Online Nursing Programs in Minnesota

Updated March 10, 2021

Minnesota offers many options for registered nurses wanting to continue their education. Two schools in the Minnesota State University system offer online nursing degrees; Minnesota State University at Mankato has an online RN to BSN program and Minnesota State University-Moorhead offers an online BSN and an online Master of Science in Nursing. Minnesota nurses must renew their licenses every two years and complete 24 contact hours of continuing education within that time period.

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Comprehensive List of Online Nursing Schools in Minnesota

School Annual Tuition NCLEX Pass Rate Locations
# Anoka Technical College $5,584 Not Reported Anoka
# Augsburg University $38,800 Not Reported Minneapolis
# Bemidji State University $8,696 70.69% Bemidji
# Bethel University - MN $37,300 97.06% Saint Paul
# Capella University $14,579 Not Reported Minneapolis
# Cardinal Stritch University $29,998 80.0% Multiple Locations
# The College of Saint Scholastica $37,212 89.44% Duluth
# Concordia University - Saint Paul $22,275 69.57% Saint Paul
# Herzing University $14,000 94.83% Multiple Locations
# Metropolitan State University $14,980 90.48% Saint Paul
# Minnesota State University at Mankato $16,235 91.36% Mankato
# Minnesota State University-Moorhead $15,906 Not Reported Moorhead
# Minnesota West Community and Technical College $10,838 83.82% Granite Falls
# National American University Online $10,575 85.71% Multiple Locations
# Northland Community and Technical College $5,549 92.31% Thief River Falls (and 1 other)
# Northwest Technical College $5,488 83.33% Bemidji
# Rasmussen University $10,935 82.41% Multiple Locations
# Rasmussen University Online Not Provided 82.41% Multiple Locations
# Rochester Community and Technical College $5,639 84.82% Rochester
# Saint Cloud State University $16,499 95.24% St. Cloud
# Saint Mary's University of Minnesota $35,110 74.0% Winona
# St. Catherine University $39,554 96.23% Saint Paul
# University of Minnesota Online $20,946 88.49% Minneapolis (and 4 others)
# University of Northwestern - St. Paul $31,540 100.0% Saint Paul
# University of Phoenix $9,552 90.0% Nationwide
# Walden University Not Provided Not Reported Minneapolis
# Winona State University $15,348 95.09% Winona

Becoming a Nurse in Minnesota

The Minnesota Board of Nursing handles all applications for nursing licenses in the North Star State. Nursing schools in Minnesota offer students the chance to learn the practice of nursing and to prepare for the exams they will need to pass in order to receive their LPN, RN, APRN or CNA licenses. Nursing programs in Minnesota must be approved by the board in order to qualify for the ability to prepare students for their exams.

More than 64,500 RNs and 3,900 nurse practitioners are employed in the state. RNs make an annual mean wage of $77,540, which is higher than the national average, and nurse practitioners make an annual mean wage of $116,150.

How to Get Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health maintains the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. Those hoping to work as a nursing assistant in Minnesota need to complete a state-approved nursing assistant training program. Afterward, applicants are required to pass a test that is both written- and skills-based. Once individuals pass both parts of the test, they will be added to the Minnesota nursing assistant registry.

In order to stay on the registry, nurses must have worked at least eight hours in their field in the past two years and received monetary compensation for that work. In addition, nursing assistants in Minnesota must fill out the nursing assistant registry update form and mail it to the Minnesota Department of Health before their two-year period has expired or they will be removed from the list.

How to Get a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) License in Minnesota

In Minnesota, LPN licenses are obtained in much the same way that RN licenses are. Minnesota nursing licenses for LPNs require the student to first complete an approved LPN nursing program and submit a Confirmation of Program Completion form with their LPN license application, which costs $105. They must also submit a background check, which costs $33.25. After they have applied and are given permission by the board, they may register to take the NCLEX-PN exam. Registration is through Pearson Vue, and there is a fee. After taking and passing the exam, applicants will receive their license in the mail.

As with an RN license, it costs $85 to renew one's Minnesota LPN license, and this renewal must occur every two years for nurses to keep their license. LPN licenses can also be obtained through endorsement, and the fee for applications by endorsement is $105.

How to Get a Registered Nursing (RN) License in Minnesota

Minnesota nursing licenses for registered nurses, or RNs, may be obtained through the state nursing board. Students who wish to apply for a Minnesota RN license must complete a nursing program and submit their RN application to the board with a $105 application fee. They must also submit to a criminal background check, the cost of which is $33.25. Applicants must pay the total of $138.25 in the form of a money order. The criminal background check will also require fingerprinting, the packet for which applicants will receive in the mail. After the completed application is sent in, students must register with Pearson Vue to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and pay the exam fee. Once they pass the exam, they will receive their license through the mail.

Those who are already licensed in another state may apply for a license by endorsement and pay the $105 application fee. Renewal is required every two years, and the fee for renewal is $85.

How to Get an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License in Minnesota

Minnesota nurses can pursue an APRN license in four specialties: certified nurse practitioner (CNP), certified nurse midwife (CNM), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), or clinical nurse specialist (CNS). Those applying must already hold an RN license in Minnesota. To apply for a Minnesota advanced practice registered nurse license, they must have earned a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school or program approved by the Minnesota board and have proof of graduation. They must complete the first two pages of the APRN application form and send in documentation detailing their national certification in specialty area APRN applicants must also submit to a criminal background check, report any previous convictions or pleas, and avoid committing acts of omission.

Renewing one's APRN license has an $85 fee and requires a current or concurrently renewing RN license in the state of Minnesota. The renewal of an RN license has a separate fee of $85. One may apply for both license renewals online through the Minnesota Board of Nursing's website.

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