Graduate Nursing at Winona State

Thank you for your interest in Winona State University’s Graduate Programs in Nursing!

Grounded in an environment of scholarship, the mission of the WSU Department of Nursing is to educate knowledgeable caring, ethical, creative and accountable nurse leaders who provide person- and relationship-centered care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations in a diverse society.

This mission is based on the beliefs that:

  1. A caring, diverse, and respectful community provides the best environment for students to learn how to care for themselves and others
  2. Optimal learning to care for self and others occurs in a caring, diverse and respectful community
  3. Faculty and students are accountable for maintaining and modeling professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct
  4. Recognizing and valuing human diversity is essential to person- and relationship- centered care
  5. Individuals have different ways of knowing and learning about the world
  6. Creativity and innovation contribute to continuous quality improvement and sustainability
  7. An enriched learning environment is the responsibility of faculty, staff and students
  8. Effective nurse leaders engage in continuous professional development and lifelong learning

Masters Programs

Master’s (MS) students select from the programs of:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Leadership: Nursing and Organizational Leadership

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate (GC) students select from the programs of:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate only)
  • Nurse Educator
  • Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate only)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Post-Master’s DNP students select from the programs of:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Leadership: Nursing and Organizational Leadership
  • Nursing Leadership: Practice and Leadership Innovations
  • Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post-Baccalaureate DNP only)

Multiple Course Formats & Clinical Experiences

Courses are offered in a variety of delivery methods, i.e., one day per week on campus, online, or in a hybrid format. Hybrid format involves attendance on campus or in synchronous web-based meetings up to four times per semester with the remainder of the course in a web-based platform.

Students in the Nurse Educator and Nursing and Organizational Leadership programs can choose a Distance Option that is a three-year plan with all courses offered in hybrid format. Students in other programs are also able to access their required courses via hybrid format.

Programs provide specialized knowledge and practice opportunities in each advanced nursing role. Winona State University Graduate Programs in Nursing is delighted to have a Clinical Placement Coordinator positioned on the WSU-Rochester Campus.

WSU Graduate Nursing students are extended the opportunity to work closely with the Clinical Placement Coordinator to arrange clinical settings. The Clinical Placement Coordinator will gladly provide more information regarding clinical offerings.

Winona State University takes pride in attaining clinical affiliations with numerous health care facilities, such as, Allina Health,  Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System,  and Mercy Medical Center  to name a few.  

Professional APRN Licensing or Certification Requirements

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:

  1. WSU’s graduate nursing curriculum meets state educational requirements for APRN licensure or certification in the states/jurisdictions of: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam (CRNP only), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
  2. WSU’s graduate nursing curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for APRN licensure or certification in the states/jurisdiction of: Maryland
  3. WSU has not made the determination if the graduate nursing curriculum meets the state educational requirements for the following states/jurisdictions of: American Samoa, Guam (CCNS only), Iowa (supervision of fluoroscopy only), New York

Last updated on July1, 2020.


This information has been gathered from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website and will be updated annually on July 1.

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.