Explore the Minnesota School of Nursing

As the baby boomer generation ages, Minnesota will see both a shortage of nurses and an influx of patients needing care. As a result, there is a current nursing shortage across the state. Nationally, registered nurse roles are projected to increase with 175,900 openings each year, on average, over the decade—growing to a total of approximately 3.3 million jobs.

Rasmussen has been educating Minnesotans for over 120 years, since it first opened in 1900. Now, during a time when nurses are needed the most, Rasmussen University is proud to be the #1 educator of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) in Minnesota in 2021, and the most Associate degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates in the country.7

Step up and take on the challenge at Rasmussen University. We’re proud to offer innovative, career-focused programs designed for today’s competitive landscape. And in the nursing profession, there’s no place like Minnesota—it’s widely seen as one of the country’s top healthcare hubs.

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Prepare for a Variety of In-Demand Nursing Roles in Minnesota

  • Registered nurse (RN)
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • Medical-surgical nurse
  • Intensive care unit RN
  • Nurse case manager
  • Home health RN
  • Emergency room RN
  • Operating room RN
  • Clinical nurse
  • Travel RN

+4,900

Projected annual job openings in Minnesota for RNs (2018–2028)

$80,960

Mean annual wage of RNs in Minnesota (2020)

$49,840

Mean annual wage of LPNs in Minnesota (2020)

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Bloomington Campus

4400 West 78th Street
6th Floor
Bloomington, MN 55435
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Eagan Campus

1305 Corporate Center Drive
Eagan, MN 55121
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Hennepin/Anoka Campus

5555 96th Avenue N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
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Lake Elmo/Woodbury Campus

8565 Eagle Point Circle
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Rasmussen Mankato campus building

Mankato Campus

1400 Madison Avenue, Suite 510
Mankato, MN 56001
Rasmussen Moorhead campus building

Moorhead Campus

1250 29th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56560
Rasmussen St. Cloud campus building

St. Cloud Campus

226 Park Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Nursing Programs in Minnesota

The right program on every level.

Whether you’re just starting out or ready to lead, there are a variety of Nursing program options available at our eight Minnesota campuses.

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  • Practical Nursing - Diploma
    • On-campus and online classes
    • Field experience
    • Self-directed assessments (optional)

    Getting started starts here. You'll grow your nursing skills as you prepare for the NCLEX-PN®8 exam in a smaller class size with a bigger support system. Develop real world skills while you earn your degree and seek licensure.

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  • Professional Nursing - Associate's Degree (ADN/RN)
    • On-campus and online classes
    • Field experience
    • Self-directed assessments (optional)

    The right choice if you’re just starting out in the field, or moving from an LPN to an RN. This program gives you thorough preparation and the necessary tools to sit for the NCLEX-RN®9 exam. Immersive training and simulation experiences prepare you for clinicals.

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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Bachelor's Degree
    • On-campus and online classes
    • Field experience
    • Self-directed assessments (available for standard degree)

    Our standard entry option is for students without a Bachelor's degree and our accelerated second degree entry option is for students with a Bachelor's degree who want to make a career change into nursing. Our BSN offers robust support, tutoring assistance and small interactive classes to help you earn the licensure you need to become an RN.

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  • RN to BSN - Bachelor's Degree
    • Online classes
    • Online Empowered Learning: learn by doing real-world projects and manage your pace
    • Practicum experience in your local community
    • Campus support and resources (optional)

    If you are already a licensed RN, broaden your knowledge and expand your skills by earning a BSN degree. Focusing on strategic leadership and practices, the program is constructed to provide flexibility for busy schedules. And it will help prepare you for the leadership role you want.

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  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Master's Degree
    • Online classes
    • Online Empowered Learning: learn by doing real-world projects and manage your pace
    • Practicum experiences in your local community
    • Campus support and resources (optional)

    Patients know how important you’ve been in their lives. Now it’s time to guide fellow nurses and take your career to new heights. This MSN program features three specializations: Nursing Leadership and Administration, Nursing Education, and Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics. Combining online learning and in-person experiences, you’ll be honing your skills at a higher level.

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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Doctoral Degree
    • Online classes
    • Online Empowered Learning: learn by doing real-world projects and manage your pace
    • Practice experiences in your local community
    • Campus support and resources (optional)

    For nurses called to lead at the highest levels in healthcare and public health and policy. Choose from two specializations: Executive Leadership or Public Health and Policy.

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"Rasmussen's ever-evolving Nursing curriculum and integration with new technology in our courses and classrooms are putting us on the forefront for training nurses prepared for the future."

Krista Hoekstra
Rasmussen University Area Dean of Nursing

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 2022] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 2022] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  2. 22.7% of successful NCLEX-RN® attempts in MN in 2021 were from Rasmussen University graduates.
  3. 11.8% of successful NCLEX-PN® attempts in MN in 2021 were from Rasmussen University graduates.
  4. Labor Market Employment Outlook Statistics reported through CareerOneStop, [employment information accessed July 27, 2021] https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode= 291141&location=mn.. Projected Annual Job Openings in Minnesota for the occupation listed refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 27, 2021] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mn.htm. BLS salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions may vary.
  6. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average growth for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses due to a number of reasons, including an aging population. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook [source data accessed March 31, 2022] https://www.bls.gov/OOH/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm
  7. According to Associate Degree Registered Nurse conferrals from 2016–2020 as reported in IPEDS.
  8. NCLEX-PN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
  9. NCLEX-RN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
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