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New graduate application process

If you’re a new graduate who would like to be considered for a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or medical assistant, nurse practitioner or physician assistant position at Allina Health, you must apply through the new graduate application process.

Learn more about the new graduate application process, accreditation and qualifications and frequently asked questions:

Application process


Allina Health hires new graduates year-round depending on the availability of positions for which we consider new graduate candidates.

Who is considered a new graduate?


  • A new graduate RN has less than one year of experience working as an RN.
  • A new graduate LPN or medical assistant has less than six months of experience working as an LPN or medical assistant.
  • A new graduate nurse practitioner or physician assistant has last than one year of experience working as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

If candidates have or gain more than one year of experience working as an RN, nurse practitioner or physician assistant or six months of experience working as an LPN or medical assistant, they are considered experienced and should apply directly for specific positions they are interested in and qualified for.

Apply today


There is no deadline for applying. Applications will remain active until candidates are no longer considered new graduates.

For new graduates interested in becoming a perioperative RN, apply for 21480 Pipeline RN Perioperative 101 Nurse Education Program Abbott & United.

Accreditation information and qualifications


Allina Health Hospitals will only hire new graduate RNs with a Bachelor's in nursing or higher degree.

To determine from which nursing programs Allina Health will consider new graduate RNs for hire, both steps below must be completed:

Step 1: The State Board of Nursing approves a nursing program


Step 2: The nursing program must apply for, receive national accreditation and include acute care clinical rotations. All new RN graduate hires at Allina Health must have attended a program accredited by either:

Allina Health does not hire new grads from all academic institutions. Many proprietary on-line schools do not meet Allina Health’s standards due to the minimal oversight of the student’s clinical experience, the high faculty/student ratio, and the lack of focus on national certification standards in the curriculum.

Frequently asked questions


  • Who is considered a new graduate?
    A new graduate registered nurse, nurse practitioner or physician assistant has less than one year of experience working as an RN, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

    A new graduate LPN or medical assistant has less than six months of experience working as an LPN or medical assistant.

  • If I have more than one year of experience working as an RN, nurse practitioner or physician assistant or six months of experience working as an LPN or medical assistant, can I apply through the new graduate application?
    No. If you have more than one year of experience working as an RN, nurse practitioner or physician assistant or more than six months of experience working as an LPN or medical assistant, you are considered experienced and should apply directly to specific positions online that you are interested in and qualified for.

  • I have already submitted the graduate nurse application. I now see positions on the website that indicate "will consider new grad." Can I apply directly to those positions as well?
    No. In order to be considered for any new graduate positions with Allina Health, new graduate candidates must apply online through the appropriate new graduate application. Please see the direct links to the various applications above.

  • Am I eligible to apply if I attend a nursing school outside of Minnesota?
    Yes, as long as you obtain a Minnesota RN or LPN license and your school meets the requirements detailed in the application qualifications.

    New graduate medical assistant applicants must be certified with the AAMA or registered with the AMT within six months from date of hire.

  • Does Allina Health only hire new graduate RNs with a bachelor's degree?
    Allina Health hires both BSN/BAN and ADN graduates. However, preference is given to candidates with a BSN/BAN or higher degree.

  • Which schools does Allina Health hire new graduates from?
    All new graduate RN and LPN applicants must have attended a nursing program accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (part of American Association of Colleges of Nursing) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and include acute care clinical rotations.

    New graduate medical assistant applicants must be certified with the AAMA or registered with the AMT within six months from date of hire.

    Allina Health does not hire new grads from all academic institutions. Many proprietary on-line schools do not meet Allina Health’s standards due to the minimal oversight of the student’s clinical experience, the high faculty/student ratio, and the lack of focus on national certification standards in the curriculum.

  • Does Allina Health hire new graduate RNs from schools that do not offer clinical rotations?
    All nursing programs must have included clinical rotations in an acute care facility.

  • What is the deadline for applications?
    Allina Health hires new graduates year-round depending on the availability of positions that will consider new graduate candidates. There is no deadline for applying.

    If you’re a new graduate RN applicant, we recommend applying 3-4 months prior to graduation.

  • Where are new graduates hired?
    There are a wide variety of opportunities for new graduates in our clinic, hospital and home care settings.

    If you’re a new graduate RN applicant, areas such as critical care and labor and delivery take on fewer new graduates than areas such as medical/surgical, cardiovascular and oncology.

Summer nursing student internship program


Apply today

  • Current Employees
  • Apply online for requisition number 49021BR through the employee portal

  • External applicants
  • Summer 2019 Nurse Internship (49021BR)

    Summer 2019 Nurse Internship

    Allina Health offers a competitive 10-week paid summer internship to students currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate RN nursing program.

    As a summer nursing student intern, you will:

    • gain experience relevant to your career goals
    • build expertise in a variety of roles and settings
    • be paired with a registered nurse in an acute care setting
    • receive preference for employment upon graduation

    Qualifications


    • This internship is for students currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate RN nursing program.
    • Applicants selected/hired for the internship must be enrolled in a summer nursing internship course with a Minnesota school (out-of-state students will be required to register for a nursing internship course with a Minnesota school).

    Clinical experience and locations


    Frequently asked questions


    • What are the requirements for a student to apply for the internship program?
      Candidates must be currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate RN nursing program and have a graduation date no later than the summer following the internship. They must also be enrolled in a summer internship course through a participating Minnesota college or university.

    • How long is the internship program?
      The summer internship runs 10 weeks beginning June through August.

    • Are students paid for the internship program?
      Yes. Interns will be paid $15/hour.

    • What are the hours an intern will work?
      Interns will be scheduled 32 hours/week and will follow the schedule that their preceptor(s) works.

      Interns may work any of the following: straight day shifts (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), straight evening shifts (3-11:30 p.m.), straight night shifts (11 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.), rotating day/evening shifts, rotating day/night shifts, rotating evening/night shifts,
      8-hour shifts or 12-hour shifts.

      Interns may also work weekends if their mentor(s) work weekends.

      Interns are expected to participate in the full ten-week program and work no more than the scheduled 32 hours/week with their preceptor.

    • How many preceptors will an intern be partnered with?
      We try to schedule interns with one or two preceptors. Due to staffing and patient volume on a unit, interns may be scheduled with more than two preceptors if necessary.

    • What type of unit will the intern be placed on and how is this determined?
      The program places interns with a registered nurse preceptor in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical areas throughout the hospital. Every effort is made to place interns in clinical settings that match their career goals.

      Allina Health has had interns in almost every area. This is up to each unit and changes year to year, depending on availability of preceptors, manager preference, etc. Recruiters may not know the specific areas accepting interns until offers are made.

    • What if the intern is already an Allina Health employee and wants to remain in their current position?
      If you are an Allina Health employee and you are offered an internship please contact your manager regarding options to continue to work in your current position while completing the ten-week internship. It is up to the discretion of the manager. You will also need to be in good standing in your current Allina Health position.

    • What if the student is not enrolled in a Minnesota nursing program?
      If selected for the program, an out-of-state student will be required to register for a nursing internship course with a Minnesota school. Students can contact one of the following schools to register for the internship course: Minnesota State University-Mankato, Winona State University and St. Cloud State University. The nursing department in each of these schools will be able to provide you with additional information.

      Students who are enrolled in a school in Minnesota should take the course through their current Minnesota college or university, if available. If you have further questions regarding this internship course, please ask the site educator once you have been notified that you are accepted into the program.

    • If students have additional questions regarding the internship program, who should they contact?
      Students can email the nurse recruitment team at nurserecruitment@allina.com.

    Contact us

    If you have any questions or need more information regarding new graduate RN, LPN or medical assistant opportunities, please email nurserecruitment@allina.com.

    If you have any questions or need more information regarding nurse practitioner or physician assistant opportunities, please email recruit@allina.com