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How to Get Your RN License in Minnesota

Becoming a registered nurse (RN) gives you the opportunity to not only help those in need, but enter a career that offers job security and a desirable salary. So, how does a prospective nurse earn a Minnesota RN license?

Get Your Minnesota RN License

In most states, RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In Minnesota, the requirements for becoming an RN are set by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The Minnesota Board of Nursing provides two paths to licensure: by exam and by endorsement.

By Exam

To apply for your license by exam, you will need to submit your application and corresponding fees. Currently, fees total $138.25, which includes a criminal background check. Next, you will need to submit proof that you are not involved in anything requiring disciplinary action. In addition, you will need to complete the criminal background check. You should receive a packet in the mail for you to send back with your fingerprints. You must also request that your school submit evidence to the Board that you have successfully completed their nursing program.

The next step is to register for the NCLEX. You can do this online via the Pearson Vue website or by calling 1-866-496-2539. The test service will then email you your authorization to complete the exam. At this point, you can schedule your exam at a testing center. Note that your authorization is valid for 90 days.

After you have passed the NCLEX, the Board will mail you your Minnesota RN license within 10 business days.

By Endorsement

Nurses who are licensed in another U.S. state or territory can get their Minnesota RN license by endorsement. Before acquiring a Minnesota license, a registered nurse that has licensure from a different state can practice nursing with a temporary permit. This permit is valid for 60 days or until their Minnesota license has been validated.

To apply for licensure by endorsement, you must first submit your application and corresponding fees, which are the same amount as if you were applying by exam. You will also need to submit two forms: Verification of Licensure and Confirmation of Nursing Employment for Licensure by Endorsement. Finally, you will need to complete the criminal background check.

You may receive a letter from the Board of Nursing about whether or not you will need to continue your education. This depends on the date of your last licensure and your nursing practice. A refresher course is required if you have not been practicing nursing for more than five years.

It’s important to note that Minnesota is not part of the nurse licensure compact. However, the state does have border state recognitions. This means that nurses who work or hold licenses in any of the border states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa) can practice nursing in the state of Minnesota and do not need a Minnesota-specific license.

Further Your Career After Getting Your Minnesota RN License

After you have earned your Minnesota RN license, you can gain advanced knowledge and skills to advance your career in the field by earning a bachelor’s degree. With the accredited RN to BSN online program from Concordia University, St. Paul, you will become better prepared to meet the demands of the dynamic health care industry. In addition, the program’s convenient online format allows you to maintain your busy schedule while earning your degree.