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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Minnesota

Each year, roughly 2.2% of Minnesota students graduate with degrees in nursing. That means an estimated 4,058 registered nurses graduate from Minnesota's 46 RN schools each year.

Top Schools

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, which is located in Minneapolis, is the top-ranked school in Minnesota that has a RN program. It received a ranking of 14th in the country in 2010. In 2010, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities graduated 274 students from its RN program. Tuition at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities was $12,288 per year.

The second-ranked school in Minnesota that has a RN program is College of Saint Benedict. College of Saint Benedict, which was ranked 27th in the country in 2010, is located in Saint Joseph. In 2010, 44 students graduated from College of Saint Benedict RN program. The tuition rate at College of Saint Benedict was $32,246 per year.

Saint Johns University, which was ranked 27th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Minnesota that has a RN program. It is located in Collegeville. In 2010, Saint Johns University graduated 2 students from its RN programs. The tuition rate at Saint Johns University was $31,576 per year.


Rn schools in Minnesota, charge students an average tuition of $12,675 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $36,800 per year, or as little as $4,551 per year. The Minnesota RN schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. St. Olaf College - located in Northfield, students are charged $36,800 per year
  2. Gustavus Adolphus College - located in Saint Peter, students are charged $33,500 per year
  3. College of Saint Benedict - located in Saint Joseph, students are charged $32,246 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Minnesota RN schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Anoka-Ramsey Community College - located in Minneapolis, students are charged $4,551 per year
  2. Lake Superior College - located in Duluth, students are charged $4,608 per year
  3. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College - located in Cloquet, students are charged $4,770 per year

A RN degree from a Minnesota school... what next?

Most people who graduate from RN school in Minnesota go on to work as a registered nurse. If you decide to work as a registered nurse in Minnesota, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 56,010 Minnesota registered nurses as of 2010. In Minnesota, the largest numbers of registered nurses work in the following counties:

  1. Anoka County - 34,060 registered nurses
  2. Dodge County - 6,660 registered nurses
  3. Carlton County - 3,690 registered nurses

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of registered nurses in the state of Minnesota will grow to 69,330. This would require a 22% growth in the profession.


On average, a registered nurse earns a salary of $73,770 per year in Minnesota state. However, Minnesota registered nurses earned anywhere in the range from as less than $40,430 per year to more than $101,220 per year in 2010. The counties in Minnesota with the highest average salary for a registered nurse are:

  1. Dodge County - $79,460 per year
  2. Anoka County - $75,810 per year
  3. Benton County - $74,600 per year

On average, registered nurses earns the least in the following Minnesota counties:

  1. Big Stone County - $62,110 per year
  2. Brown County - $62,970 per year
  3. Becker County - $64,890 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in nursing in Minnesota and to compare salaries with various related fields such as nurse assisting or forensic nursing, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in Minnesota
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in Minnesota
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in Minnesota
  • Doctoral Degree in Nursing in Minnesota
  • Certificate in Nursing in Minnesota

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 56,010 $73,770 13.4%

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