Winona State University is accredited for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Undergraduate Programs in Nursing, Master’s programs, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, and post-graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certificate programs are in Nursing are accredited by:
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The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has accredited the Winona State University Baccalaureate Degree Programs and Master’s programs in nursing through June 2023. Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and post-graduate APRN certificate programs are accredited through June 2020.
The undergraduate nursing programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The most recent MN Board of Nursing approval occurred in 2005 and is effective for 10 years. Graduates of the traditional 4 year, pre-licensure program (Generic Option) are eligible to write the professional nurse licensure examination (NCLEX). Generic Option and RN to BS Completion graduates are eligible to apply for Public Health Nursing Certification in Minnesota, and may also apply to the Board of Teaching for a school nurse license in Minnesota after they obtain Public Health Nurse certification. Graduates are capable of giving professional nursing care in first-level nursing positions and have a base for graduate study.