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 Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 25 24
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 81.98% 85.04%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 61.99% 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 RNCareers.org 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 ADN Century College 1 162 White Bear Lake Public Campus ACEN See School Details
92.65 ADN Hibbing Community College-A Technical and Community College 2 194 Hibbing Public Campus See School Details
91.05 ADN St Cloud Technical and Community College 3 254 Saint Cloud Public Campus See School Details
90.96 ADN Lake Superior College 4 260 Duluth Public Campus ACEN See School Details
90.78 ADN Normandale Community College 5 267 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.

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89.11 ADN Inver Hills Community College 6 322 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.”

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88.60 ADN Rochester Community and Technical College 7 342 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.

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87.21 ADN South Central College 8 399 North Mankato Public Campus ACEN See School Details
84.56 ADN Ridgewater College 9 496 Willmar Public Campus ACEN See School Details
82.79 ADN North Hennepin Community College 10 547 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 ADN St Catherine University 11 559 Saint Paul Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
81.97 ADN Minnesota State Community and Technical College 12 560 Fergus Falls Public Campus, Online See School Details
81.67 ADN Alexandria Technical & Community College 13 571 Alexandria Public Campus See School Details
81.10 ADN Minneapolis Community and Technical College 14 577 Minneapolis Public Campus ACEN See School Details
81.01 ADN Northland Community and Technical College 15 578 Thief River Falls Public Campus ACEN See School Details
80.53 ADN Pine Technical College 16 585 Pine City Public Campus See School Details
77.13 ADN Anoka-Ramsey Community College 17 638 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.

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76.69 ADN Minnesota West Community and Technical College 18 642 Granite Falls Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
75.23 ADN Riverland Community College 19 656 Austin Public Campus ACEN See School Details
74.52 ADN Central Lakes College-Brainerd 20 663 Brainerd Public Campus See School Details
72.42 ADN Northwest Technical College 21 680 Bemidji Public Campus, Online See School Details
64.62 ADN Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical 22 711 Winona Public Campus See School Details
49.69 ADN Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College 23 730 Cloquet Public Campus See School Details
93.42 BSN Herzing University-Minneapolis 1 156 Minneapolis Private For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
92.54 BSN Concordia College at Moorhead 2 188 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.

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92.06 BSN Crown College 3 211 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.

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92.04 BSN Saint Cloud State University 4 212 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.

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90.54 BSN Winona State University 5 257 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.

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88.37 BSN College of Saint Benedict 6 314 Saint Joseph Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
88.09 BSN Bemidji State University 7 321 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.

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87.32 BSN University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 8 338 Minneapolis Public Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
87.13 BSN St Catherine University 9 345 Saint Paul Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
85.39 BSN The College of Saint Scholastica 10 390 Duluth Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
82.09 BSN Bethel University 11 452 Saint Paul Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
79.81 BSN Minnesota State University-Mankato 12 476 Mankato Public Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
55.03 BSN National American University-Bloomington 13 538 Bloomington Private For-Profit Campus See School Details