Minnesota state is known for its subzero temperatures in winter and beautiful warm summers. This mecca for business is increasing the population of Minnesota residents continuously. Due to this there are an increasing number of progressive nursing program developing. For individuals interested in obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Minnesota may be the perfect place.

Choosing a Nurse Practitioner Program

When choosing a nurse practitioner program, it is important to make sure you meet all of the application requirements and select the program that is best for you.

Admission Requirements

To enter a MSN program in the state of Minnesota, the requirements are as follows:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Complete 5 of 9 prerequisite courses
  • May have non-nursing baccalaureate degree for some programs
  • Active, unrestricted RN license in the state of Minnesota for some programs
  • GRE test score
  • Essay, professional references and interview

To enter a DNP program in the state of Minnesota, the requirements are as follows:

  • Active, unrestricted RN in the state of Minnesota
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • BSN or MSN from accredited nursing program
  • No GRE required
  • Depending on specialty area, experience may be required working in that specialty
  • Essay, professional references and interview

There is a vast array of programs offered in Minnesota. The following list contains programs throughout Minnesota but most notably extensive is the Program at the University of Minnesota which offers 12 Doctorate of Nursing specialties alone.

  • Acute Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Primary care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP).
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
  • Primary care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Leadership/Management


Most programs in Minnesota are accredited by the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN) though it is important to check accreditation prior to applying for a program.

Program Length

In the state of Minnesota, a RN-MSN program is approximately 12-14 months. There are part time options as well that extend the length of the program. The route for an BSN-DNP is approximately four years and MSN-DNP is two to three years.

Program Cost and Credits

The average cost for MSN program is approximately $40,000 in total for a public university and $60,000 in total for a private university. The range per credit can be from $600-$1000 per credit.

  • MSN total credits: average 45 credits
  • DNP total credits: average 74 credits

Online options

The University of Minnesota which is well known in the state for having the most Nurse Practitioner specialties does not offer strictly online courses. Some courses have an online component as it is common to have courses with a percentage of classes online with infrequent campus meetings.

Schools That Offer Nurse Practitioner Programs in Minnesota

With many selections to choose from in Minnesota you can surely find a program that suits you best.

SchoolContact Information
Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 330-1000
Herzing University Minneapolis
MSN Programs
5700 W Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55428
(612) 360-2484
Metropolitan State University
Gateway Services, Founders Hall, 1st Floor, 700 7th Street East
St Paul, MN 55106
(651) 793-1300
Minnesota State University, Mankato
MSN Programs
122 Taylor Center
Mankato, MN 56001
(150) 738-9182 x2
St. Catherine University
MSN Programs
601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(651) 690-6000
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(800) 447-5444
University of Minnesota
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-9600
Wiona State University Rochester
859 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-7100