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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Nursing Programs

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Pre-Licensure Program Overview

The basic nursing program is for individuals who wish to become a registered nurse.

Visit the Pre-Licensure Program Website

RN Baccalaureate Completion Program Overview

The RN Baccalaureate Completion Program is for individuals who are licensed registered nurses (RN), have graduated from a diploma or associate degree program and are interested in completing a baccalaureate degree.

Visit the RN Baccalaureate Completion Website

The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Program Overview

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program and Post–Masters Certificate Program are no longer offered, but look at our new accelerated DNP program!

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

  • Nurse Practitioners are registered professional nurses who have completed a graduate education program in nursing.
  • Nurse Practitioners are certified through a professional nursing organization to practice as a Nurse Practitioner.
  • Nurse Practitioners collaborate, consult, and refer patients to physicians when a patient's situation warrants more advanced diagnosis and treatment.

What do Family Nurse Practitioners do?

  • Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) provide direct patient care.
  • FNPs provide care in such settings as clinics, hospitals, retirement communities, schools, the workplace, health maintenance organizations, public health departments and client homes.
  • Many FNPs promote quality health care for individuals and their families through education, research and legislative activities.

The Master of Science: Nurse Educator Program Overview

The Nurse Educator Program and Post–Master's certificate programs are dedicated to developing nurse educators who advance nursing clinical practice, education and research in academic and practice settings. This program is suspended until further notice. Please check back later for updates.

Visit the MS: Nurse Educator Website

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum prepares nurses to be Family Nurse Practitioners, while the post-nursing master's DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses at the doctoral level.

Visit the Doctor of Nursing Practice Website

For courses in the various nursing programs, contact the School of Nursing at 507-389-6022 to be directed to the appropriate coordinator.

Ms. Kasi Johnson
Student Relations Coordinator
Phone: 507-389-6022

Dr. Laura Schwarz/Dr. Laurel Ostrow (temporary coordinator)
RN Baccalaureate Completion Coordinator
Phone: 507-389-6809 (Laura)/507-389-6022

Dr. Patricia Young
Chairperson and Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 507-389-6824

Dr. Rhonda Cornell
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Phone: 218-766-4234 (Mobile)