Academic Policies and Scholarship Opportunities



Complaint Policy for Winona State University Department of Nursing

Complaint Policy for the Winona State University Department of Nursing (pdf)

The Department of Nursing strives to provide environment of mutual respect, cooperation, fair treatment, stewardship of resources, integrity, and quality education and services.  Even with this commitment, problems and concerns sometimes occur.  Resources and procedures are available to students and other parties for appealing decisions or policies, addressing concerns, resolving grievances and complaints, and dealing with retaliation.

Students, faculty, staff or other constituents who have a concern are expected to follow established policies and procedures for a concern or complaint found in the Complaint Policy for the Department of Nursing.

Milestones in Graduate Education

Milestones in Graduate Education

Below is a general outline of forms or events that are important to remember. The forms/events are listed in the chronological order in which they usually occur. Please pay attention to these milestones as they will help you reach your goal.


Application to Candidacy: An "Application to Candidacy" form must be on file with the Office of Graduate Studies before completing 16 credits. Please see your advisor for Graduate Handbook/Catalog for more information. (Graduate Certificate students need to submit a "Certificate Program Plan" form.)

Complete the "Supplement to Candidacy" form if there are any changes in your course work after submission of the original candidacy form.


Thesis/EBP Project: Using the Research Guidelines, complete EBP/Thesis project. Submit the "Bindery" form to the Graduate Studies Office to show completion of the EBP/Thesis Project.


Application for Graduation: An "Application for Graduation" form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies by midterm of the previous term prior to graduation 9see academic calendar for official due date). Please see your advisor or Graduate Handbook/Catalog for more information. (Graduate Certificate students need to submit a "Certificate Program Completion" form.)


GRADUATION! You have achieved your goal. Congratulations!!

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If you have ANY questions about these milestones or about the program, please make an appointment to speak to your academic advisor.

Most forms listed above may be found either at the Graduate Studies website located at; or the Graduate Programs in Nursing website at

updated: 8-21-2011

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting the Frequently Asked Questions webpage allows you to locate answers to general program questions as well as detailed information for graduate nursing specialty programs.

Thesis / SIP Guidelines (2013-2014)

Please visit the webpage for Thesis and Scholarly Inquiry Paper Project Guidelines by clicking on the link below.  

Thesis and Scholarly Inquiry Paper Guidelines (2013 - 2014) (pdf)

Thesis Binding Information (pdf)


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