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.  Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the last five years for foreign students;
 8.  Minimum of one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
 9.  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;
10. 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;
11. 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)

12. Statement of professional goals;
13. Background check (clinical requirements after admissions) (fee assessed);
14. Students requesting admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be 
       required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
15. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international or non-English 
      speaking students;
16. 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.   Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the last five years for foreign students;
8.   Minimum one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
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 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)
;
11. Professional resume';
12. Statement of professional goals;
13. Background check (clinical requirement after admissions) (fee assessed);
14. Students requesting admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may also
      be required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
15. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international or non-English speaking
      students;
16. 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;
17. 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.  Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the last five years for foreign students;
 6.  Minimum of one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
 7.  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;
 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 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)
;
10. Statement of professional goals;
11. Background check (clinical requirement after admissions) (fee assessed);
12. Students requesting admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be
       required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
13. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international or non-English 
      speaking students;
14. 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)
;
15. 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.   Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the last five years for foreign students;
7.   Minimum one year clinical nursing experience in functional master's level role
      (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;
      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;
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 role focus (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. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international or non-English speaking
      students;
14. 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
15. Students may also be asked to participate in a personal interview with program
      faculty;
16. 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.

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Contact Us
Graduate Programs in Nursing
WSU-Rochester
859 30th Avenue, SE
Rochester, MN 55904
nursing@winona.edu
507.285.7473
800.366.5418