nursing (Licensed LPN/LVNs only) , LPN/LVN to RN - BS in Nursing - Indiana St. - (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)


University of Phoenix
Online Programs:   RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Ohio Christian University
Online Programs:   Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


Allied Health Institute
Online Programs:   Medical Assistant


Allied Schools
Online Programs:   Medical Assisting


California University of Pennsylvania
Online Programs:   RN-BSN Program in Nursing


Grand Canyon University
Online Programs:   B.S. in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)

Minnesota State Board of Nursing Associate's Degree Nursing (ADN) Programs

Alexandria Technical College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
(Admits LPNs only)
1601 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-762-0221

Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
11200 Mississippi Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
763-433-1100

Central Lakes College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
(Admits LPNs only)
218-855-8000

College of St. Catherine
Associate Degree Nursing Program
601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
651-690-7712

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Associate Degree Mobility Nursing Program
(Admits LPNs and advanced standing students only)
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
218-879-0888

Hibbing Community College
Program in Nursing
1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, Minnesota 55746 218-262-6700

Inver Hills-Century Colleges
Associate Degree Nursing Program
1) Century Community and Technical College
3401 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
651-779-3200
2) Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
651-450-8500

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(Admits LPNs and advanced standing students only)
612-659-6000

Lake Superior College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, Minnesota 55811
(Admits LPNs only)
218-733-7600

Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Associate in Science - Nursing Mobility Program (RN)
Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road
Winona, Minnesota 55987 507-453-2700

Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
Detroit Lakes
900 Highway 34 East - Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
800-492-4836

Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Associate Degree Nursing
Worthington Campus
1450 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187
(Admits LPNs and advanced standing students only)
507-372-3400

Normandale Community College Nursing Program
9700 France Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55431
952-487-8200

North Hennepin Community College
Nursing Program
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
763-424-0759

Northland Community and Technical College
Associate in Science Degree Nursing Program
1101 Highway One East
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
(Admits LPNs only)
218-681-0701

Northwest Technical College, Bemidji
Associate Degree Mobility Nursing Program
(Admits LPNs only)
905 Grant Avenue SE
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-6600

Ridgewater College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
2101 15th Avenue NW
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
(Admits LPNs and advanced standing students only)
320-222-5200

Riverland Community College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
1900 Eighth Avenue NW
Austin, Minnesota 55912
507-433-0600

Rochester Community and Technical College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, Minnesota 55904
507-285-7210

South Central College
Associate Degree Nursing Program
1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, Minnesota 56003
(Admits LPNs and advanced standing students only)
Phone: 507-389-7200

Minnesota State Board of Nursing Approved Baccalaureate in Nursing Programs

National American University

This Pre-Licensure BSN program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.

Program Offered: Nursing BSN

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Bemidji State University
Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Department of Nursing
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-755-3860

Bethel University
Nursing Department
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55112-6999
Phone: 651-638-6336

College of St. Benedict/St. John's University Department of Nursing
37 College Avenue South
St. Joseph, Minnesota 56374
320-363-5404

College of St. Catherine
Department of Nursing
(Admits students to two tracks:
1) no baccalaureate degree
2) baccalaureate degree in another field)
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105 651-690-6585

College of St. Scholastica
School of Nursing
(Admits students to two tracks:
1) no baccalaureate degree
2) baccalaureate degree in another field)
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, Minnesota 55811
218-723-6025

Concordia College Nursing Program
(Admits students to two tracks:
1) no Baccalaureate degree
2) baccalaureate degree in another field)
901 8th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56562
218-299-4060

Crown College
Baccalaureate Nursing Program
8700 College View Drive
St Bonifacius, MN 55387
Phone: 952-446-4100

Globe University/Minnesota School of Business
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
1401 West 76th Street
Richfield, MN 55423
Phone: 612-861-2000

Gustavus Adolphus and St. Olaf Colleges
MN Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, Minnesota 55057-1098
St. Olaf, Northfield: 507-646-3265

Metropolitan State University College of Nursing and Health Sciences
(Only admits students with a degree in another field)
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106-5000
651-793-1375

Minnesota State University, Mankato
School of Nursing
(Admits students to 3 tracks:
1) no baccalaureate degree
2) baccalaureate degree in another field
3) LPN to BSN)
Wissink Hall 360
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
507-389-6022

Minnesota State University Moorhead
School of Nursing and Health Nursing Department
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
Phone: 218-477-2693

Presentation College Baccalaureate Nursing Program
(Admits students to two tracks:
1) Traditional baccalaureate track
2: LPN to BSN track)
Fairmont Campus
115 South Park Street, Suite 102
Fairmont, MN 56031
507-235-4658

St. Cloud State University
Department of Nursing Science
(Admits students to two tracks:
1) no baccalaureate degree
2) baccalaureate degree in another field)
228 Brown Hall
720 4th Avenue S
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

University of Minnesota
School of Nursing
5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-7980

Winona State University
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Department of Nursing
175 W Mark St.
Winona, Minnesota 55987-5838
507-457-5120

Minnesota State Board of Nursing Approved (Pre-Licensure) Masters in Nursing Programs

University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Master of Nursing (MN) Program
(Only admits students with a degree in a field other than nursing)
5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-7980

     

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