I can recommend a few things based on my experiences.
I am a student at IHCC finishing up my first semester of nursing.
First I am shocked that Normandale doesn't require micro and biology. Those classes are the foundation of almost everything you learn in nursing school.
Different programs have different requirements, and quite honestly it's very hard to apply to more then one or two schools. They say apply to as many schools as you can but really you kinda have to focus on one or two schools. I applied to inver and century with the same GPA and they had the same requirements and I got waitlisted 14 at inver and 74 at century! My number came up at inver luckily!
You need to have good grades. My GPA when I applied was 3.5 for my "core classes" and 3.75 total (they look at each and give points for each). You really need to have all your pre nursing classes done before you apply. It's competitive and most people will have all their classes done. Schools also give you points for "residency" which is if you have taken a certain number of classes at that particular school. So if you want to apply to inver or century, you should probably take 12 credits there to establish residency. At least half of my class at Inver has a prior Bachelor's degree, that's another thing that you get "points" for on the application.
I would recommend going to CC first if you can get into one then going on to an RN to BSN program. This will save you a TON of money. U of MN is very hard to get into from what I have heard. St. Kates is fairly easy to get into, when I called them they basically said I could finish my pre-nursing credits then transition directly into the nursing program
. But tuition is 3x the price at St. Kates and their NCLEX pass rates have been less then stellar in the past.
It's REALLY tough to get into programs. You are going to have to go to nursing meetings at each school you want to apply to and get as much information as you can. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Getting into nursing school is a battle. It took me two years of part time pre-reqs to get into a program, and I have a prior B.A.!
Good luck to you!