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The latest data shows that the demand to fill LPN programs in Minnesota is matched by the need for qualified allied health workers in Minnesota. See how LPNs are one of the great careers in the medical field with our free guide to become a LPN in Minnesota below. The time could not be any better to get started today!

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Becoming a LPN in Minnesota

In order to be able to work as an LPN in Minnesota, you need to first complete a Minnesota State Nursing Board authorized training course, pass the NCLEX-PN national licensing test, and own a current license issued by the Minnesota Nursing Board. Below we cover all this in more detail.

The steps needed to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Minnesota

The process for becoming an LPN in MN is detailed in the following 5 steps.

Step 1 – Satisfy the minimum prerequisites for LPN training

You need to make sure you meet the basic enrollment requirements for all LPN educational programs in Minnesota before you consider enrollment at the respective schools.

Step 2 – Pick the kind of credential you want to earn

Practical nursing programs in Minnesota give a couple of types of practical nursing credentials to their students. They are certificate/diplomas and associate degrees. If you do want to grow in to a career as a RN in the future make sure you look in to getting your degree as a LPN to make the transition faster to a RN.

Step 3 – Finish a LPN training class recognized by the MN State Board

The body in control of overseeing LPN classes in Minnesota is the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Only graduates who finish their schooling at a program accredited by them are allowed to take the NCLEX-PN in Minnesota.

How to compare LPN programs in Minnesota

We feel that choosing the right LPN schools in Minnesota does not have to be hard. If you simplify your approach and be concise in your sorting of the schools by the factors that matter most to you, you will see which program is best for you. You may also want to look at the many great options for online LPN training throughout the state of Minnesota too.

Approved LPN courses in Minnesota

Below is the complete list of the LPN courses that are approved by the Minnesota Nursing Board.

Alexandria Technical College
1601 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308-3799

Anoka Technical College
1355 West Highway 10
Anoka, MN 55303-1590

Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401-3900

Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street East
Rosemount, MN 55068-2999

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

Hennepin Technical College
Eden Prairie Campus
13100 College View Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347-2600
Brooklyn Park Campus
9000 Brooklyn Blvd.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55455

Itasca Community College
1851 East Highway 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744-3397

Lake Superior College
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN 55811-3399

Mesabi Range College
1100 Industrial Park Drive
P.O. Box 648
Eveleth, MN 55734-0648

Minnesota State College Southeast
Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987-1455
Red Wing Campus
308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, MN 55066-3964

Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Detroit Lakes Campus
900 Highway 34 East
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2698
Fergus Falls Campus
1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537-1000
Moorhead Campus
1900 28th Avenue S.
Moorhead, MN 56560
Wadena Campus
405 Colfax Avenue SW PO Box 566
Wadena, MN 56482

Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Worthington Campus
1450 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187-3024
Pipestone Campus
1314 North Hiawatha Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164

Northland Community and Technical College
2022 Central Ave NE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Thief River Falls Campus
1101 Highway One East
Thief River Falls, MN 56701-2598
Roseau Campus
121 Center St E
Roseau, MN 56751

Northwest Technical College-Bemidji
905 Grant Avenue SE
Bemidji, MN 56601-4907

Pine Technical and Community College
900 4th Street SE
Pine City, MN 55063

Rasmussen College – Mankato
1400 Madison Avenue
Mankato, MN 56001

Rasmussen College – Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove
8307 93rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55455-1512

Rasmussen College – Eagan
3500 Federal Drive
Eagan, MN 55112-1346

Rasmussen College – Moorhead
1250 29th Avenue S
Moorhead, MN 56560

Rasmussen College – St. Cloud
226 Park Ave S
St. Cloud, MN 56301-3713

Ridgewater College
Willmar Campus
2101 15th Avenue NW
Willmar, MN 56201-0797
Hutchinson Campus
2 Century Avenue SE
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Riverland Community College
1900 Eighth Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912-1470

Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904-4999

Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102-1800

St. Cloud Technical College
1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303-1240

South Central College
North Mankato Campus
1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, MN 56003-1920
Faribault Campus
1225 Third St SW 55021

Step 4 – Register for and Take the NCLEX-PN exam

The official Licensed Practical Nurse examination used in Minnesota is the NCLEX-PN. The following link features material that is usually contained on the NCLEX-PN assessment, how to prep for the test and more.

Step 5 – Pass the NCLEX-PN and Start Your Career as an LPN in Minnesota

Once you complete all the steps laid out for you above you will be on the career path to being a working LPN in Minnesota.

Practical Nurse salary and jobs in Minnesota

In Minnesota, the need is very high for licensed practical or vocational nurses through the year 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an 11% increase in additional jobs for LPNs in Minnesota. The best cities for finding new LPN jobs in the future will be in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Maple Grove, Woodbury, Saint Cloud, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth and Eagan. Below you will find a record of the largest towns and cities in Minnesota and even more info on LPN salary by area and county.
LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$15.63$21.20$29.05
Rochester, MN MSAHourly$17.43$22.38$28.77
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MSAHourly$17.41$21.99$27.30
Mankato-North Mankato, MN MSAHourly$16.34$21.09$26.05
La Crosse, WI-MN MSAHourly$16.12$20.38$24.19
Southeast Minnesota (BOS)Hourly$16.36$20.29$24.13
St. Cloud, MN MSAHourly$16.15$20.18$25.26
Grand Forks, ND-MN MSAHourly$16.01$20.12$24.18
Duluth, MN-WI MSAHourly$15.98$19.63$24.66
Fargo, ND-MN MSAHourly$15.42$19.47$25.11
Southwest Minnesota (BOS)Hourly$15.25$18.66$23.62
Northwest Minnesota (BOS)Hourly$15.61$18.56$23.83
Northeast Minnesota (BOS)Hourly$14.73$18.32$24.15

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