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Minnesota Nurse Practitioner Programs
(found programs from 19 schools)

State Nursing Board: Minnesota Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Minnesota Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Minnesota Hospital Association


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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.

Programs from Minnesota Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Practitioner programs with campus locations in Minnesota.

Featured Online Programs:

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Metropolitan State University (Saint Paul, MN)
Program Name: Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (ANP/GNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Minnesota State University-Mankato (Mankato, MN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner: Adult/Gerontological, Nurse Practitioner: Neonatal, Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Adult Health/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health/Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - BSN Track Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - BSN Track Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - RN Track Adult Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: MSN - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (RN Track) (online), MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (BSN Track) (online), MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (RN Track) (online), MSN- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (BSN Track) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Winona State University (Winona, MN)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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