Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice
Graduate Certificate

Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission criteria for the Master of Science Programs in Nursing include:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program;
  2. Undergraduate coursework in physical assessment;
  3. Undergraduate courses in nursing research and statistics strongly recommended;
  4. Computer literacy with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and 
    data base programs;
  5. Transcripts of past education with GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale (1 official 
    copy of transcript from each institution attended)
    ;
  6. Students with GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission on
    an individual basis;
  7. Minimum of one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
  8. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) applicants need
    to meet additional requirements;
    a.  One year critical care experience (e.g., ICU, ER, ICU/CUU, unit providing
    high acuity care with fast-paced decision making and complex procedures)
    b.  ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    c.  ECG interpretation course required prior to beginning clinicals;
  9. Evidence of current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Minnesota
    licensure required for all clinical courses. Other state license may also be
    required for clinical experiences in those states according to state statute;
  10. Three professional and/or academic references from persons who can comment
    competently on the applicant’s background and suitability for graduate study. At
    least one professional reference should be a person who occupies the student’s
    chosen role focus (e.g. nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse 
    administrator/leader, nurse educator)
    ;
  11. Statement of professional goals;
  12. Background check (clinical requirements after admissions) (fee assessed);
  13. Students requesting admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be
    required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
  14. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international or non-English
    speaking students;
  15. Differential tuition costs apply to Graduate Nursing Program.  

Admission criteria for the Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs in Nursing include:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program;
  2. Undergraduate coursework in physical assessment;
  3. Undergraduate courses in nursing research and statistics strongly
    recommended;
  4. Computer literacy with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and data
    base programs;
  5. Transcripts of past education with a GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale (1 official
    copy of transcript form each institution attended)
    ;
  6. Students with GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission on
    an individual basis;
  7. Minimum one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
  8. Evidence of current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Minnesota
    licensure required for all clinical courses. Other state license may also
    be required for clinical experiences in those states according to state statute;
  9. Three professional and/or academic references from persons who can comment
    competently on the applicant's background and suitability for doctoral study;
    at least one professional reference should be a person who occupies the 
    student's chosen program (e.g., nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist,
    nurse administrator/leader)
    ;
  10. Professional resume';
  11. Statement of professional goals;
  12. Background check (clinical requirement after admissions) (fee assessed);
  13. Students requesting admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may also
    be required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
  14. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international or non-English speaking
    students;
  15. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) applicants need
    to meet additional requirements:
    a.  One year critical care experience (e.g., ICU, ER, ICU/CUU, unit providing
    high acuity care with fast-paced decision making and complex procedures)
    b.  ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification
    c.  ECG interpretation course required prior to beginning clinical courses;
  16. Differential tuition costs may apply to Graduate Nursing Program courses.

Admission criteria for the Graduate Certificate Programs in Nursing include:

  1. Graduate degree from a nationally accredited graduate program in nursing:
  2. Computer literacy with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and data
    base programs;
  3. Transcripts of past education with GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale (1 official
    copy of transcript from each institution attended)
    ;
  4. Students with GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission on
    an individual basis;
  5. Minimum of one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
  6. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) applicants need
    to meet additional requirements:
    a.  One year critical care experience (e.g., ICU, ER, ICU/CUU, unit providing
    high acuity care with fast-paced decision making and complex procedures);
    b.  ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification
    c.  ECG interpretation course required prior to beginning clinical courses;
  7. Evidence of current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Minnesota 
    licensure required for all clinical courses. Other state license may also be
    required for clinical experiences in those states according to state statute;
  8. Three professional and/or academic references from persons who can comment
    competently on the applicant's background and suitability for graduate study; 
    at least one professional reference should be a person who occupies the 
    student's chosen program (e.g., nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist,
    nurse administrator/leader, nurse educator)
    ;
  9. Statement of professional goals;
  10. Background check (clinical requirement after admissions) (fee assessed);
  11. Students requesting admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be
    required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
  12. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international or non-English 
    speaking students;
  13. Applicants for all advanced practice programs (NP and CNS) and the nurse 
    educator (NE) programs must have evidence of completion of advanced 
    pathophysiology, advanced health assessment (60 hours faculty supervised 
    and includes diagnostic reasoning)
    , advanced health promotion and 
    advanced pharmacology (within last three years required in some states 
    for credentialing)
    ;
  14. Differential tuition costs apply to all Graduate Certificate Nursing Programs. 

Admission criteria for the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs in Nursing include:

  1. Master's degree from a national accredited graduate programs in nursing;
  2. Mater's coursework in organizational and systems leadership and nursing
    information management and decision-making;
  3. Master's courses in nursing research and statistics strongly recommended;
  4. Computer literacy with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and data
    base programs;
  5. Transcripts of past education with GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale (1 official
    copy of transcript from each institution attended)
    ;
  6. Minimum one year clinical nursing experience in functional master's level role
    (recommended);
  7. Evidence of current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Minnesota
    licensure required for all clinical courses. Other state license may also be
    required for clinical experiences in those states according to state statute;
    evidence of national certification as an APRN for NP and CNS applicants.
    Applicants for the NOL program must have completed a master's in nursing
    with a focus in administration/leadership;
  8. Three professional and/or academic references from persons who can comment
    competently on the applicant's background and suitability for doctoral study; at
    least one professional reference should be a person who occupies the student's
    chosen role focus (e.g., nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse
    administrator/leader)
    ;
  9. Professional resume';
  10. Statement of professional goals;
  11. Background check (clinical requirement after admissions) (fee assessed);
  12. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international or non-English speaking
    students;
  13. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) applicants need
    to meet additional requirements:
    a.  One year critical care experience (e.g., ICU, ER, ICU/CUU, unit providing
    high acuity care with fast-paced decision making and complex procedures
    b.  ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification
    c.  ECG interpretation course required prior to beginning clinical courses;
  14. Students may also be asked to participate in a personal interview with program
    faculty;
  15. Differential tuition costs may apply to Graduate Nursing Program courses.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM:

Graduate Programs in Nursing
Winona State University – Rochester
859 30th Avenue SE, Suite EA 129
Rochester, MN  55904
507.285.7473 or 800.366.5418
Office of Graduate Studies
Winona State University
PO Box 5838
Winona, MN  55987
507.457.5038 or 800.342.5978

 

Applications are also available online, please visit Graduate Programs in Nursing.

International students must also contact the International Services office at:  507.457.5303.