Minnesota FNP Programs
We found only 1 Family Nurse Practitioner Program in Minnesota at Minnesota State University-Mankato, but there are multiple Master of Science in Nursing programs in Minnesota, including several online MSN options.
Registered nurses in Minnesota seeking an Online MSN degree may select from numerous accredited programs based in the state, such as Capella University, Walden University, and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Most of these programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program at St. Catherine's University, however, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Both ACEN and CCNE accreditation ensures that the program has been certified as offering an effective and high quality education that reflects current professional standards.
Online MSN Programs in Minnesota
Bethel University in St. Paul offers an Online Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery degree. Coursework is completed online with one week of on-campus intensives each year; the program may be completed in 2-3 years. The University recommends that students do not work full-time while completing the program.
Capella University in Minneapolis offers an Online MSN degree with numerous options for specialization, including Care Coordination, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Leadership and Administration, and multiple RN to MSN programs. Students can select to complete the program using the traditional guided path (set deadlines, tuition varies based on course load) or the flex path, which allows students to work at their own pace and take multiple courses simultaneously for a flat rate fee every 12 weeks.
Minnesota State University - Moorhead offers an Online Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Education or Nursing Administration and Organization Systems Leadership. All courses are offered online and require a monthly synchronous meeting.
St. Catherine's University in St. Paul offers an Online MSN: Nurse Educator program. The degree may be completed in 21 months. Students have access to multiple scholarship programs, including the federal Nurse Faculty Loan program, and students who are employed by the University's corporate partners receive a 10% tuition discount.
Licensure in Minnesota
Nurses who graduate from MSN programs that prepare Nurse Practitioners or Nurse-Midwives are licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) by the Board of Nursing. Applicants for initial licensure must be certified in one of the 4 APRN roles.
NPs must practice for 2,080 hours within a collaborative management context in a hospital or integrated clinical setting with a physician or independent APRN before autonomous practice will be granted.
MSN and FNP Salaries in Minnesota
According to data published in May 2018 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota was $119,160. This is significantly higher than the average RN salary of $78,920.