Which Minnesota Schools Have Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs?

Find out which Minnesota schools offer nurse practitioner degree programs. See requirements and school information, and learn about the education options for nurse practitioners in Minnesota. Schools offering Family Nurse Practitioner degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

A nurse practitioner degree program is essential for those looking to become nurse practitioners, and many are offered in the Minnesota area. Coursework requirements and field of study options are listed in this article to help you make a decision about where you might like to study to become a nurse practitioner in Minnesota.

What You Need to Know

In Minnesota, you can study to become a nurse practitioner at 4-year, public universities. You could earn a master's degree in 2-3 years of full time study, depending on the program you choose. The time frame for completing a doctoral degree can be up to 5 years, depending on the program and the level of education you have before entering the program.

Most doctoral programs have options for students who enter with a bachelor's degree and for those that have a master's degree before beginning work on a doctorate. Clinical work and internships are required in many programs. Read on for further information on schools in Minnesota where you can earn a nurse practitioner degree.

Schools with Nurse Practitioner Master's Degrees in Minnesota

Minnesota State University - Mankato

At Minnesota State University - Mankato's School of Nursing, you can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing and study a curriculum that prepares you for a career as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The FNP program consists of 3 curriculum components: advanced nursing practice, nursing science and supportive fields. To earn the degree, you need to complete a thesis and 53 hours of coursework that include topics in nursing ethics, reproductive health, practice roles and biostatistics. If you have a master's degree in nursing and want to become a nurse practitioner, the school also offers a post-master's program.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Program Length: 9 semesters (about 3 years full-time)
  • Tuition & Fees: $7,547 per year (2015-2016 graduate rate)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in nursing with 3.0 GPA
  • Admission Requirements: GRE if GPA is below 3.0, licensure as a registered nurse (RN), 2 years post-degree nursing experience, professional resume, professional reference
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 15,387 students (1,992 graduate)

Winona State University - Rochester Campus

At the Rochester, MN, campus of Winona State University, you can pursue a nurse practitioner master's degree in acute care or adult-gerontology and family nursing. The school offers 2- and 3-year programs for both degrees, and you'll encounter core coursework focusing on organizational leadership, decision making, genetics, pathophysiology and advanced health assessment. You are also required to complete clinical hours and participate in an internship while in the program.

  • Program Name(s): Master of Science
  • Field of Study Options: Acute care nurse practitioner; adult-gerontology or family nurse practitioner
  • Program Length: 2- and 3-year options available
  • Tuition & Fees: $7,440 per year in-state, $10,840 per year out-of-state (2015-2016 graduate rates)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in nursing with undergraduate coursework in physical assessment
  • Admission Requirements: Minnesota RN license, 3 professional references, computer literacy, GRE scores, background check; Additional requirements for acute care program include 1 year of critical care experience, advanced cardiac life support, ECG interpretation
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 8,684 students (573 graduate)

Schools with Nurse Practitioner Doctoral Degrees in Minnesota

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University's Saint Paul campus administers a doctorate program for RNs who have bachelor's or master's degrees in nursing. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you can enroll in the 79-credit BSN-to-DNP program and take courses in family health, integrative care, nursing informatics and pharmacology. If you hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the 36-credit post-master's option will help you earn the DNP faster. Near the end of either of these programs, you'll be required to complete a clinical capstone project.

  • Program Name: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Specialization Area: Family nurse practitioner
  • Program Length: 9 semesters (full-time); 5 semesters for post-master's option
  • Tuition & Fees: $7,854 per year in-state, $15,038 per year out-of-state (2015-2016 graduate rates)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in nursing with 3.0 GPA
  • Admission Requirements: RN license, 3 references
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 8,355 students (760 graduate)

Minnesota State University - Mankato

Minnesota State University is offering a new DNP program beginning in the fall of 2012. You can enroll in this 81-credit program and learn how to provide advanced care to both children and adults. Course topics include diagnostic procedures, mental health nursing, ethics and health policies. You'll also complete several capstone projects and gain work experience during a clinical internship. The school also offers a post-master's track, if you already hold an MSN, that can be completed in less than half the time of the regular bachelor's-to-doctorate program.

  • Program Name: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Program Length: 5 years (full-time for BSN-DNP option); 2 years (full-time for MSN-DNP option)
  • Tuition & Fees: $7,547 per year (2015-2016 graduate rate)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in nursing with 3.0 GPA, graduate-level statistics course
  • Admission Requirements: GRE scores if GPA is below 3.0, RN license, 2 years post-degree nursing experience, professional reference, professional resume
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 15,387 students (1,992 graduate)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

As found in other Minnesota schools, the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota offers both a BSN-to-DNP program and a post-master's DNP program. Both doctorate programs provide specialty options in 14 areas, including 5 nurse practitioner fields. Core courses address epidemiology, economics, assessment, pharmacotherapeutics, nursing intervention and health policies. You'll also have to plan and execute a scholarly leadership project in which you present a solution to a problem found in an area of your nursing specialty.

  • Program Name: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Specialization Areas: Nurse practitioner areas- adult health/gerontology, adult health/women's health care, family, pediatric, psychiatric mental health
  • Program Length: 3 years (full-time); 1 year (full-time) for post-master's option
  • Tuition: $17,289 per year in-state, $25,953 per year out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Minimum of bachelor's degree in nursing
  • Admission Requirements: RN license, 3 essays, 3 professional references; Additional requirements for BSN-to-DNP program include a curriculum vitae, GRE scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 51,147 students (16,796 graduate)

Using this article for guidance, read through the different programs available for nursing practitioner education and consider whether a master's degree or a doctoral degree program is appropriate for your needs, as well as what kind of specialization options most appeal to you.

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