Becoming an LPN in Minnesota

The state of Minnesota has made it their mission to protect the public’s health and safety by regulating nursing education, licensure, and practice. An increase of 11% of licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year has been predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the state of Minnesota by 2024. This demand for nurses creates many opportunities for those interested in the profession, applicants can apply for a Minnesota LPN license by either exam or by endorsement if he or she is licensed in another state.

  • LPN Programs in Minnesota

    Alexandria Technical & Community College
    1601 Jefferson St, Alexandria, MN 56308
    (888) 234-1222 Visit Homepage
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    Anoka Technical College
    1355 U.S. 10, Anoka, MN 55303
    (763) 576-4700 Visit Homepage
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    Central Lakes College
    501 W College Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401
    (218) 855-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Dakota County Technical College
    1300 145th St E, Rosemount, MN 55068
    (651) 423-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
    2101 14th St, Cloquet, MN 55720
    (218) 879-0800 Visit Homepage
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    Hennepin Technical College
    9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
    (952) 995-1300 Visit Homepage
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    Itasca Community College
    1851 U.S. 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    (218) 322-2300 Visit Homepage
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    Lake Superior College
    11501 State Highway 23, Duluth, MN 55808
    (218) 733-1074 Visit Homepage
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    Mesabi Range Community & Technical College
    1001 Chestnut St W, Virginia, MN 55792
    (218) 741-3095 Visit Homepage
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    Minnesota State College Southeast
    1250 Homer Rd, Winona, MN 55987
    (507) 453-2700 Visit Homepage
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    Minnesota State Community & Technical College
    900 Hwy 34 E, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
    (877) 450-3322 Visit Homepage
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    Minnesota West Community and Technical College
    1450 College Way, Worthington, MN 56187
    (507) 372-3400 Visit Homepage
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    Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
    2022 Central Ave NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
    (218) 793-2800 Visit Homepage
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    Northland Community and Technical College - Thief River Falls
    1101 Minnesota 1E, Thief River Falls, MN 56701
    (218) 683-8800 Visit Homepage
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    Northwest Technical College - Bemidji
    905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, MN 56601
    (218) 333-6600 Visit Homepage
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    Pine Technical & Community College
    900 4th St SE, Pine City, MN 55063
    (320) 629-5100 Visit Homepage
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    Rasmussen College - Mankato Campus
    130 St Andrews Dr, Mankato, MN 56001
    (507) 625-6556 Visit Homepage
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    Ridgewater College
    2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, MN 56201
    (320) 222-5200 Visit Homepage
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    Riverland Community College
    965 Alexander Dr SW, Owatonna, MN 55060
    (507) 455-5880 Visit Homepage
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    Rochester Community & Technical College
    851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904
    (507) 285-7210 Visit Homepage
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    South Central College
    1920 Lee Blvd, North Mankato, MN 56003
    (507) 389-7200 Visit Homepage
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    St. Cloud Technical & Community College
    1540 Northway Dr, St Cloud, MN 56303
    (320) 308-5000 Visit Homepage
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    St. Paul College
    235 Marshall Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
    (651) 846-1600 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • Minnesota LPN Licensing Requirements

    Completion of a state-approved nursing program is required in the state of Minnesota as well as a satisfactory score on the NCLEX-PN exam.

    Minnesota Board of Nursing Forms (

    Lifting patients, pulling and pushing machinery, and extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running are some of the physically demanding day-to-day activities of an LPN. Although physical strength may not be required upon application, it is definitely part of regular job function.

    To apply for a Minnesota License via endorsement, a completed application must be submitted with the following:

    • Evidence of passing state-approved nursing program and NCLEX.
    • Credentials evaluation report.
    • Evidence of state licensure (home state).
    • Proof of employment as an LPN—if not employed in the last 24 months, proof of continued education must also be submitted.

    Foreign educated or licensed individuals looking to receive a license in the state of Minnesota, can qualify to take the NCLEX by submitting transcripts and passing an English proficiency exam. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) must perform a full course-by-course review and the applicant must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

    Minnesota LPN licenses expire every 2 years. An application must be submitted for each license renewal with renewal fee and proof of completed continued education requirements of 12 contact hours during the registration period. If practicing less than the full 2 years, the continued education ratio is 1 contact hour for each 2 months of registration.

    Learn more about Minnesota LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    Additional MN Nursing Resources

    Minnesota Board of Nursing

    2829 University Avenue SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Phone: (612) 617-2270
    Fax: (612) 617-2190

    1. Minnesota Nurses Association (

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Minnesota LPN to RN programs page.