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  • Annual Mean Wage: $72,760

Minnesota is called the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" for good reason. This state is bursting with the beauty of nature with it many lakes, forests and wilderness areas. Unlike other Midwestern states, however, Minnesota has a significant population to go along with all the natural beauty—about 5.2 million people. More good news for nurses seeking work here is that the unemployment rate was significantly less here than the national unemployment rate. In April 2010, Minnesota's jobless rate was at 7.2 percent while the rest of the nation hovered close to 10 percent, which bodes well for job-seekers here. While the national nursing shortage is not as pronounced in Minnesota as in other states, the state still has need of qualified nurses to take up positions in the state's hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor's offices, nursing homes and home health care services.

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The most highly sought-after nursing jobs in Minnesota are concentrated in and around the major population centers, such as the Twin Cities metro area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, and Bloomington. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Minnesota include: Mayo Clinic, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, HealthEast Care System, Park Nicollet Health Services, the St. Mary's Duluth Clinic Health System and the CentraCare Health System. Those who want to become nurses in Minnesota can get information about state licensure through the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The Minnesota Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state's nurses, and it maintains a website where RNs here can connect with each other and keep up to date on policy issues relevant to Minnesota's nurses.

School Name:Alexandria Technical College

Address:1601 Jefferson Streeet, Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Contact:(320) 762-0221

Website:www.alextech.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:American Indian OIC Inc

Address:1845 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404-2221

Contact:(612) 341-3358 x100

Website:WWW.AIOIC.ORG

Type of School:< 2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Anoka Technical College

Address:1355 W Hwy 10, Anoka, Minnesota 55303

Contact:(763) 576-4700

Website:www.anokatech.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Address:11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433-3470

Contact:(763) 433-1100

Website:www.anokaramsey.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:30 to 1

School Name:Augsburg College

Address:2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

Contact:(612) 330-1000

Website:www.augsburg.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Bemidji State University

Address:1500 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

Contact:(800) 475-2001

Website:www.bemidjistate.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Bethel University

Address:3900 Bethel Dr, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112-6902

Contact:(651) 638-6400

Website:www.bethel.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:Central Lakes College-Brainerd

Address:501 West College Drive, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401-3900

Contact:(218) 855-8000

Website:WWW.CLCMN.EDU

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:25 to 1

School Name:Century Community and Technical College

Address:3300 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110

Contact:(651) 770-3200

Website:www.century.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:25 to 1

School Name:College of Saint Benedict

Address:37 S. College Ave., Saint Joseph, Minnesota 56374

Contact:(320) 363-5011

Website:www.csbsju.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:Concordia College at Moorhead

Address:901 S 8th St, Moorhead, Minnesota 56562

Contact:(218) 299-4100

Website:www.cord.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Crown College

Address:8700 College View Drive, Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375-9001

Contact:(952) 446-4100

Website:www.crown.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

School Name:Dakota County Technical College

Address:1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068-2999

Contact:(651) 423-8301

Website:www.dctc.edu/index.cfm

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Address:2101 14th St, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

Contact:(218) 879-0800

Website:www.fdltcc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:27 to 1

School Name:Gustavus Adolphus College

Address:800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082-1498

Contact:(507) 933-8000

Website:WWW.GUSTAVUS.EDU

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Hennepin Technical College

Address:9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445

Contact:(952) 995-1300

Website:www.hennepintech.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:Herzing University

Address:5700 W Broadway, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55428-3548

Contact:(763) 535-3000

Website:www.herzing.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1

School Name:Hibbing Community College-A Technical and Community College

Address:1515 E 25th St, Hibbing, Minnesota 55746

Contact:(218) 262-7200

Website:www.hibbing.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

School Name:Inver Hills Community College

Address:2500 80th St E, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota 55076-3224

Contact:(651) 450-8500

Website:www.inverhills.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1

School Name:Itasca Community College

Address:1851 Hwy 169 E, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744-3397

Contact:(218) 322-2300

Website:WWW.ITASCACC.EDU

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Lake Superior College

Address:2101 Trinity Rd, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-3399

Contact:(800) 432-2884

Website:www.lsc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name:Mayo School of Health Sciences

Address:200 First St SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55905

Contact:(507) 284-3678

Website:www.mayo.edu/mshs/

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

School Name:Mesabi Range Community and Technical College

Address:1001 Chestnut St W, Virginia, Minnesota 55792

Contact:(218) 741-3095

Website:www.mesabirange.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Metropolitan State University

Address:700 E Seventh St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106-5000

Contact:(651) 793-1212

Website:www.metrostate.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

School Name:Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Address:1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403-1779

Contact:(612) 659-6000

Website:www.minneapolis.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name:Minnesota School of Business

Address:1401 W 76 St, Richfield, Minnesota 55423

Contact:(612) 861-2000

Website:www.msbcollege.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical

Address:1250 Homer Rd, Winona, Minnesota 55987

Contact:(507) 453-2700

Website:www.southeastmn.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Address:1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000

Contact:(218) 736-1500

Website:www.minnesota.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Minnesota State University-Mankato

Address:South Rd and Ellis Ave, Mankato, Minnesota 56001

Contact:(507) 389-1866

Website:www.mnsu.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name:Minnesota State University-Moorhead

Address:1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead, Minnesota 56563

Contact:(218) 477-4000

Website:www.mnstate.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Address:1593 11th Ave, Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241

Contact:(320) 564-4511

Website:www.mnwest.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

School Name:National American University-Brooklyn Center

Address:6120 Earle Brown Drive, Suite 100, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430-4100

Contact:(763) 852-7500

Website:www.national.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:28 to 1

School Name:Normandale Community College

Address:9700 France Ave S, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431

Contact:(952) 487-8200

Website:www.normandale.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:25 to 1

School Name:North Hennepin Community College

Address:7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445

Contact:(763) 424-0702

Website:www.nhcc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:28 to 1

School Name:Northland Community and Technical College

Address:1101 Hwy # 1 East, Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701

Contact:(218) 683-8800

Website:www.northlandcollege.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:Northwest Technical College

Address:905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601-4907

Contact:(218) 333-6600

Website:www.ntcmn.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Pine Technical College

Address:900 4th St SE, Pine City, Minnesota 55063

Contact:(320) 629-5100

Website:www.pinetech.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Rainy River Community College

Address:1501 Hwy 71, International Falls, Minnesota 56649

Contact:(218) 285-7722

Website:www.rrcc.mnscu.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:Rasmussen College-Brooklyn Park

Address:8301 93rd Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445-1512

Contact:(763) 493-4500

Website:www.rasmussen.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:30 to 1

School Name:Rasmussen College-Eagan

Address:3500 Federal Drive, Eagan, Minnesota 55122-1346

Contact:(651) 687-9000

Website:www.rasmussen.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:24 to 1

School Name:Rasmussen College-Mankato

Address:130 Saint Andrews Drive, Mankato, Minnesota 56001

Contact:(507) 625-6556

Website:www.rasmussen.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

School Name:Rasmussen College-St Cloud

Address:226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713

Contact:(320) 251-5600

Website:www.rasmussen.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:29 to 1

School Name:Ridgewater College

Address:2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, Minnesota 56201

Contact:(800) 722-1151

Website:www.ridgewater.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Riverland Community College

Address:1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, Minnesota 55912-1473

Contact:(507) 433-0600

Website:www.riverland.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1

School Name:Rochester Community and Technical College

Address:851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904-4999

Contact:(507) 285-7210

Website:www.rctc.edu/

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name:Saint Cloud State University

Address:720 Fourth Ave. South, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498

Contact:(320) 308-0121

Website:www.stcloudstate.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1

School Name:Saint Cloud Technical College

Address:1540 Northway Drive, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303-1240

Contact:(320) 308-5000

Website:www.sctc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Saint Johns University

Address:31802 County Rd 159, Collegeville, Minnesota 56321

Contact:(320) 363-2011

Website:www.csbsju.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

School Name:Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Address:700 Terrace Heights, Winona, Minnesota 55987-1399

Contact:(507) 457-1600

Website:www.smumn.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Saint Paul College – A Community and Technical College

Address:235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-9808

Contact:(651) 846-1600

Website:www.saintpaul.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

School Name:South Central College

Address:1920 Lee Blvd, North Mankato, Minnesota 56003-1920

Contact:(507) 389-7200

Website:www.southcentral.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:St. Catherine University

Address:2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105

Contact:(651) 690-6000

Website:www.stkate.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:St. Olaf College

Address:1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, Minnesota 55057-1098

Contact:(507) 786-2222

Website:www.stolaf.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:The College of Saint Scholastica

Address:1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-4199

Contact:(218) 723-6000

Website:www.css.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

School Name:University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Address:100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0213

Contact:(612) 625-5000

Website:www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:University of Phoenix-Minneapolis/St Paul Campus

Address:435 Ford Rd., Suite 1000, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 55426-4915

Contact:(952) 487-7226

Website:www.phoenix.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1

School Name:Walden University

Address:155 Fifth Ave S, Suite 100, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Contact:(800) 925-3368

Website:www.waldenu.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:24 to 1

School Name:Winona State University

Address:8th and Johnson St, Winona, Minnesota 55987-5838

Contact:(507) 457-5000

Website:www.winona.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/