Program ResourcesHow to Get Your RN License in Minnesota

What does it take to become a registered nurse in Minnesota? The requirements for becoming a registered nurse in the state are set by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. In most states, RNs must pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

The Minnesota Board of Nursing provides two paths to licensure.

  1. Apply by exam. There are application packets for Canadian RNs, U.S. educated LPNs and foreign educated RNs.
  1. Apply by endorsement. This is for nurses who have been licensed in another U.S. state or territory by examination.

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.

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.