Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Post-Master's DNP New Student Orientation is scheduled on Thursday, August 28th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm in CF103, WSU-Rochester.

 

*** IMPORTANT NEWS ***

Announcing:

A New Doctor of Nursing Practice Program:
Nursing Leadership Program with Practice and Leadership Innovations (PLI) Emphasis

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 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.

A total of 1000 clinical/practicum hours are required for all graduates of a DNP program. This program provides 600 hours. The remain 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.

Review of applications for the Nursing Leadership Program: Practice and Leadership Innovations (PLI) Emphasis will begin immediately for enrollment in Fall 2014. Admission will continue until the cohort is filled. Please see the admission requirements and applications for this new program.

Please contact:
Winona State University - Rochester
Graduate Programs in Nursing
859 30th Avenue, SE
Rochester, MN  55904
507.285.7473 

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.  (Applications must be post-marked by the deadline date listed.)

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for Fall 2015 admittance are as follows:

Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN - DNP)
Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (MS - DNP)

November 15, 2014
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Nursing Leadership Program: Nursing and Organizational Leadership (NOL)
Nursing Leadership Program: Practice and Leadership Innovations (PLI)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs at Winona State University are designed for RNs with a Baccalaureate degree in nursing who wish to expand their practice to include the following roles:

The Post-Baccalaureate DNP program offers a step-out at the master’s level for the AGACNP, AGPCNP, and FNP. The Step-Out Master’s option includes a 2-credit Evidence Based Practice Project/Thesis; the students who move straight through the program to the DNP will not be required to complete the evidence Based Practice Project/Thesis at the master’s level. Winona State University plans to continue this step-out at the master’s level as long as the master’s degree is accepted as entry to practice for advanced practice nurses. When the DNP becomes the entry to practice requirements in 2015 as recommended by AACN, or later, the plan is for the master’s step-out to be eliminated.

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 evalatuion 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.

Winona State University
Graduate Programs in Nursing
Application Checklist


Graduate Programs in Nursing DNP or MS or Graduate Application (including references)

Graduate Programs in Nursing Post-Master's DNP Application

Resume' Format

Clinical Practice Question

MS/MA or PSM or DNP Application for Admission
(Master of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice Applicants)
(Graduate Studies)
(This application is necessary to admit you to Graduate Studies and must be submitted prior to or concurrently with the Graduate Nursing Application.)

Graduate Special Application for Admission
(Graduate Certificate Applicants)
(Graduate Studies)
(This application is necessary to admit you to Graduate Studies and must be submitted prior to or concurrently with the Graduate Nursing Application.)

Winona State University Graduate Programs in Nursing 

Admission Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate DNP Programs include: 

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a Nationally accredited graduate program in nursing;
  2. Undergraduate coursework in physical assessment;
  3. Undergraduate courses in nursing research and statistics required;
  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 transcript from each institution attended);
  6. Applicants with GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis;
  7. Applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
  8. Minimum of one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
  9. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) applicants need to meet additional requirements:
    1. One year critical care experience strongly preferred (e.g., ICU, ER, ICU/CUU, unit providing high acuity care with fast-paced decision making and complex procedures)
    2. ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification
    3. ECG interpretation course required prior to beginning clinical courses
  10. Evidence of current, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Minnesota licensure typically required for all clinical courses.  Other state license may also be required for clinical experiences in those states according to state statute;
  11. Applicants submit three (3) references from persons who can comment competently on the applicant’s background and suitability for nursing masters/doctoral study.  At least one professional reference from a professional who occupies the student’s chosen advanced practice nursing role (e.g. nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, nurse administrator/leader); one professional reference; and one academic or professional reference;
  12. Statement of professional goals;
  13. Clinical paperwork including a background check required after admission (clinical requirement, fees assessed);
  14. Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
  15. Graduate Programs in Nursing tuition rates apply;
  16. BSN-DNP Applicants Only:
    1. Professional Resume’;
    2. Applicants asked to provide clinical practice question that you are most interested in studying in your clinical scholarship courses.  Applicants should provide background for why this clinical question is important for clinical nurse scholars to answer and be formatted in the PICO or PICOT style.  In addition, the applicant may provide ideas for the most appropriate clinical setting within which this question can be answered;


*A recommended resource book for those considering the DNP is: The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A Guidebook for Role Development and Professional Issues by Lisa Astalos Chism (2013). It offers a background for why the DNP is important for practice; differences between the DNP and Ph.D.; expectations for possible coursework in a DNP program; and hints for transitioning into one’s role with a DNP degree.  It may answer questions for anyone pondering a DNP program. (Jones and Bartlett Publishers; ISBN# 978-0-4496-4560-1).

Admission Requirement for the Post-Master's DNP Programs Include: 

  1. Master’s degree from a nationally accredited graduate program in nursing;
  2. Master’s coursework in organizational and systems leadership and nursing information management and decision-making;
  3. Master’s courses in nursing research and statistics  required;
  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 transcript from each institution attended);
  6. Applicants with GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis;
  7. Applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
  8. Minimum one year clinical nursing experience in functional master’s level role (recommended);
  9. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) applicants need to meet additional requirements:
    1. One year critical care experience strongly preferred (e.g., ICU, ER, ICU/CCU, unit providing high acuity care with fast-paced decision making and complex procedures)
    2. ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification
    3. ECG interpretation course required prior to beginning clinical courses;
  10. Evidence of current, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Minnesota licensure typically required for all clinical courses. Other state license may also be required for clinical experiences in those states according to state statute;
  11. Evidence of national certification as an APRN for NP and AGCNS applicants. Applicants for the NOL/PLI program must have completed a master’s in nursing with a focus in administration/ leadership;
  12. Applicants submit three (3) references from persons who can comment competently on the applicant’s background and suitability for doctoral study.  At least one professional reference from a professional who occupies the student’s chosen advanced practice nursing role (e.g. nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator/leader); one professional reference; and one academic or professional reference;
  13. Professional resume’;
  14. Statement of professional goals;
  15. Clinical paperwork including a background check required after admission (clinical requirement, fees assessed);
  16. Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be required to have a personal interview with Program faculty;
  17. Graduate Programs in Nursing tuition rates apply;
  18. Applicants asked to provide clinical practice question that you are most interested in studying in your clinical scholarship courses.  Applicants should provide background for why this clinical question is important for clinical nurse scholars to answer and be formatted in the PICO or PICOT style.  In addition, the applicant may provide ideas for the most appropriate clinical setting within which this question can be answered;
  19. An evaluation of newly admitted student clinical hours will be conducted to determine whether the student meets the credit/clinical hours requirements for the program and whether additional credit/clinical hours are necessary to meet graduation requirements.

*A recommended resource book for those considering the DNP is: The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A Guidebook for Role Development and Professional Issues by Lisa Astalos Chism (2013). It offers a background for why the DNP is important for practice; differences between the DNP and Ph.D.; expectations for possible coursework in a DNP program; and hints for transitioning into one’s role with a DNP degree.  It may answer questions for anyone pondering a DNP program. (Jones and Bartlett Publishers; ISBN# 978-0-4496-4560-1).

Doctor of Nursing Practice Plans of Study

Plans of Study for Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice at Winona State University provide detailed outlines of courses students will take.

Overview descriptions of all programs are available for your review.  For specific coursework please view the program-specific plans below.

Three-Year Post-Baccalaureate DNP Plans of Study

Four-Year Post-Baccalaureate DNP Plans of Study 

Two-Year Post-Master’s DNP Plans of Study

Three-Year Post-Master's DNP Plan of Study

It is possible to take selected courses as a Graduate Special Study Student before being admitted into the University. Transcripts are not required for admittance into the graduate special study program. The Certification of Baccalaureate Degree form is used in place of transcripts. There is no deadline to apply for graduate special status; however, you are required to have the Certificate of Baccalaureate submitted with the application before it can be processed.

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