Welcome to Winona State University Graduate Programs in Nursing

The Graduate Programs in Nursing provide a scholarly knowledge base to prepare caring, ethical, creative, and accountable nurse leaders to care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in a diverse society. Advanced professional nursing practice applies evidence to influence health care outcomes for a variety of populations and systems.

There are several programs available within the following academic awards:

It is also possible to be admitted as a Graduate Special Study student. Students may take up to 12 credits as a graduate student before acceptance into the program. Learn more about Graduate Special Classes.

*** IMPORTANT ***

Announcing:

A New Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program:

Nursing Leadership Program with Practice and Leadership Innovations Emphasis (PLI) 

Designed for the post-nursing master’s applicant!
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities approved this program in March 2014.

Course delivery will be by hybrid method (primarily online with monthly synchronous webinar meetings). Accepted students will be invited to the Winona State University-Rochester Campus for a required orientation session on August 28, 2014. 

Graduates of the PLI program will be prepared to lead innovations, advance practice, and improve health and healthcare outcomes. Clinical practicums in advanced nursing for the PLI emphasis, where students work with a qualified mentor, enable students to develop and lead a practice and/or leadership innovation project with attention to the impact on the organization and human/financial implications. 

Program Courses
Fall I
NURS 701       Applied Biostatistics (4)
NURS 714       Evidence-Based Practice Seminar (3)
NURS 738       Contemporary Topics in Leadership (3)

Spring I
NURS 703       Epidemiologic Approaches to Population Health (3)
NURS 704       Practice Innovations Seminar (3)
NURS 775       Clinical Scholarship* (3) (3 credits clinical)

Fall II
NURS 775       Clinical Scholarship* (3) (3 credits clinical)
NURS 756       Innovations in Practice & Leadership Practicum* (3) (1 credit clinical)

Spring II
NURS 775       Clinical Scholarship* (3) (3 credits clinical)
NURS 7XX       DNP Elective

TOTAL: 31 credits; (1 role/population clinical credit, 60 hours, 9 clinical scholarship credits, 540 hours; 600 total clinical hours) *

A total of 1000 clinical/practicum hours are required for all graduates of a DNP program. This program provides 600 hours. The remaining 400 clinical/practicum hours may come from a previous master's degree (appropriateness will be determined by faculty). Additional clinical/practicum courses may be necessary to achieve this requirement of 400 hours. *Clinical/practicum hour ratio is 1 credit hour to 60 clinical/practice hours.

Clinical Scholarship Project
The clinical practice question that guides the Clinical Scholarship Project reflects a clinical practice problem within the scope of practice of Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, or Nursing Leaders. The population focus for the Project must be clinical, not academic, in nature. For example, an intervention aimed at improving the health habits of nursing students would be appropriate, whereas an intervention aimed at improving the learning outcomes or academic objectives of nursing students would not be appropriate. The clinical practice question should be appropriate in scope to allow analysis, intervention(s), and evaluation of a problem solution within the time frame of this DNP program. Please see Clinical Practice Question for further detail and examples of clinical questions.

Review of applications for this program will begin immediately for enrollment in Fall 2014. Admission will continue until the cohort is filled. Please see the admission criteria and application for this new program.  

Please contact:
Graduate Programs in Nursing
WSU – Rochester
859 30th Avenue, SE
Rochester, MN  55904
507.285.7473

Graduate Nursing Tuition Information

Tuition for Academic Year 2014 - 2015 is projected to be
$670 per credit for 600 level courses and $770 per credit for 700 level courses.
Please note there are differing tuition fees between the Rochester and Winona campuses. For general tuition information please visit
Winona State University 
Cost of Attendance website. 

Overview of Programs and Plans of Study

 

Master of Science (2-year Plan of Study)
Master of Science (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (Plan of Study)
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (Plan of Study)
Graduate Certificate (Plan of Study)

Students choosing the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program are prepared to provide and manage health care of the acutely ill and the critically or chronically ill adult patient in a wide range of settings. AGACNP practice includes decision-making, both independently and interdependently; and is directly accountable for clinical judgments.  In addition to the nursing science core and direct care core courses, content includes differential diagnosis and disease management; diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to manage acute and critical health problems; participation in and use of research; development and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management; and consultation with emphasis on interdisciplinary therapeutics. Clinical practicums under the supervision of qualified acute care provider preceptors will focus on acute care in a variety of specialty areas. The clinical scholarship project is completed by all DNP students and involves demonstration of knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care in a variety of settings and for a variety of populations. The Post-Master's DNP program is designed to integrate the students into the existing sequence of courses leading to preparation as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).  The Post-Master's DNP program provides nurses who already have a Master's degree as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner the opportunity to acquire the DNP education preparation.  The Graduate Certificate (GC) is for nurses who have completed a previous graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and desire to prepare for certification as an AGACNP.  Graduates are eligible to take the American Nursing Credentialing Center's (ANCC) national board certification AGACNP exam.
The Gainful Employment Disclosure provides information about the cost of the program, ways to finance education and success rates.

Master of Science (2-year Plan of Study)
Master of Science (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (4-year Plan of Study)
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (Plan of Study)
Graduate Certificate (Plan of Study)

Students who elect the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) program will develop and implement the role of clinical nurse specialist with the adult-gerontology population. Extension of advanced nursing practice roles of expert clinician, leader/manager, teacher, consultant, and researcher will be demonstrated within the framework of clinical nurse specialist practice in adult health/gerontology nursing. Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist students will demonstrate competencies in three spheres of influence: patient/client, nurse/nursing personnel, and systems/organizations.  The clinical scholarship project is completed by all DNP students and involves demonstration of knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care in a variety of settings and for a variety of populations.  The Post-Master's DNP program is designed to integrate Post-Nursing DNP students into some of the existing courses in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program.  This program provides nurses who already have a Master's degree nursing preparation as a nurse specialist the opportunity to acquire DNP education preparation.  The Graduate Certificate (GC) is for nurses who have completed a previous graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and desire to prepare for certification as an AGCNS.  Graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist exam. 

The Gainful Employment Disclosure provides information about the cost of the program, ways to finance education and success rates.

Master of Science (2-year Plan of Study)
Master of Science (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (4-year Plan of Study)
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (Plan of Study)
Graduate Certificate (Plan of Study)

Students who elect the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program are prepared to perform an expanded nursing role as primary health care providers.  In addition to the nursing science core courses and the direct care core courses, content includes comprehensive assessment of the health status of adults; diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems; provision of counseling and teaching in areas of health promotion and disease prevention; and collaboration with other health professionals. Clinical practicums under the supervision of qualified nurse practitioners or other primary care provider preceptors will focus on primary health care in a variety of settings.  The Graduate Certificate (GC) is for nurses who have completed a previous graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and desire to prepare for certification as an AGPCNP.  The clinical scholarship project is completed by all DNP students and involves demonstration of knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care in a variety of settings and for a variety of populations.  Graduates are eligible to take the American Nursing Credentialing Center's (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program's (AANPCP) national board certification AGNP exams.   

In 2007, WSU was selected for the "National Outstanding Faculty Practice Award" from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

The Gainful Employment Disclosure provides information about the cost of the program, ways to finance education and success rates.

 

Master of Science (2-year Plan of Study)
Master of Science (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (4-year Plan of Study)
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (Plan of Study)
Graduate Certificate (Plan of Study)

Students who elect the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program are prepared to perform an expanded nursing role as primary health care providers.  In addition to the nursing science core courses and the direct care core courses, content includes comprehensive assessment of the health status of adults, children and families; diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems; provision of counseling and teaching in areas of health promotion and disease prevention; and collaboration with other health professionals. Clinical practicums are under the supervision of qualified nurse practitioners or other primary care provider preceptors will focus on primary health care in a variety of settings.  The Graduate Certificate (GC) is for nurses who have completed a previous graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and desire to prepare for certification as an FNP.  The clinical scholarship project is completed by all DNP students and involves demonstration of knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care in a variety of settings and for a variety of populations.  Graduates are eligible to take the American Nursing Credentialing Center's (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program's (AANPCP) national board certification FNP exams.    

In 2007, WSU was selected for the “National Outstanding Faculty Practice Award" from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

 

The Gainful Employment Disclosure provides information about the cost of the program, ways to finance education and success rates.

 

Master of Science (2-year Plan of Study)
Master of Science (3-year Plan of Study)
Graduate Certificate (Plan of Study)

Students who elect the Nurse Educator (NE) program are prepared to teach in an academic or health care setting. In addition to the nursing science core and direct care core courses, content is offered in knowledge and skills related to the teaching/learning process in nursing, as well as curriculum and program design,  instruction, assessment, and evaluation. Students practice teaching under the guidance of preceptors in academic and health care settings.  Graduates with the MS award are eligible to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Examination after two years of full-time employment in the academic faculty role. The Graduate Certificate (GC) is for nurses who have completed a previous graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and desire to prepare for certification as an NE; GC graduates are also eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Examination after two years of full-time employment in the academic faculty role. 

The Gainful Employment Disclosure provides information about the cost of the program, ways to finance education and success rates.

Master of Science (2-year Plan of Study)
Master of Science (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (3-year Plan of Study)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (4-year Plan of Study)
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (2-year Plan of Study)
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (3-year Plan of Study)
Graduate Certificate (Plan of Study)

Students who elect the Nursing and Organizational Leadership (NOL) program are prepared for administrative and leadership positions in a health care setting. In addition to the core courses, content focuses on elements of a nursing care system; the responsibilities of the Nursing and Organizational Leader in research, education, and clinical practice; human resource management; fiscal accountability; information and project management; the functions of the Nursing and Organizational Leader in the organization and system; and on issues and trends in nursing organizational management. Clinical practicums in advanced nursing for the Nursing and Organizational Leader emphasize management of clients, nurses, other health care personnel and resources. The Nursing Leadership Practicums offer students the opportunity to apply nursing leadership and administrative principles under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Graduates with the MS and DNP award are eligible to take the American Organization of Nurse Executives exam to become certified as an Executive in Nursing Practice (CENP) exam after two years of practice as a nurse executive. The Post-Master's DNP is designed to integrate the Post-Nursing Master's students into the existing sequence of courses leading to preparation as a DNP Nursing and Organizational Leader (NOL).  This option provides nurses that already have Master's degree preparation as a NOL the opportunity to acquire DNP education preparation, and to develop their knowledge and skills in the principles and practice of nursing administration leadership.  The Graduate Certificate (GC) is for nurses who have completed a previous graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and desire to prepare to take the American Organization of Nurse Executives Certified in Executive in Nursing Practice (CENP) exam after two years of practice as a nurse executive.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure provides information about the cost of the program, ways to finance education and success rates.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (3-year Plan of Study) 
Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (2-year Plan of Study) 

Students who elect the Practice and Leadership Innovations (PLI) emphasis are prepared to develop innovations in practice and leadership. In addition to core courses, content focuses on leadership in practice, organizational leadership, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovations. Students will be allowed to tailor their program with electives that advance their knowledge of practice, innovations, and/or leadership. Students will be prepared to lead innovations, advance practice, and improve healthcare outcomes. Clinical practicums in advanced nursing for the Practice leadership Innovations emphasis enable students to develop and lead a practice and/or leadership innovation project with attention to the impact on the organization and human/financial implications. The Nursing Leadership Practicums offer the students the opportunity to apply nursing practice, leadership, and innovation principles under the guidance of a qualified preceptor.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure provides information about the cost of the program, ways to finance education and success rates.

Programs provide specialized knowledge and practice opportunities in each advanced nursing role. Winona State University Graduate Programs in Nursing is delighted to have a Clinical Placement Coordinator positioned on the WSU-Rochester Campus.  WSU Graduate Nursing students are extended the opportunity to work closely with the Clinical Placement Coordinator to arrange clinical settings.  The Clinical Placement Coordinator will gladly provide more information regarding clinical offerings.  Winona State University takes pride in attaining clinical affiliations with numerous health care facilities, such as, Allina Health,  Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System,  and Mercy Medical Center  to name a few.  

Faculty in the Graduate Programs in Nursing provide the utmost variety of course delivery methods, such as, face-to-face class time, online, and hybrid/blended, with courses offered as a distance option one semester and face-to-face class time the following semester.  Graduate Programs in Nursing strives to provide the most flexibility to a variety of learners.      

Thank you for your interest in the WSU Graduate Programs in Nursing.  If you have any questions or wish more information, please feel free to contact our office.