Advance your nursing career with a Bachelor's degree
Becoming a nurse in Minnesota requires a certain amount of training. Much like in any field, there are different levels of education that can help you to achieve your goals. One option that you’ll want to consider if you plan on making nursing a career is obtaining a BSN degree rather than an associates degree or a certificate for nursing. This will ensure that you can earn higher pay and that you will be viewed as a more qualified and knowledgeable professional as well.
Requirements to Enter a BSN Program in Minnesota
There are specific requirements in order to gain acceptance into a BSN degree program. Minnesota law requires that any student applying for a BSN program first pass a criminal background check. Some schools require the student to complete the background check prior to enrollment while others will allow you to enroll without starting you in classes until the background check is complete. In addition, some schools will require you to pay for the check out of pocket while other schools run the check out of school funds. The CDC and OSHA also recommend that students be up to day on a number of vaccinations to include:
Diphtheria/Tetanus – must have received a vaccination in the past 10 years
Measles/Mumps/Rubella – must be able to prove two vaccinations/boosters were given after the age of 12 months
You’ll find that most Minnesota schools won’t allow you to start a nursing program without proof of these vaccinations. Most applicants will have to fill out specific paperwork regarding your vaccinations, your papers from the health department with a list of vaccines won’t be sufficient.
There are a number of courses that you will have to take in order to get your BSN. In addition to the classes that a particular college will require you to complete in order to get your degree, you can expect some of the following courses: Pharmacology, Chemistry, Maternity & women’s health, Intro to nursing, Family nursing, Community nursing and Anatomy & Physiology.
If you don’t have any prior nursing training or experience, then you can expect it to take at least 3 years to complete your degree. Some schools offer fast track programs, just keep in mind that these can be stressful and difficult to manage. In addition, many people find that they can complete the program faster if they utilize distance learning versus campus learning. You must be very disciplined for online learning to be successful.
The Nursing Job Market in Minnesota
There is said to be a shortage of nurses in Minnesota. The annual salary for a nurse with a BSN in Minnesota is about $60,000. The exact registered nurse salary depends on the employer, current economic conditions, level of experience and geographic location.
Being a nurse can be very rewarding. Just keep in mind that you have to work with people 100% of the time and you will be faced with a lot of illness, death and pain. If you can face this with a positive attitude and with the knowledge that you’re helping others, then you should consider a BSN degree today!
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