Of Minnesota's 2,710 nurse practitioners (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012), many practice in urban areas, such as Minneapolis-St. Paul region, or in rural areas, where residents typically lack access to quality healthcare. According to a recent report by Minnesota's Office of Rural Health & Primary Care (2010), "rural Minnesota in particular continues to experience an ongoing need for high quality primary care... especially in those areas of the state with growing numbers of elderly residents."
That means there is an on-going need for nurse practitioners who are willing to live and work in the less-populated western and northern parts of the state.
Minnesota nurse practitioners must have a collaborative agreement with a state physician; a collaborative agreement is also required if a nurse practitioner wishes to prescribe medication in Minnesota.
Currently, Minnesota NPs earn an annual mean salary of $94,330 (BLS, 2012) after earning their degrees. As you explore your options for an advanced practice nursing degree in Minnesota, keep in mnid that many schools, such as those in our featured section, offer distance learning and online programs, intended to help working adults achieve educational goals. Please click the links below to request information from the schools you are interested in.
NP programs for Minnesota nurses include:
- Metropolitan State University. Metropolitan State is in the process of converting its family and adult/gerontology nurse practitioner programs to DNP-level programs. An MSN program is available to Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioners (WHCNPs) who are certified through Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota.
- St. Catherine University. St. Catherine's, casually referred to as St. Kate's, offers NP programs in adult-gerontology, neonatal and pediatrics. Adult-gerontology NP grads choose to become certified as both an adult and a gerontology nurse practitioner.
- Winona State University. Winona State offers a family nurse practitioner program and an adult nurse practitioner program. Clinical experiences include a strong focus on rural and underserved populations.
Rural Minnesota nurses may appreciate the convenience of Georgetown University's online NP program.