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Minnesota Nurse Practitioner Certification

Minnesota NPs are referred to as APRNs. In Minnesota NP practice, APRN is considered the performance of nurse–midwife, CNS, or RN anesthetist practice. The Minnesota Nursing Board regulates the certification of APRNs. All Minnesota APRNs may function as case managers, consultants, direct care providers, educators, and researchers. They may accept referrals from other healthcare providers, which may include physicians, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, and other specialists.

Minnesota NPs practice includes diagnosing, managing, and preventing chronic and acute disease and illness as well as promoting wellness though education and treatment, including providing nonpharmacologic treatment. Each nurse practitioner selects a specific field of practice and must be educated, certified, and licensed in that field. Minnesota NPs must practice within healthcare systems that allow for consultation, collaborative management, and referral, as shown by the status of the patient. Collaborative relationships between NPs and physicians must exist, but they do not have to be indicated in writing.

If you hold a current, valid RN license to practice in the state of Minnesota, then you are eligible to begin the process of NP certification. In order to become a Minnesota NP, you must complete an APRN course of study in an area of specialty. Some schools in Minnesota that offer APRN courses include: Winona State University, University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University, Metropolitan State University, and College of St. Scholastica.

Alternatively, you may elect to complete your APRN program online. Distance-learning schools provide the flexibility that many RNs need in order to keep working while completing their program. Some online schools include: University of Cincinnati, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, or Graceland University. To fulfill the required clinical component of the program, the online faculty establish clinical sites near students’ locations.


After you have completed the program, you will be able to practice immediately as an NP for a period of 6 months, but you must be in the process of seeking certification from a national advanced nurse certification body. National nurse certification agencies that are acceptable to the Minnesota Nursing Board include: the AANP, AACN Certification Corporation, ANCC, AMCB, NBCRNA, PNCB, and NCC for the Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties. If you fail your certification exam, even if it is within the 6-month period, you must stop practicing immediately and not restart your practice until you have passed the exam. Also, you may not enter into a prescribing agreement until you are certified as an APRN.

You must renew your license every 2 years and present current certification by a national nurse certification organization acceptable to the Minnesota Nursing Board at that time in order to be approved.

The average salary for a Minnesota NP is $83,000. Nurse practitioner salaries can vary widely based on experience, location, facility, specialty, and other factors.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014