College of Nursing & Health Sciences

The College of Nursing & Health Sciences provides a comprehensive, cutting-edge education full of hands-on experiences to prepare students for today’s world of healthcare, human services, and recreation.

At WSU, students are part of an educational environment that supports life-long wellness for individuals, our communities, and our global society. 

Our programs are designed to teach caring, ethical, competent, and progressive professionals who are sensitive to diversity and prepared to work with individuals through all stages of health and wellness. 

Hands-On Experiences
Students gain first-hand experience while bridging the gap in healthcare access through Bridges Health, a clinic that provides free services to community members. 
Alumni Experiences at Bridges Health
WSU nursing students practice their skills and provide care to a patient.
Global Engagement
Healthcare and social services vary widely around the world. Travel opportunities can complement classroom education and clinical experiences as part of a student’s degree program. 
A WSU student takes in a view of large city while on a study abroad program.

Winona State University is accredited for undergraduate and graduate programs by the Higher Learning Commission. 

Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 


The following programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing:

  • Baccalaureate degree program in nursing
  • Master’s degree program in nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice program
  • Post-graduate APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) certificate program

The WSU Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The Baccalaureate and Master’s programs received continuing program approval in June of 2013. The next consideration for continuing approval by the Board of Nursing will be after the planned 2022 Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation visit and when the CCNE board action is complete.

Graduates of the traditional 4-year, pre-licensure program (Generic Option) are eligible to write the professional nurse licensure examination (NCLEX). 

Generic Option and RN to BS Completion graduates are eligible to apply for Public Health Nursing Certification in Minnesota and may also apply to the Board of Teaching for a school nurse license in Minnesota after they obtain Public Health Nurse certification. 

Graduates can give professional nursing care in first-level nursing positions and have a base for graduate study.

Department of Education Disclosures

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented new regulations that professional nursing programs (RN and APRN) must adhere to: Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a)(5)(v).

In compliance with this regulation, WSU is providing the following information:

  • WSU’s nursing curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in the states/jurisdictions of: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
  • WSU’s undergraduate nursing curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for professional licensure in the states/jurisdictions of: None
  • WSU has not made the determination if the undergraduate nursing curriculum meets state educational requirements in the states/jurisdictions of: American Samoa, Guam, and Michigan

This information was gathered from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website and last updated on July 1, 2022. 

WSU assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained in this resource. It is your responsibility to verify accuracy by visiting the NCSBN website.

Social Work

Our Bachelor of Social Work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1984, and our Master of Social Work program has been approved for candidacy eligibility.

Our BSW program measures and reports on student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the CSWE accreditation standards.

These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. In the BSW program, students have learning opportunities to master each competency through social work courses and field.

Review our annual Summary of the Program Assessment Plan (PDF).

The WSU MSW Program has been awarded full accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through 2030.