In our Minnesota RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Minnesota RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Minnesota, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Minnesota RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs2524
Average NCLEX Passing Rate81.98%85.04%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range61.99% to 91.59%61.88% to 95.65%
Average Net Price$12,185.24$19,283.76
Average Net Price Range$8,463.00 to $23,994.00$12,269.00 to $26,915.00
Average Student Loan$10,748.60$18,017.42
Average Student Loan Range$8,000.00 to $25,000.00$8,549.00 to $26,457.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Minnesota

Best Ranked RN Programs in MinnesotaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Minnesota and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 24 ADN degree programs and 17 BSN degree programs in Minnesota. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Minnesota to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

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93.40 ADNCentury College1162 White Bear LakePublicCampusACENSee School Details
92.65 ADNHibbing Community College-A Technical and Community College2194 HibbingPublicCampusSee School Details
91.05 ADNSt Cloud Technical and Community College3254 Saint CloudPublicCampusSee School Details
90.96 ADNLake Superior College4260 DuluthPublicCampusACENSee School Details
90.78 ADNNormandale Community College5267 Bloomington

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.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
89.11 ADNInver Hills Community College6322 Inver Grove Heights

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.”

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
88.60 ADNRochester Community and Technical College7342 Rochester

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.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
87.21 ADNSouth Central College8399 North MankatoPublicCampusACENSee School Details
84.56 ADNRidgewater College9496 WillmarPublicCampusACENSee School Details
82.79 ADNNorth Hennepin Community College10547 Brooklyn Park

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.

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82.00 ADNSt Catherine University11559 Saint PaulPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
81.97 ADNMinnesota State Community and Technical College12560 Fergus FallsPublicCampus, OnlineSee School Details
81.67 ADNAlexandria Technical & Community College13571 AlexandriaPublicCampusSee School Details
81.10 ADNMinneapolis Community and Technical College14577 MinneapolisPublicCampusACENSee School Details
81.01 ADNNorthland Community and Technical College15578 Thief River FallsPublicCampusACENSee School Details
80.53 ADNPine Technical College16585 Pine CityPublicCampusSee School Details
77.13 ADNAnoka-Ramsey Community College17638 Coon Rapids

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.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
76.69 ADNMinnesota West Community and Technical College18642 Granite FallsPublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
75.23 ADNRiverland Community College19656 AustinPublicCampusACENSee School Details
74.52 ADNCentral Lakes College-Brainerd20663 BrainerdPublicCampusSee School Details
72.42 ADNNorthwest Technical College21680 BemidjiPublicCampus, OnlineSee School Details
64.62 ADNMinnesota State College-Southeast Technical22711 WinonaPublicCampusSee School Details
49.69 ADNFond du Lac Tribal and Community College23730 CloquetPublicCampusSee School Details
93.42 BSNHerzing University-Minneapolis1156 MinneapolisPrivate For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
92.54 BSNConcordia College at Moorhead2188 Moorhead

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.

Private Not-For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
92.06 BSNCrown College3211 Saint Bonifacius

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.

Private Not-For-ProfitCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
92.04 BSNSaint Cloud State University4212 Saint Cloud

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.

PublicCampusCCNESee School Details
90.54 BSNWinona State University5257 Winona

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.

PublicCampus, HybridACEN, CCNESee School Details
88.37 BSNCollege of Saint Benedict6314 Saint JosephPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
88.09 BSNBemidji State University7321 Bemidji

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.

PublicCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
87.32 BSNUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities8338 MinneapolisPublicCampus, HybridACEN, CCNESee School Details
87.13 BSNSt Catherine University9345 Saint PaulPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
85.39 BSNThe College of Saint Scholastica10390 DuluthPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
82.09 BSNBethel University11452 Saint PaulPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
79.81 BSNMinnesota State University-Mankato12476 MankatoPublicCampus, HybridACEN, CCNESee School Details
55.03 BSNNational American University-Bloomington13538 BloomingtonPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details