Minnesota Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide is designed to provide you with key information on the many nursing programs available in the state of Minnesota. Minnesota’s colleges and universities allow students to earn an undergraduate or a graduate degree online or on campus, with concentrations in nursing education, pediatric nurse practitioner, and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. If you need a more flexible option to earning a nursing degree, you may want to consider an online program from such institutions as Bethel University or Walden University, the latter of which is one of several online universities that feature bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs.

Minnesota School Facts:

  • 24 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 26 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 12 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: St. Olaf College 86%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Metropolitan University 44%.1
  • Highest net price*: Walden University $28,434.1
  • Lowest net price*: Bemidji State University $12,287.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Minnesota with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $6,898 – $39,560.2
  • 1 school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (21).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Read below where you will find several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs available in Minnesota.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Minnesota

Minnesota College in Richfield
Minnesota College in Richfield features a three-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students will be introduced to a diverse menu of topics encompassing care of children, holistic care, leadership and management, behavioral health care, and nurse as a provider of care. Labs, which feature mannequins and role playing, allow nursing majors to gain hands-on experience from different perspectives. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Prospective students can register for and attend a free nursing education seminar at the college.

Bethel University
Bethel University provides current registered nurses with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through the 39 credit RN to BSN program. The 20-month program runs in a cohort format with classes available both online and in hybrid format (a combination of online and on-campus classes). On-campus classes generally meet once a week and are offered at four locations: Bloomington, Arden Hills, Pine Technical College, and North Hennepin Community College. Both online and hybrid formats require students to take one class at a time. Coursework is diverse and consists of ethics, nursing leadership, nursing informatics, the professional nurse, and public health nursing.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Minnesota

St. Catherine University
Graduate students in St. Catherine University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program opt for one of three concentrations in nursing education, pediatric nurse practitioner, or adult gerontology nurse practitioner. The 36 credit nurse education concentration spans two years and requires students to complete a minimum of 480 hours in a practicum. A capstone course is also mandatory. The 39 credit pediatric nurse practitioner concentration generally takes a year and a half to complete with coursework covering health promotion, alterations in health, and chronic illness and specialty health. Students opting for the adult gerontology concentration will also take 39 credits, over a year and a half on a full-time basis, to fulfill degree requirements.

University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota features a Master of Nursing (MN) geared toward students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The graduate program prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and for certification in Public Health Nursing in Minnesota. Students must commit to the 53 credit program, which runs 16 months, on a full-time basis. Coursework focuses on adults and elders, children and childbearing families, nursing research, and science of nursing intervention. Clinical practicums, which allow for hands-on experience, are also required. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree and submit GRE scores and two letters of recommendation.

Reviews of Minnesota Nursing Programs

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-6000

I am very happy I got to experience nursing at St. Catherine University. It’s the first school, in a long time that I truly enjoy. Nursing school was a challenging and very rewarding experience. How hard it was for each individual varied, but we had a mix of students. We had young students straight out of high school and we had adults who were married with children. St. Kate’s did well to accommodate to those with full time jobs and parents by providing evening classes. One thing that was challenging was the lack of organization. Sometimes I felt like it was all over the place and honestly, sometimes I felt like we could have learned the material ourselves by reading the books. These were bad days however. Otherwise I truly loved it there and recommend it especially to parents with kids.” – Student at St. Catherine University

Winona State University-Rochester
859 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-7100

This college is very geared toward Nursing as most the students who start plan for the Nursing major. However the GPA cut off for the preferred status for acceptance into the program after 3 Semesters is 3.5. I love the Rochester campus because we do our clinical experience at the Mayo Clinic which is experience parallel to none. Our class in Rochester is about 55 so we all get to know each other and the teachers know us by name which is excellent when thinking about letters of recommendation for scholarships. Overall it is a great community and fun environment for one of their most stressful times in my life.” – Student at Winona State University-Rochester

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=MN&major=nursing&sort=best