University of Minnesota

Ranked among the top 5% of Nursing Schools nationally, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing (UMN) provides exceptional BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degree programs including Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Midwifery, Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Specialist APRN programs. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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  • Accreditations ACEN CCNE COA
  • Location(s) Minnesota
  • Address 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55455
  • Telephone 1-612-625-7980
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University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a public institution that was founded in 1851.

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing (UMN) was established in 1909, becoming the first continuously operating nursing program on a university campus.


Bachelor of Science (BSN)

The Freshman Nursing Guaranteed Program is a no-wait program for students who are interested in attending the School of Nursing in high school. The student must apply during high school, after the freshman year. The length of the program is four years, including one year of prerequisite courses and three years of nursing courses.

The program is full-time during fall and Spring semesters, but the students have the Summer off. Weekend requirements for clinicals and coursework are Monday through Friday, during the day, leaving nights and weekends open. The Twin Cities and Rochester are the homes to the program.


Master of Science (MN)

The MN program is a full-time program for those who already hold a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field. This intensive 16-month program includes the requirements of a BSN plus additional graduate courses.

After successfully completing the program, students are prepared and eligible to take the RN NCLEX. After graduation, students will have 18 credits to apply toward the DNP. Graduates are also eligible for certification in public health nursing in Minnesota.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Post-Baccalaureate DNP

The Post-Baccalaureate DNP is for RNs who have an entry level degree in nursing such as a BSN or professional master's entry-level nursing degree. Compilation of the program is three years of full-time study and requires application to one of the 13 DNP specialties.

Post-Master's DNP

Nurses who hold an MSN in a nursing specialty from a fully accredited institution are eligible for the Post-Master's DNP and can be completed in three semesters of full-time study. The program is delivered almost entirely online with an on-campus requirement for students once each semester for a four-day session.

Specialty Areas

  1. Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
  2. Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner
  4. Health Innovation and Leadership
  5. Integrative Health and Healing
  6. Nurse Anesthesia
  7. Nurse Midwifery
  8. Nursing Informatics
  9. Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  10. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  11. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  12. Public Health Nursing
  13. Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Midwifery

The program is a 3-year, full-time program. Clinical hours include approximately 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school.

After completion of the midwifery course of study, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) national certification examination.

Nurse Informatics

This full-time program requires 3-years, online except as noted below.

On campus requirements: Each semester for a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and advisor meetings. Practicum site requirements include 1,000 hours at sites arranged by the school.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination in Informatics Nursing.

Nurse Anesthesia

The program length is a 3-year, full-time program.

On campus requirements: 1–2 days each week for coursework; each semester a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, advisor meetings.

Clinical sites requirements: Complete approximately 3,500 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school.

The DNP requirements as well as the requirements to take the National Certification Exam for nurse anesthetists are completed within the program. The three-year (9 semesters) DNP curriculum includes anesthesia didactic coursework, anesthesia clinical experiences, and DNP coursework.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD curriculum is an in-classroom/person-to-person delivery. Typical completion of the program is 5 years. Students must come into the program with a baccalaureate or master's degree.


US News & World Report (2020)

  • #76 (tie) in National Universities
  • #42 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #86 (tie) in Best Value Schools
  • #30 (tie) in Top Public Schools
  • #18 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #2 in Nursing Informatics
  • #29 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia
  • #4 (tie) in Nursing-Midwifery
  • #41 in Best Global Universities
NICHE (2019)
  • Top Public Universities in America #19 of 672
  • Best Big Colleges in America #19 of 131
  • Best College Locations in America #25 of 1,553
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #34 of 1,542
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #34 of 599
  • Best Colleges in America #88 of 1,647
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #96 of 1,591
  • Best College Campuses in America #97 of 1,408
  • Best Value Colleges in America #142 of 1,590
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #239 of 687
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #290 of 1,592
  • Best College Locations in Minnesota #1 of 32
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Minnesota #1 of 32
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Minnesota #1 of 20
  • Top Public Universities in Minnesota #1 of 11
  • Best Colleges in Minnesota #3 of 35
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Minnesota #3 of 34
  • Best College Campuses in Minnesota #3 of 31
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota #3 of 31
  • Best Value Colleges in Minnesota #7 of 35
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Minnesota #8 of 17
  • Best Colleges in Minneapolis-St. Paul Area #2 of 14
  • Best Value Colleges in Minneapolis-St. Paul Area #2 of 14

Forbes (2019)

  • #70 Best Employers for New Grads
  • #106 Top Colleges
  • #24 in Public Colleges
  • #57 in Research Universities
  • #16 in the region
  • #89 America's Best Value Colleges

The Princeton Review (2018-2019)

  • The Best 384 Colleges
  • Best Midwestern
  • Colleges That Pay You Back
  • Green Colleges

Best ranked U of M #2 Best Colleges in Minnesota (2018).


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredited the Nurse Anesthesia Area of Study.

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited the midwifery program.

The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

NCLEX 2018 Pass Rates

  • BSN - 94.53%
  • MSN - 90.48%

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