School of Nursing at a Glance

Founded in 1909 and recognized as the first nursing program established within a university, the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota improves health through innovative research, exceptional academic programs and collaborative practice. Read more about the school in the Welcome Message from the Dean.

Points of Pride


First to offer DNP degrees in nurse anesthesia, nursing informatics, health innovation and leadership, and integrative health and healing.


Ranked eighth in the 2024 ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs by U.S. News & World Report.


The midwifery program is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


Fourth largest full-time DNP program in the country


The BSN program is ranked 16th best by U.S. News & World Report.

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Eighth consecutive year receiving the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine.


Chair and professorship endowment fund valued at $20.3 million in November 2023

40 fellows

Forty faculty and emeriti are fellows of the American Academy of Nursing


 The school operates a Nurse Practitioner Clinic in downtown Minneapolis.


The school has ten academic-practice partnerships. The collaboratories include Allina Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Faith Community Nurse Network, Hennepin Healthcare, M Health Fairview, Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minnesota Hospital Association, and PrairieCare.


Awarded 2.3 million in scholarships during the 2022-23 academic year.