Nursing Program Admissions

Applications are now open for the Undergraduate Nursing program (Generic Option) for Fall 2016. 

Please note:  The Generic Option BS in Nursing at Winona State University is closed to transfer students, other than students who began their college coursework after high school at Rochester Community and Technical College who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. 

To apply, download, print and complete the Application to Begin the Nursing Major (PDF) for Fall 2016.  If you are a qualified RCTC applicant, you must first apply to Winona State University and submit official transcripts.  Applicants for admission must be declared as nursing candidates (PNUG or PNGE) as of the application due date.

Your application must also include a completed and signed Application Readiness Checklist.  The Application Readiness Checklist opens as an Excel file.  It is designed to be completed on the computer.  Print out the completed checklist, sign, attach and submit with your Application for Admission.  You need not print the checklist in color.

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.

**Applications are due in Nursing Department office (Stark 303) no later than 4pm on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.  Please print and turn in theApplication (PDF) and Application Readiness Checklist before the deadline to Stark 303 or mail to WSU Nursing Department, Stark 303, P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN  55987** 

For guidance in completing the application, download and review the Sample Application (PDF). A Nursing Application and TEAS Q & A session will be offered in January 2016. Watch for more details.

For more information about the CNA and CPR requirements, please see CNA and CPR FAQs (PDF).

TEAS Test Dates and Information

All applicants to the generic BS in Nursing must complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).  Only students planning to apply for the Feb 1, 2016 deadline to begin the major in fall semester 2016 should take the TEAS in January 2016.  The TEAS may be taken only once, and should be taken the semester of application to the major.  Students are responsible for the cost of testing.

TEAS dates for January 2016 will be announced on this website as soon as they become available.

The TEAS is a multiple choice test taken on computer.  TEAS has sections on reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage.  Be sure to bring your laptop, ethernet cord and power cord.

For more information, please see TEAS FAQs (PDF).

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 Qualified RCTC 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 or RCTC, 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.  Email for the appropriate transfer application and to request an advisor.  Students need to identify the campus they wish to attend:  Austin, La Crescent 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.
  2. The application for 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 application.  Applications to the RN-BS Completions Program are reviewed and admitted starting in February through July for the fall admittance. 
  3. Students have the option to select the full-time or part-time plan of study for completing the nursing courses.
  4. 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 toward the 120 credits required for our bachelor degree to graduate.  Students having less than 80 transferable credits will have additional credits to complete.
  5. 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.
  6. All RN to 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Associate nursing degrees received before 1985 will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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.