To Apply to the Undergraduate Nursing program (Generic Option) for Fall 2014 please click on the following link:
Winona Nursing Application Fall 2014
**Applications are due in the office by Monday, February 3, 2014 by 4 p.m. Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted. Please print and turn in the attached application before the deadline to Stark 303 or mail to WSU Nursing Department, Stark 303, P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN 55987**
**The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test is required if you are applying for admission to start Fall 2014. The TEAS test is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.
The TEAS test is taken on a computer. Be sure to bring your laptop, power cord and ethernet cable when you come to take the test!
The TEAS test will be offered on the Winona campus on:
Wednesday, January 15, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., Pasteur 237
Thursday, January 16, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., Pasteur 237
Thursday, January 23, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., Pasteur 237
Friday, January 24, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., Pasteur 237
Sign up to take the TEAS at www.atitesting.com Space is limited in each session, so sign up early to be sure you get the date you want. The TEAS may be taken only once. You should take the TEAS just before you apply to the major. These January testing sessions are for students who will be submitting an application to the nursing major for the Feb. 3, 2014 deadline. Students are responsible for the cost of testing.
If you are unable to take the TEAS on campus, you may sign up to take the TEAS at a PSI testing center. Click on "Register for TEAS with PSI" on the ATI Testing website.
Questions about the TEAS test. Review TEAS FAQs.
Admission to the Generic Option
Applications for admission to begin the nursing major in Fall semester 2014 will be available in early November, and will be due by February 3, 2014.
The Application Readiness Checklist (opens as an Excel file) can provide an unofficial assessment of your readiness to apply to the nursing major. This checklist must be completed and attached to your application for admission.
Application to the nursing program is a two-step process:
- 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 email@example.com. Transfer students must allow sufficient time to complete the WSU admission process prior to the nursing program application process. The deadline for application to WSU for transfer students planning to apply for spring admission to the nursing major is September 1. Questions regarding the transfer process can be directed to Carol Ziehlsdorf, Associate Director Admissions/Transfer Specialist at 507.457.5106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.**
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.