Becoming an HLA Student
Once you have decided that the Healthcare Leadership & Administration program at Winona State is for you, there are a series of steps you must take to get started as an HLA student. Carefully read through what is required of you before, during and after your HLA advising appointment below. A printout of these steps, Becoming an HLA Student Checklist (PDF), has been made available online.
Before Your HLA Advising Appointment: Getting Admitted
Learn about WSU’s HLA Online Completion Program
Review the HLA website to learn the details about the major and program entry requirements:
From there, fill out the HLA pre-application form. After submitting your pre-application, an HLA advisor will contact you by e-mail to schedule a phone conversation to share additional information, answer your questions and determine whether or not this program may be a good fit for you.
Apply to Winona State University
Access the Winona State application online. Declare the "Pre-HLA" (PHLA) major.
If you meet the Adult Entry requirements, please check the box for the adult entry program. (Adult Entry Requirements: minimum of 4 years since completion of high school diploma or GED for students who have not previously enrolled at a post-secondary institution. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.4 GPA from their transfer institution(s) or have a minimum of one year since their last enrollment.)
Be sure to check the application deadline, which is usually 45 days before the semester begins. We highly recommend that you apply early, preferably four to six months before the semester starts.
If you are admitted, you will receive an acceptance letter. With questions contact: Office of Admissions, Maxwell Hall 111, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have official transcripts sent to WSU from all educational institutions you attended
If you have taken the ACT/SAT, have scores sent to WSU
Send an official ACT/SAT score electronically from ACT or SAT, either by
choosing us as a school to receive your score when you take the test,
or by contacting ACT or SAT
to request an official score be sent. Once you request from the
testing company, allow 7-10 business days for score processing.
Note: Adult Entry students are not required to take the ACT or SAT test. However, if you do not submit scores you will be required to take Accuplacer examinations for Math and English, if you have not taken equivalent courses at another institution that have successfully met minimum requirements.
If you have been accepted, you will be sent an acceptance letter by mail.
Call to set up an HLA advising appointment
Classes fill quickly, so make an HLA advising appointment as soon as you receive your notification of acceptance to the university. Appointments can be done over the phone or in person and last approximately an hour. To set up your appointment, call 507.457.2315 or email email@example.com.
Start your financial aid application process, if applicable
Prepare for your advising appointment
Consider your work schedule, which may dictate your availability for
coursework. HLA major courses are fully online, but you may also
consider classroom-based courses and hybrid courses for your general
It is recommended that for every online credit, you allow two to three hours of time per week for homework, reading, projects, etc. Consider the number of credits and plan of study that best meets your needs. Two-year, three-year, and four-year options are available.
The Day of Your HLA Advising Appointment
Collect all paperwork that you received in your acceptance packet from Admissions
Meet with your HLA advisor & complete the initial registration process (in person or via phone)
- Your HLA advisor will ask you questions related to your educational goals and needs in order to give you recommendations on HLA plan of study, elective courses, and any general education coursework you may need.
- You will gain access to the WSU web registration system and will create a new password
- You will be shown how to navigate the web registration system
- You will be given your registration access code that will allow you to register for classes
- You will choose courses for which to register for your first semester of classes and either add them to your “Wish List” or actually register for them
After finishing your HLA Advising Appointment, you will need to complete some final steps.