Minneapolis RN Programs - Minnesota

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RN Programs in Minneapolis, Minnesota

There are many RN programs in Minneapolis for those wishing to become a registered nurse. Some of these are associate's degree programs, while others are bachelor's degree programs. Both of these degrees qualify one to work as an RN.

ADN vs. BSN Programs

The first decision one should make when applying for RN programs in Minneapolis is what level of degree he or she wishes to pursue. An associate's degree can usually be earned in two years of full-time study, whereas a bachelor's degree takes an average of four years.

The advantage of an ADN is that one can earn a nursing degree in a shorter amount of time and jump start a career. The benefit to becoming a nurse with a BSN is that it makes one more eligible for promotions and may result in a higher earning potential.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Once the decision has been made to pursue either an ADN or BSN, one can choose whether to enroll in online classes or earn a degree at one of the campuses around Minneapolis.

Online RN programs provide a greater degree of flexibility because students are able to login and complete courses around the clock. Traditional, classroom-based programs are more structured and allow interaction between students and professors. All RN programs are likely to have a clinical component.

After completing an approved RN program, one must apply for licensure and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

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Which schools offer Minneapolis RN Programs?

RN Programs (both campus-based & online RN Programs) are medical training programs offered by universities, vocational or technical schools, and community or junior colleges. Some hospitals even offer registered nursing training as an RN diploma.

How do I become an licensed RN?

Each state sets its own RN requirements. In order to earn your RN license, you must pass the NCLEX® examination. The NCLEX® is a comprehensive nursing exam that can only be taken by graduates of a nursing program approved by your state's board of nursing.

Do I need to complete an LPN program before I go to college to get an RN Degree?

No you don't need to complete LPN training before you can get your RN license. An accredited RN Associate Degree program takes 2 years. You can earn your RN Diploma in 3 years. (BSN - 4 years, RN to BSN can be 2-3 years)

Free Nursing School in Minneapolis?

The education necessary to become an RN is valuable, and registered nurses make really good money in Minnesota. However, students can lower the cost of RN school with financial aid. There are numerous grants and nursing school scholarships in Minnesota. They might not make your RN degree free but it can at least be more affordable.

Contact one of the accredited nursing schools listed here to get information about the financial aid you qualify for. Find out more about online nursing schools in Minnesota.

RN Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

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Minnesota Board of Nursing
2829 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 617-2270
Fax: (612) 617-2190

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Other Minneapolis Nursing Schools w/ RN Training

College of St. Catherine
601 25th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
University of Minnesota
80 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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