RN - BS Completion Program
The Registered Nurse - Bachelor of Science (RN - BS) Completion Program is for students who already hold a registered nurse license and are now seeking a Bachelor of Science degree. See our RN – BS FAQs (PDF) for more information.
Admission to the RN - BS Completion program
- Complete the WSU admissions process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the appropriate transfer application and to request an advisor. Students need to identify the campus they wish to attend: Austin, LaCrescent or Rochester. Students are assigned an advisor by the campus they prefer to attend. After receiving the degree audit report from the Office of Admissions, arrange an appointment with your designated nursing advisor.
- The application to the RN-BS Completion major is emailed out to the student after meeting with a nursing advisor. The RN-BS Completion Program applications are available mid January. The advisor will request an application be emailed out to the applicant. Applications to the RN-BS Completion Nursing Program are reviewed and admitted starting in February through July for the fall admittance.
- Students have the option to select the full-time or part-time plan of study for completing the nursing courses.
- 80 credits can be transferred in from a two year college. The 80 credits are lower college level credits. These 80 credits will be applied towards the 120 credits required for our bachelor degree to graduate. Students having less than 80 transferable credits will have additional credits to complete.
- Additional degree requirements beyond nursing courses include 12 credits of upper level electives and statistics. Statistics needs to be completed prior to N375. It is highly recommended that all other credit requirements must be in progress or completed prior to starting the RN-BS Completion Program. Adult & Continuing Education offers professional development workshops for credit which may be used to meet upper level elective requirements.
- All RN-BS Completion students must hold a current RN license issued by a state or territory of the United States. The license information must be provided on the nursing application.
- A DARS cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for admission into the RN-BS Completion Program. The admission GPA may be calculated on the most recent five years of college coursework or the last 50 semester hours of credits of college work.
- The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is used as a challenge for these credits for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs. Twenty-four (24) credits in the RN-BS Completion Program of the nursing major (N302, N304, N306 and N308) will be granted if all examinations are successfully completed.
- Associate nursing degrees received before 1985 will be reviewed on an individual basis.
RN-to-MS Professional Pathway
The RN to MS Professional Pathway is designed for highly motivated nurses who graduated with an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing, who have nursing experience and whose goal is a Master of Science Degree in Nursing.
However, acceptance into a focus area is not guaranteed. Selected courses meet the requirements for undergraduate and graduate programs but students must meet additional admission requirements including a separate, formal application to the Graduate Nursing Program. Students are also strongly encouraged to meet with the Director of the Graduate Nursing Program.
Find out more about this program by viewing the RN to MS Professional Pathway information on the Graduate Nursing website. Contact the WSU-Rochester Graduate Nursing Department at 507.285.7473 with any questions about the program.
Minnesota State Nursing Articulation Agreement
- The candidate must have graduated from an Associate Degree program for registered nurses that is approved by a state board of nursing and based in a regionally accredited college or university.
- The candidate must have been awarded the Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Nursing with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum grade of "C" in each nursing course.
- The candidate must have been graduated from a board-approved program in nursing and have a current unencumbered authorization to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).
- The Associate in Science (AS) Degree transfers to the baccalaureate institution as a whole package of nursing major and supporting courses.
- Articulation RNs should not be required to complete more total credits for the degree than the generic nursing baccalaureate students.
B.S. Major - Nursing: RN to BS Completion program-- 52 S.H. (Required courses must be taken for a letter grade.) Note: Includes 24 S.H. of nursing in transfer or exam.
Required Courses (NURS)
N375 Research and Evidence-based Practice (3)
N415 Concepts in Professional Nursing (4)
N435 Holistic Assessment (3)
N445 Evidence-based Leadership and Management (3)
N455 Continuity of Care (4)
N465 Population Based Health Care II (4)
N475 Population Based Health Care I (4)
N491 Professional Development (3)
The RN-BS Completion Program can be completed either full time or part time. A sample schedule appears below:
Full Time Fall:
N415 Tues 4 credits
Full Time Spring:
N445 Tues 3 credits
Part Time Two Years
Part Time 1st Year Fall
N415 Tues 4 credits
Part Time 1st Year Spring
N445 Tues 3 credits
Part Time 2nd Year Fall
N375 Thurs 3 credits
Part Time 2nd Year Spring
N465 Thurs 4 credits
Additional Part Time Plans of Study are Available
Admission to the RN-BS Completion Program is required prior to taking the following eight courses.
N375- Research and Evidence-based Practice (3 S.H.) (RN-BS Completion Program)
Focus on the basic elements of the research process and models for applying evidence to clinical practice. This is a critical analysis intensive course for University Studies and is designed to meet the requirements in critical analysis. Prerequisite: STAT 301, 110 or PSY 231 or course equivalency.
N415-Concepts in Professional Nursing (4 S.H.) (RN-BS Completion Program)
This course serves to assist in the transition of the RN-BS Completion student as they build on their prior basic nursing education and identify with the baccalaureate nursing major. The student is introduced to the Winona State University Department of Nursing curriculum/organizing framework that serves as the base upon which to build their future career in nursing. Evidence-based teaching-learning theory and skills will provide the basis for teaching health promotion to a young learner population. Analysis of a political issue related to health care delivery will foster an appreciation of the political process within the baccalaureate role as a nurse. Holistic caring is related to critical thinking, teaching learning, role development, and nursing practice. Application of critical thinking skills to holistic caring will promote insight into a new vision of professionalism and professional values within this baccalaureate degree for the RN-BS Completion student.
N435-Holistic Assessment (3 S.H.) (RN-BS Completion Program)
This course develops the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Focus is building on theoretical concepts, critical thinking, decision-making and application of clinical skills. Students will be responsible for self-management of learning activities. An online learning resource is used to understand and apply assessment content.
N445 Evidence-based Leadership and Management (3 S.H.) (RN-BS Completion Program)
This course fosters heightened awareness of management and leadership theory within the context of baccalaureate professional role development and the practice of nursing. Change theory applied to a nursing situation assists in the future application of change theory. An appreciation of complex organizational structure will promote successful employment of management and leadership skills with emphasis on evaluation and quality control.
N455 - Continuity of Care (4 S.H.) (RN-BS Completion Program)
This course explores complex continuity of care issues involving the individual, family, and/or community. The content will assist the student to perceive the significance of professional evidence-based nursing interventions related to specific situations and/or populations. Some of the diverse situations include: self care, stress management, experience of loss, novice to expert. Some of the diverse populations include: older adults, people with dementia, people at the end of life, people with mental illness, and culturally diverse individuals. Evidenced-based teaching-learning theory and skills are applied to the adult learner population.
N465 – Population Based Health Care II (4 S.H.) (RN-BS Completion Program)
This course focuses on evidence-based health promotion interventions to populations. Students are expected to provide competent care by using high ethical standards and critical thinking. Students will elaborate on the foundational principles of teaching/learning in developing a sophisticated health promotion teaching tool. Students will become a student of the community, to learn from families and other aggregates in the community how they define and promote their own health. Students will integrate evidence based practices in developing nursing interventions..
N475 - Population Based Health Care I (4 S.H.) (RN-BS Completion Program)
Focuses on assessment and evidence-based practices to assess protective and predictive factors that influence the health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Public health concepts are introduced along with population-focused interventions.
N491 – Professional Development (3 S.H.) (RN-BS Completion Program)
This course synthesizes all previous courses and is designed to encapsulate the essence of baccalaureate professional role development. With this course the student continues to develop a vision of their future professional development. This course should lead the student to the completion of the Winona State University Department of Nursing Baccalaureate Program Outcomes.
302 - CNAT: Care of the Adult Client (6 S.H.) (RN to BS Completion Program)
Demonstration of knowledge through an exam focusing on the nursing care of clients in a variety of settings and at various stages of the wellness-illness continuum. Items also assess nursing skills in meeting physiologic and psychosocial needs of clients with stable conditions. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is required for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs and A.D.N. programs that are not accredited by NLNAC. P/NC only.
304 - CNAT: Care of Client During Childbearing (6 S.H.) (RN to BS Completion Program)
Demonstration of knowledge through an exam focusing on nursing care during the antepartal, intrapartal, and neonatal periods. Emphasis is on the normal, with some common complications. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is required for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs and A.D.N. programs that are not accredited by NLNAC. P/NC only.
306 - CNAT: Care of the Child (6 S.H.) (RN to BS Completion Program)
Demonstration of knowledge through an exam concerned with nursing care of children of all ages at various stages of health and illness. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is required for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs and A.D.N. programs that are not accredited by NLNAC. P/NC only.
308 - CNAT: Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder (6 S.H.) (RN to BS Completion Program)
Demonstration of knowledge through an exam addressing the broad spectrum of psychological wellness-illness. The content includes psychosocial assessment and intervention strategies to support the client’s strengths. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is required for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs and A.D.N. programs that are not accredited by NLNAC. P/NC only.