Post-Graduate Certificate


There are six post-graduate certificates available to students who already have a graduate degree and want to pursue programs like our master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in less time.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Post-Graduate Certificate


If you want to care for adult patients with acute, critical, or chronic illnesses, then the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) post-graduate certificate program may be the best fit for you.

You'll learn differential diagnosis, disease management, therapeutic interventions, and more.

Here’s what else you need to know about the AGACNP post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 18 credits and 600 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in two semesters and one summer session
  • Costs approximately $19,000

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) Post-Graduate Certificate


Are you driven to give direct care to adult patients and work with nursing systems and organization? Check out the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) post-graduate certificate program.

Here’s what else you need to know about the AGCNS post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 16 credits and 480 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in three semesters
  • Costs approximately $17,000

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Graduate Certificate


If you enjoy working with people of all walks of life, look no further than the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) post-graduate certificate program.

Here’s what else you need to know about the FNP post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 21 credits and 600 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in two semesters
  • Costs approximately $22,500

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Nurse Educator (NE) Post-Graduate Certificate


Want to combine your passions for nursing and teaching? Check out the Nurse Educator (NE) post-graduate certificate program.

You'll learn how to teach in either an academic or healthcare setting, how to design your curriculum, how to be an effective instructor and evaluator—and more.

Here’s what else you need to know about the NE post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 12 credits and 180 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in one semester
  • Costs approximately $9,500

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Nursing & Organizational Leadership (NOL) Post-Graduate Certificate


Want to be a leader or administrator in the healthcare field? Dive into the Nursing and Organizational Leadership (NOL) post-graduate certificate program.

Here’s what else you need to know about the NOL post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 24 credits and 360 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in four semesters
  • Costs approximately $19,000

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Graduate Certificate


Are you passionate about helping others of all ages who have behavioral and mental health problems and disorders? The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) post-graduate certificate program may be right up your alley.

Here’s what else you need to know about the PMHNP post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 24 credits and 600 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in three semesters and two summer sessions
  • Costs approximately $26,000

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Application Deadline


The application deadline for Fall 2022 Graduate Nursing programs is Oct. 1.

Interested applicants should apply through NursingCAS, our online application system.

Admission criteria for the Graduate Certificate Programs in Nursing include:

  1. Graduate degree from a nationally accredited graduate program in nursing;
  2. Computer literacy with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and data base programs; ability to meet minimum computer hardware and software for accessing coursework;
  3. Transcripts of past education with GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale (1 official transcript from
    each institution attended);
  4. Applicants with GPA less than 3.0, but are otherwise competitive in the applicant pool, will be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis*;
  5. Applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
  6. Minimum of one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
  7. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) applicants need to meet additional requirements:
    1. One year critical care experience strongly preferred (e.g., ICU, ER, ICU/CUU, unit providing high acuity care with fast-paced decision making and complex procedures);
    2. ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification;
    3. ECG interpretation course required prior to beginning clinical courses;
  8. Evidence of current, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Minnesota licensure typically required for all clinical courses. Other state license may also be required for clinical experiences in those states according to state statute;
  9. Applicants submit two (2) references from persons who can comment competently on the applicant’s background and suitability for nursing masters/doctoral study. At least one professional reference from a professional who occupies the student’s chosen advanced practice nursing role (e.g. nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, nurse administrator/leader); one professional reference; and one academic or professional reference;
  10. Statement of professional goals;
  11. Clinical paperwork including a background check required after admission (clinical requirement, fees assessed);
  12. Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
  13. Applicants for Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS), Nurse Educator (NE) and Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs must have evidence of completion of advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment (60 hours faculty supervised and includes diagnostic reasoning), advanced health promotion and advanced pharmacology (within last three years required in some states for credentialing);
  14. Any applicant seeking to change or add a different population focus, who has graduated from an accredited MS-NP program and in active practice, will be presumed to have met all post MS certificate prerequisites (advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning, advanced health promotion, advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology);
  15. Graduate Programs in Nursing tuition rates apply;
  16. Admission may be conditional based upon Minnesota State Board of Nursing and Department of Education Higher Education regulations.

*Provisional Admittance - Provisional admittance may be granted to applicants who have an Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) below 3.0, but are otherwise competitive in the applicant pool. Students accepted provisionally must maintain a 3.0 graduate GPA for their first 12 semester credits, during which time they must take at least one of the following courses: NURS 600 - Scientific and Ethical Foundations; NURS 606 - Nursing Information Management and Decision Making; or STATS 601 - Statistical Methods.


Applications may be obtained from:

Graduate Programs in Nursing
Winona State University - Rochester
859 30th Avenue, SE, Suite EA 129
Rochester, MN  55904
507.285.7473 or 800.366.5418 
   OR    Office of School of Graduate Studies
Winona State University
PO Box 5838
Winona, MN  55987
507.457.5038 or 800.342.5978
  

Applications are also available online, please visit Graduate Programs in Nursing.

International students must also contact the International Student & Scholar Services office at 507.457.5303.

Plans of study for Graduate Certificates at Winona State University provide detailed outlines of courses students will take.

Graduate Certificate Plans of Study

  • The number of first-time takers of national certification examinations will be at or above the national average (if certification is required for practice).
  • The majority of graduates will be employed within one year of graduation from WSU.
  • The majority of graduates will be satisfied with their graduate nursing education within one year of graduation.
  • Employers will be satisfied with graduates.
  • The majority of students admitted to a graduate certificate program will complete the certificate within four years

It is possible to take selected courses as a Graduate Special Study Student before being admitted into the University.

Transcripts are not required for admittance into the graduate special study program. The Certification of Baccalaureate Degree form is used in place of transcripts.

There is no deadline to apply for graduate special status; however, you are required to have the certificate of Baccalaureate submitted with the application before it can be processed.

An Online Graduate Special Application is available online for your convenience.

 

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities that have any financial aid eligible programs that “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation” to disclose certain information, such as program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; and the number of students who have completed the program.

View the Gainful Employment Disclosure for the following graduate certificate programs: