How To Become A Nurse:

Licensure-preparing Nursing Education
The Board of Nursing must approve nursing education programs conducted in Minnesota that prepare persons to be licensed as practical and professional nurses. Access information about the statutory requirements for initial and continuing approval of nursing programs and link to information about approved Minnesota licensure-preparing nursing education programs.

Nursing Practice in Minnesota is regulated by the Minnesota Board of Nursing according to the Nurse Practice Act approved by the Minnesota legislature.

In Minnesota, there are two options for licensure as a nurse:
• Licensed Practical Nurse
• Registered Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) provide basic care, monitor, and make observations for clients. Basic care can include taking vital signs, administering medications, and assisting with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, feeding). LPN’s provide care under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse or Physician.

To learn more about approved Practical Nursing Programs, visit the Minnesota Board of Nursing website

Registered Nurses (RN) provide holistic, comprehensive care that involves assessment, skilled interventions, teaching, delegation, referrals with evaluation of actions. RN’s engage in independent, autonomous actions and delegated medical functions. Registered Nurses communicate and collaborate with the healthcare team to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities.

To learn more about approved Professional Nursing Programs (prepare students for licensure as a Registered Nurse), click on this Minnesota Board of Nursing link