Typical Program Plan for 4 Academic Years
Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing: Generic Option
Upon admission to WSU, the student declares nursing as his/her major. Admission to the upper division nursing program is selective, and requires a separate application. This application is due mid-semester prior to beginning nursing courses the following semester. Students will be admitted to the Generic Option twice per year. Applications are available in August – October 1 for spring admissions and in November – February 1 for fall admissions. Students are assigned to either the Winona or Rochester campus in the fall, and to the Winona campus in the spring.
Students begin their coursework at Winona State as pre-nursing majors, and complete required prerequisites to prepare for admission to the upper division nursing program.
The Nursing prerequisites are:
Students may apply for admission to the upper division nursing program once they have completed 4 of 5 natural science prerequisites, 3 of 4 social science prerequisites, English 111 and Statistics (STAT 110, 301 or 305 or PSY 231). All nursing prerequisite courses (or their equivalents) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better before beginning the required upper division nursing program course work.
Students may apply through the preferred admission contract or the general admission application process.
All applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS may be taken only once. The TEAS should be taken just before applying--for example, students applying by Feb. 1 to begin the major in fall should take the TEAS in January just before the application due date.
Admissions Criteria: 60% prerequisite GPA (calculated on the 3 most recent natural sciences, not including nutrition, 3 most recent social sciences, English and statistics), 20% TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) score, 15% starting coursework at WSU or RCTC, 5% not repeating or withdrawing from any nursing prerequisites.
The preferred admission contract is for the new entering first year student declaring nursing as his/her major on admission to WSU. The student must be ready for college level courses (no 050 or 099) and have an ACT of 22 or higher. Students who sign the preferred admission contract as first-year WSU students and meet contract requirements will have first priority for admission to the nursing program. In order to retain preferred admission status, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at time of application to the upper division nursing program, have received a grade of “C” or better in the nursing prerequisites, have not repeated or withdrawn from ("W") any nursing prerequisite once enrolled at WSU*, receive a TEAS score of proficient, advanced or exemplary, complete 15 credits per semester (at least 45 credits completed by the time of application to the nursing major), apply after 3 semesters or sooner, and see a WSU nursing advisor every semester.
* Students who completed grade-bearing college credits for nursing prerequisite courses while in high school and received a grade of W, D or F may repeat the course prior to their first day of class as a New Entering Freshman at WSU without invalidating their eligibility for the Preferred Admission Contract. Effective with the incoming Freshman class of Fall 2013.
The general admission application process is designed for students without the preferred admission status, transfer students, and WSU students who have changed their major to nursing. To qualify for the general admission process, the student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 at the time of application to the upper division nursing program, to have completed 45 credits, to have completed all nursing prerequisites within the past 5 years with a letter grade of “C” or better, and to have completed the TEAS exam at the time of application.
Additional requirements prior to enrollment in upper division nursing courses:
For more information about the CNA and CPR requirements, please review CNA and CPR FAQs.
If you have transfer questions, you can call the WSU Admissions Office at 1-800-DIAL-WSU . You can also check on the Web-Based Course Transfer System (www.uSelectmn.org). Through this website, a potential transfer student has direct access to course acceptability, equivalency and applicability among participating institutions across the United States, enabling students to immediately see how their courses fulfill degree requirements at the desired college or university. Click on equivalencies by school, and follow the prompts to select Winona State University as the university to transfer to and to designate the school you are transferring from. It's an easy and efficient way to check if your credits will transfer.