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. For a printout of these steps, download the Becoming an HLA Student Checklist (PDF).
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:
Apply to Winona State University
Access the Winona State application online. Declare the "Pre-HLA" (PHLA) major.
Have official transcripts sent to WSU from all educational institutions you attended
Instructions on transferring coursework are available here.
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.
If accepted, you will be sent an acceptance letter.
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. Plan for one hour. To set up your appointment call 507-457-2315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start your financial aid application process, if applicable
If you plan to apply for financial aid, begin the financial aid process as early as possible, and be sure to watch for deadlines.
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 education needs.
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)
To find out the next steps after your HLA Advising Appointment, click here.
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