Accreditation for WSU Nursing Programs


WSU is accredited for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs by the Higher Learning Commission.

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and Post-Graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certificate program at WSU are all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE):

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The CCNE has accredited WSU’s baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing through June 2023. The DNP and APRN certificate programs are accredited through June 2030.

The WSU Nursing Program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate and master’s programs received continuing program approval in June 2013. The next consideration for continuing approval by the Board of Nursing will be after the planned 2022 CCNE accreditation visit and when the CCNE board action is complete.

Graduates of the traditional four-year pre-licensure program (Generic Option) are eligible to complete the professional nurse licensure exam (NCLEX).

Generic Option and RN-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.

WSU graduates are prepared to give professional nursing care in first-level nursing positions and have a base for graduate study.