Nursing Program Admissions

Application Readiness Checklist

Use this checklist (which opens as an Excel file) to see if you are ready to apply to the nursing major.

Admission to the Generic Option

Application to the nursing program is a two-step process:
  1. The first step is admission to Winona State University. A WSU application, $20.00 non-refundable fee, and official transcripts from all schools attended must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Contact the Admissions Office for more information regarding application to the University: (507.457.5100) or Transfer students must allow sufficient time to complete the WSU admission process prior to the nursing program application process.  Questions regarding the transfer process can be directed to Carol Ziehlsdorf, Associate Director Admissions/Transfer Specialist at 507.457.5106 or
  2. After being admitted to WSU, the second step is application to the nursing major. Application to the upper-division nursing program is in the semester prior to the intended start of nursing coursework, e.g. spring semester for fall nursing courses or fall semester for spring nursing courses. Applications for Spring are available from August - October 1. Applications for Fall are available November - February 1. Admission to the Generic Option with fall semester start of nursing courses includes placement on the Winona (up to 50 students) and Rochester campus (up to 50 students). Admission to the Generic Option with spring semester start is also available on the Winona campus (up to 50 students).

At the time of application for the Generic Option, 4 of the 5 prerequisite courses in the natural sciences, 3 of the 4 social science prerequisites, English and Statistics must be completed. (If you have taken Chem. 212/213 - 4 of the 6 prerequisite courses in the natural sciences must be completed). ALL prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better before starting the nursing program.

You must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or above, and must have completed at least 45 credits.  Your cumulative GPA will be calculated on your most recent five years of college coursework. If you do not have recent or current five years of coursework, then the GPA is calculated on the most recent 50 semester hour credits of college coursework. All credits within the last semester (where the 50 credits fall in the semester) must be included in the GPA calculations. All grades for prerequisite courses must be at a "C" or better no matter when they were completed.

When applying, you must indicate a plan for completing any remaining prerequisite courses in the natural and social sciences prior to starting the nursing major in the fall. When applying for the spring semester, all prerequisites will need to be completed by the end of the fall semester. ALL prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

If you are transferring from another nursing program, in addition to meeting the above requirements, you must submit to the Department of Nursing an official transcript from the program and a letter from the academic head of the program stating that the student is eligible for continuing in or readmission to that program. Placement in the major will then be determined based on background and space available.

Campus preference is indicated during the application phase. Campus assignments are made at the time of admission to the major.

* Breakdown for Admission 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 score, 15% starting coursework at WSU, and 5% not repeating or withdrawing from any prerequisites.

**A copy of your CNA & CPR certifications must be submitted to the nursing department at time of admission to the program.** 

**Nursing students must also pass Minnesota and/or Wisconsin and National background checks to be eligible for clinical experiences and enrollment in the program.**

Admission to the RN to BS Completion Program  

  1. Complete the WSU admissions process before applying to the nursing major. After receiving the Official Evaluation of Credit from the Office of Admissions (DARS), arrange an appointment with a nursing advisor on the Rochester campus.
  2. Apply for admission to the nursing major. Applicants to the Nursing Program are admitted once a year for the following academic year.  Application to the RN to BS Completion Program is during spring semester or summer for the following fall.
  3. Contact the Rochester campus Nursing Department office in the preceding fall for application materials, deadline dates, and general information. Students need to seek academic advisement prior to applying to the RN to BS Completion program to ensure that all requirements are fulfilled. Select the full-time or part-time option for completing the nursing courses. 
  4. Additional degree requirements beyond nursing courses will need to be completed for graduation. It is highly recommended that all non-nursing degree requirements and the nursing requirement of 5 upper-division elective credits be completed prior to the RN to BS Completion nursing courses because of scheduling consideration.
  5. All RN to BS Completion students must hold an RN license with current registration by a state or territory of the United States. A photocopy of the license must be submitted to the Nursing Department.
  6. The admission GPA is calculated on the most recent five years of college coursework or the last 50 semester hours of credits of college work.  A 2.75 GPA is required for admission into the RN to BS Completion Program.
  7. Twenty-four (24) credits in the RN to BS Completion of the nursing major (N302, N304, N306 and N308) will be granted by transfer to RNs who have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an NLNAC-accredited program. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is used as a challenge for these credits for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs.  If all examinations are successfully completed, the 24 credits are granted.
  8. RN graduates from a non-accredited nursing program will be required to complete an assessment of learning validating prior learning.

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 Masters Degree in Nursing. Selected courses meet requirements for the undergraduate and graduate programs. Students must meet additional admission requirements and should also consult the WSU Graduate Catalog. Separate formal application to the Master's Nursing Program is required. Further information can be obtained from the Nursing Department at WSU-Rochester Center.

MnSCU Statewide Nursing Articulation Agreement

The following terms and conditions of articulation among nursing programs are in effect at WSU:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. The Associate in Science (AS) Degree transfers to the baccalaureate institution as a whole package of nursing major and supporting courses.
  5. Articulation RNs should not be required to complete more total credits for the degree than the generic nursing baccalaureate students.
Contact Us
Undergraduate Nursing in Winona
Department of Nursing
Stark Hall, Room 303
Winona, MN 55987
800.342.5978 x5120

Undergraduate Nursing and
RN to BS Completion in Rochester

WSU-Rochester Center
859 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904
800.366.5418 x7349