Nursing Program Openings

Current nursing program openings in Minnesota.

Nursing Programs in Minnesota

Updated: November 3, 2022

This document is a listing of nursing programs across the state of Minnesota. It includes information from the program websites, application dates, and location information. The intention of this document is to compile information to include on a website for potential nursing students to access.

Contact:

Dr. Jennifer Eccles, PhD MSN MEd RN

Senior System Director for Nursing Excellence

The Minnesota State HealthForce Center of Excellence

Personal Pronouns: she/her/elle

o: 763-312-3246

jennifer.eccles@winona.edu

Contents

Practical Nursing Programs. 2

Associate of Science in Nursing Programs. 4

Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Programs. 7

Master of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Program… 9

Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Completion Programs. 10

Graduate Certificate Nursing Programs. 11

Master of Science in Nursing Programs. 13

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs. 14

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program… 16

Practical Nursing Programs

College/UniversityLocationPart Time OptionDistance OptionSpring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
Alexandria Technical College   Day program: 2 & 3 semester optionsAlexandriaYesNoFullNo Summer entry 
Anoka Technical CollegeAnokaNoNo FullNo summer entry 
Central Lakes CollegeBrainerdNoNoSpace Available: Apply NowNo Summer entry By June 1
Dakota County Technical CollegeRosemountNoNoApply by Dec 1No summer entryBy June 1
Hennepin Technical CollegeBrooklyn ParkNoNoSpace Available: Apply NowNo Summer entry 
Lake Superior CollegeDuluthNoNoNo Spring EntryNo summer entryJan 20 – Feb 15
Minnesota North CollegeEveleth, Itasca, Rainy RiverNoNoNo Spring EntryNo Summer EntryPriority acceptance by Feb 28
Minnesota State College SoutheastRed Wing and WinonaNoNoApply by Nov 1 for priority acceptanceNo Summer EntryBy June 1 for priority acceptance
Minnesota State Community and Technical CollegeMoorheadNoNoApplications due Oct. 1 No summer entryApply by April 1, 2023
Minnesota West Comm & Tech CollegeOnline, Granite Falls, Pipestone, WorthingtonYesYesNo Spring EntryNo Summer EntryApply June 15 2022-Feb 15, 2023
Northland Community & Technical CollegeEast Grand Forks, Thief River FallsNoNoSep 1 – Oct 1 No summer entryFeb 1 – Mar 1
Northwest Technical CollegeBemidjiNoYesLPN to ASN apply now. Priority deadline Nov 1.No Summer entryPriority deadline Feb 1, applications accepted until full
Pine Technical and Community CollegePine CityNoNoApplications due Nov 9No summer entry 
Rasmussen UniversityEagan Hennepin/Anoka Mankato Moorhead St. CloudYesNoApply nowApply nowApply now
Ridgewater CollegeHutchinson, WillmarNoNoFullNo Summer entry 
Riverland Community CollegeAustinNoNoNo spring 2023 entryNo summer entry Jan 1 – Apr 1
Rochester Community and Technical CollegeRochesterNoNoFullNo Summer entry 
Saint Paul CollegeSt. PaulNoNoSpace Available: Apply NowNo summer entryApplications open in spring
South Central CollegeNorth Mankato & FaribaultNoNoApply Now Applications due by Nov 15thNo summer entryApplications accepted April 1st – June 15th
St. Cloud Technical & Community CollegeSt. CloudYesNoFull No summer entryApplication window Dec 15, 2022-Feb 15, 2023

Associate of Science in Nursing Programs

College/UniversityLocationFor LPNs OnlyPart Time OptionDistance OptionSpring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
Alexandria Technical and Community CollegeAlexandriaYesNoNoFullNo Summer Entry 
Anoka-Ramsey Community CollegeCambridge, Coon RapidsNoNoNoFullNo Summer Entry 
Central Lakes College BrainerdNoNoNoFullNo Summer Entry 
Century College White Bear LakeNoNoNoFullNo Summer Entry 
Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community CollegeCloquetNoNoNoSpace Available: Apply NowNo Summer Entry 
Inver Hills Community CollegeInver Grove HeightsNoNoNoFullNo Summer Entry 
Lake Superior CollegeDuluthNoNoNoApply now—AS Generic and AST open for Spring 2023No Summer EntryJanuary 20-Feb 15, 2023
Minneapolis CollegeMinneapolisNoNoNoFull – Apply by Sep 1No Summer EntryApply by Feb 1
Minnesota North CollegeHibbingNoNoNoSpace Available: Apply NowNo Summer Entry 
Minnesota State College SoutheastRed Wing and WinonaNoNoNoApply Now: Aug 1 – Nov 1No Summer EntryMar 1 – Jun 1
Minnesota State Community and Technical CollegeDetroit Lakes, Wadena, Fergus Falls, MoorheadNoNoNoSpace Available: Apply NowNo Summer Entry 
Minnesota West Comm & Tech CollegeOnline, Granite Falls, Pipestone, WorthingtonYesYesYesNo Spring EntryNo Summer EntryApply June 15, 2022-Feb 15, 2023
Normandale Community CollegeBloomingtonNoNoNoFull – Deadline June 1No Summer EntryDeadline Feb 1
North Hennepin Community CollegeBrooklyn ParkNoNoNoFull Apr 1 – Jun 1No Summer EntryDec 1 – Feb 1
Northland Community & Technical CollegeEast Grand Forks, Thief River FallsYesYesNoPart Time Program: Mar 1 – Sep 30No Summer EntryFull Time Program: Oct 1 – Feb 28
Northwest Technical CollegeBemidjiNoNoNoLPN Step-In Program Sep 1 – Nov 1No Summer EntryTraditional Program Apr 1 – May 20, 2022 extended to July 22, 2022
Pine Technical and Community CollegePine CityYesNoNoFullNo Summer Entry
Rasmussen UniversityBloomington Mankato Moorhead St. CloudYesNoNoApply NowApply NowApply Now
Ridgewater CollegeHutchinson, WillmarNoNoNoFullNo Summer EntryApply Dec 1 2022 – Feb 1, 2023
Riverland Community CollegeAustinNoNoNoNo Spring Entry 2023No Summer EntryJan 1 – Apr 1
Rochester Community and Technical CollegeRochesterNoNoNoFullNo Summer Entry 
South Central CollegeNorth Mankato & FaribaultNoNoNoApply Now Due by Nov 15th No summer entryApplications accepted April 1st – June 15th
St. Cloud Technical & Community CollegeSt. CloudYesNoNoNo spring entryNo Summer EntryDec 1 – Feb 1

Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Programs 

(BSN to become an RN)

College/UniversityLocationSpring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
Bemidji State UniversityBemidjiApplication window: Aug 15 – Sep 15thNo summer entryFall entry for general education courses.
Bethany Lutheran College  MankatoNo spring entryNo summer entryApply Mar 1 – Apr 1
Bethel University: Traditional BSN Program Post-Baccalaureate ProgramSt. Paul    Apply summer-fall of 2022 for spring entry   No spring entry    No summer entry   Priority Applications by Sep 15, final by Jan 15    No fall entry   Priority Applications by Jan 15, final by May 15
College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University  St. JosephNo spring entryNo summer entryApply Mar 1-May 1 2023  for fall 2023 entry
College of St. Scholastica Traditional BSN Program Post-Baccalaureate Program Veteran to BSN ProgramDuluthNo spring entryNo summer entryApply in fall of sophomore year
Concordia College  MoorheadNo spring entryNo summer entryApplications due March 10, 2023
Concordia University, St. Paul

Traditional Track (5-7 seats) Applications due by 15 December

Accelerated BSN Track 10-12 seats) Applications due by 15 December

Traditional BSN Program Accelerated BSN Program
St. Paul      Apply in semester 3 (fall) to start in spring   Apply to ABSN program now      No summer entry   Apply to ABSN program now      Apply in semester 3 (spring) to start in fall   Apply to ABSN program now
Crown CollegeSt. BonifaciusNo spring entryNo summer entrySpace Available: Apply Now
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeSt. PeterNo spring entryNo summer entryApply Mar. 1 – Apr. 1
Herzing University  MinneapolisSpace Available: Apply NowSpace Available: Apply NowSpace Available: Apply Now
Metropolitan State UniversitySt. PaulNo spring entryNo summer entrySpace Available: Apply Now
Minnesota State University MoorheadMoorheadFullApplications open Dec 1Applications open Dec 1
Minnesota State University, MankatoMankatoSpace Available: Apply NowNo summer entry.Applications due February 3
Rasmussen UniversityBloomington/ Hybrid/OnlineSpace Available: Apply NowSpace Available: Apply NowSpace Available: Apply Now
Saint Mary’s University of MinnesotaWinonaSpace Available: Apply NowNo summer entry  Space Available: Apply Now
St. Catherine University  St. PaulSpace Available for both College for Women and College for AdultsNo summer EntrySpace Available:  College for Adults
St. Cloud State UniversitySt. CloudSpace Available: Apply NowNo summer entrySpace Available: Apply Now by January 25th, 2023 
St. Olaf CollegeNorthfieldFullNo summer entryApplications open Fall, 2023
University of MinnesotaMinneapolisNo spring entryNo summer entryApply by November 1
University of St. ThomasSt. PaulNo Spring EntryNo Summer EntryApplications open Mid-February, due Mid-March
Winona State UniversityWinona & RochesterSpace Available: Apply NowSpace Available: Apply NowSpace Available: Apply Now

Master of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Program 

(MSN to become an RN after completing a non-nursing baccalaureate)

College/UniversityLocationSpring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
     
Metropolitan State University St. Paul No spring entryNo summer entryApply by January 15th
St. Catherine UniversitySt. PaulSpace Available:  Apply NowNo summer entryNo fall entry
University of MinnesotaMinneapolis No spring entryNo summer entryApply by November 1
Rasmussen UniversityOnline   
University of St. ThomasSt. PaulNo Spring EntryNo Summer EntryApplication opened on Oct. 1, 2022, due by January 16, 2023

Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Completion Programs 

(BSN after becoming an RN)

College/UniversityLocationSpring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
Augsburg UniversityHybrid /onlineApply nowApply nowApply now
Bethel University100% OnlineApply nowApply nowApply now
Bemidji State University100% OnlineApply nowApply nowApply now
College of St. Scholastica100% OnlineNo spring entryNo summer entryApply now
Metropolitan State University100% Online and Hybrid OptionsApply nowNo summer entryApply now
Minnesota State University Moorhead100% OnlineApply nowNo summer entryApply now
Minnesota State University, Mankato100% OnlineJan Start: Accepting until Dec 15 March Start: Accepting until March 1Accepting until May 1Aug. Start: Accepting until March 1 Oct. Start: Accepting until Oct. 1
Rasmussen University100% OnlineApply nowApply nowApply now
Southwest Minnesota State University100% OnlineApply now for January or March startNo summer entryApply now
St. Catherine University100% OnlineApply nowApply nowApply now
St. Cloud State University100% OnlineNo spring entryNo summer entryFeb 2 for full consideration. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Walden University100% OnlineApply nowApply nowApply now
Winona State University100% OnlineApply nowNo summer entry Apply now

Graduate Certificate Nursing Programs

College/UniversityCertificate TypesLocationSpring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
Minnesota State University MoorheadNurse Educator Certificate

Nursing Administration & Organizational Systems Leadership Certificate
 100% Online           100% OnlineApply now: priority acceptance by Nov 1   Apply now: priority acceptance by Nov 15Priority acceptance by April 15       Priority acceptance by April 15Priority acceptance by April 15       Priority acceptance by June 15
St. Catherine UniversityPsychiatric Mental Health nurse Practitioner (PMHNP Post-Master’s Second CertificateHybrid: Online plus in-person clinicalNo spring admissionNo summer admissionApply Now
University of MinnesotaHealth Care Design and Innovation Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Leadership in Health Information Technology for Health Professionals Certificate

Post-Graduate Certificates in:
 Nov 1 deadline     Nov 1 deadline       No spring admissionNo summer admissionApr 1 deadline     Apr 1 deadline       Priority deadline Dec 15. Applications accepted until March 1.
Walden UniversityNurse Executive –Post-Masters Nursing Informatics – Post-Masters

Nursing Education – Post-Masters

Family Nurse Practitioner – Post-Masters

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Post-Masters

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse practitioner – post-Masters

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care – Post-Masters
100% OnlineApply nowApply nowApply now
Winona State UniversityAdult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Post-Graduate Certificate

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) Post-Graduate Certificate

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Graduate Certificate

Nurse Educator (NE) Post-Graduate Certificate

Nursing & Organizational Leadership (NOL) Post-Graduate Certificate

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Graduate Certificate
VariesNo spring entryNo summer entryOctober 1 for AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP   February 1 for AGCNS, NE, NOL

Master of Science or Master of Arts in Nursing Programs

College/UniversityProgram TypesLocationSpring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
Augsburg UniversityMasters of Arts in Nursing – Transcultural or Leadership focusHybrid/ OnlineApply nowApply nowApply now
Bethel UniversityMaster of Science in Nurse-MidwiferyOnline with intensives in St. PaulNo spring entryNo summer entryApply now
College of St. Benedict/St. John’s UniversityLeadership and Education for PracticeSt. JosephNo spring entryNo summer entryApply now
Minnesota State University MoorheadMaster of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education emphasis

Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration and Organization Systems Leadership emphasis
100% Online           100% OnlineApply now: priority acceptance by Nov 1   Apply now: priority acceptance by Nov 15Priority acceptance by April 15       Priority acceptance by April 15Priority acceptance by April 15       Priority acceptance by June 15
Rasmussen UniversityProfessional Specializations

Nurse Practitioner Specializations:
100% online; NP specializations require one weekend residency at Bloomington, MN, campusApply nowApply nowApply now
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityMSN – Nurse Educator100% OnlineApply nowNo summer entryApply now
St. Catherine UniversityNurse Educator

Nursing Informatics
100% OnlineNov 1March 1June 1
Walden UniversityMSN – Nurse Practitioner, Specialty Practice100% OnlineApply nowApply nowApply now
Winona State UniversityNurse Educator Master of Science

Nursing & Organizational Leadership Master of Science
100% OnlineNo spring entryNo summer entryFeb 1

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

College/UniversityProgram TypesLocationSpring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
Augsburg UniversityFamily Nurse Practitioner – BSN to DNP   Transcultural/Leadership – Post-Masters  Full time – hybrid – some F2F in Minneapolis Hybrid – no on campusNo spring entryNo summer entryApplications open until Aug 15
College of St. Benedict/St. John’s UniversityFamily Nurse Practitioner

Leadership
St. JosephNo spring entryNo summer entryAug 1 to Jan 1
Metropolitan State UniversityFamily Nurse Practitioner DNP

DNP Nurse Anesthetist with Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
Full time, in-person, 9 semesters, St. Paul   Full time, in-person, 39-months, ShoreviewNo spring entry       Next entry Spring 2024: Deadline April 30, 2023No summer entry     No summer entryPriority applications by Nov 1, final deadline Feb 1   No fall entry
Minnesota State University, MankatoPrimary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP    

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner MSN(NP/CNS) to DNP
In-person Full-time Edina     100% Online Part-timeNo spring entry       No spring entryNovember 1     No summer entryNo fall entry         November 1
Rasmussen UniversityPost-Master’s DNP: Executive Leadership Public Health & Policy100% onlineApply nowApply nowApply now
St. Catherine UniversityDoctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master’s

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
St. PaulNo spring entry  No summer entryJune 1
St. Cloud State UniversityComing 2025: Nursing Education Graduate Degree    
University of MinnesotaAdult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist

Family Nurse Practitioner

Health Innovation and Leadership

Integrative Health and Healing

Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse Midwifery

Nursing Informatics

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Women’s Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner
VariesNo spring entryNo summer entryFebruary 15, 2023: Final deadline for all DNP specialties and Post-Master’s option entry in fall 2023 (does not include nurse anesthesia) August 1, 2023: Application deadline for the Nurse Anesthesia specialty entry in 2024  
Winona State UniversityAdult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) DNP

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) DNP

Nursing & Organizational Leadership (NOL) DNP

Practice & Leadership Innovations (PLI) DNP

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) DNP
 VariesNo spring entryNo summer entryOctober 1 for AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP   February 1 for AGCNS, NOL, PLI

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program

UniversityInformationApplications Due
University of MinnesotaThe only PhD in Nursing program in Minnesota. Takes 4-5 years to complete. Options for full time or part time. Courses are offered hyflex: both in the classroom and online. Options for BSN to PhD, MSN to PhD, and Masters in other disciplines to PhD in Nursing.   Research Areas: Health Promotion among Vulnerable PopulationsPrevention and Management of Chronic Health ConditionsSymptom ManagementHealth/Nursing Informatics and Systems ImprovementFall entry only. Priority applications by Dec 1, final applications by Feb 1.