Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Thank you for your interest in our Graduate Programs in Nursing. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs at Winona State University are designed for RN with a Baccalaureate or Master degree in nursing who wish to expand their nursing practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

The DNP programs are designed so that each student will be able to:

  • Employ evidence-based practice when planning, implementing, and evaluating health care for individuals, families, aggregates, systems, and organizations.
  • Integrate nursing theory, research, ethics and related sciences into the delivery of culturally competent advanced nursing care for diverse populations and health care systems.
  • Demonstrate professionalism within an advanced nursing role.
  • Demonstrate leadership with inter-professional teams to analyze complex practice and organizational issues.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care in a variety of settings and for a variety of populations. 
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.

 

Application Deadlines

Graduate Programs in Nursing is moving toward an online Graduate Nursing Application. The new online Graduate Nursing Application will be available August 15, 2019. Please contact the Graduate Programs in Nursing department with any questions.

The priority deadline for Fall 2020 admittance is Oct. 1, 2019. Final deadlines are listed below. Interested applicants should apply through NursingCAS, an online application for nursing programs.


Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs: 


RN to Graduate Nursing Pathway: Oct. 1, 2019

Winona State University Graduate Programs in Nursing 

Admission Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate DNP Programs include: 

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a Nationally accredited graduate program in nursing;
  2. Undergraduate coursework in physical assessment;
  3. Undergraduate courses in nursing research and statistics required;
  4. Computer literacy with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and data base programs;
  5. Transcripts of past education with GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale (1 official transcript from each institution attended);
  6. Applicants with GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis;
  7. 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);
  8. Minimum of one year clinical nursing experience (recommended);
  9. 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
  10. 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;
  11. Applicants submit three (3) 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;
  12. Statement of professional goals;
  13. Clinical paperwork including a background check required after admission (clinical requirement, fees assessed);
  14. Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be required to have a personal interview with program faculty;
  15. Graduate Programs in Nursing tuition rates apply;
  16. BSN-DNP Applicants Only:
    1. Professional Resume’;
    2. Applicants asked to provide clinical practice question that you are most interested in studying in your clinical scholarship courses.  Applicants should provide background for why this clinical question is important for clinical nurse scholars to answer and be formatted in the PICO or PICOT style.  In addition, the applicant may provide ideas for the most appropriate clinical setting within which this question can be answered;


*A recommended resource book for those considering the DNP is: The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A Guidebook for Role Development and Professional Issues by Lisa Astalos Chism (2013). It offers a background for why the DNP is important for practice; differences between the DNP and Ph.D.; expectations for possible coursework in a DNP program; and hints for transitioning into one’s role with a DNP degree.  It may answer questions for anyone pondering a DNP program. (Jones and Bartlett Publishers; ISBN# 978-0-4496-4560-1).

Admission Requirement for the Post-Master's DNP Programs Include: 

  1. Master’s degree from a nationally accredited graduate program in nursing;
  2. Master’s coursework in organizational and systems leadership and nursing information management and decision-making;
  3. Master’s courses in nursing research and statistics  required;
  4. Computer literacy with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and data base programs;
  5. Transcripts of past education with GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale (1 official transcript from each institution attended);
  6. Applicants with GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis;
  7. 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);
  8. Minimum one year clinical nursing experience in functional master’s level role (recommended);
  9. 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/CCU, 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;
  10. 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;
  11. Evidence of national certification as an APRN for NP and AGCNS applicants. Applicants for the NOL/PLI program must have completed a master’s in nursing with a focus in administration/ leadership;
  12. Applicants submit three (3) references from persons who can comment competently on the applicant’s background and suitability for 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 administrator/leader); one professional reference; and one academic or professional reference;
  13. Professional resume’;
  14. Statement of professional goals;
  15. Clinical paperwork including a background check required after admission (clinical requirement, fees assessed);
  16. Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Programs in Nursing may be required to have a personal interview with Program faculty;
  17. Graduate Programs in Nursing tuition rates apply;
  18. Applicants asked to provide clinical practice question that you are most interested in studying in your clinical scholarship courses.  Applicants should provide background for why this clinical question is important for clinical nurse scholars to answer and be formatted in the PICO or PICOT style.  In addition, the applicant may provide ideas for the most appropriate clinical setting within which this question can be answered;
  19. An evaluation of newly admitted student clinical hours will be conducted to determine whether the student meets the credit/clinical hours requirements for the program and whether additional credit/clinical hours are necessary to meet graduation requirements.

*A recommended resource book for those considering the DNP is: The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A Guidebook for Role Development and Professional Issues by Lisa Astalos Chism (2013). It offers a background for why the DNP is important for practice; differences between the DNP and Ph.D.; expectations for possible coursework in a DNP program; and hints for transitioning into one’s role with a DNP degree.  It may answer questions for anyone pondering a DNP program. (Jones and Bartlett Publishers; ISBN# 978-0-4496-4560-1).

Plans of Study for Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice at Winona State University provide detailed outlines of courses students will take.

Three-Year Post-Baccalaureate DNP Plans of Study

Four-Year Post-Baccalaureate DNP Plans of Study 

Two-Year Post-Master’s DNP Plans of Study

Three-Year Post-Master's DNP Plan of Study

Advanced Standing DNP Plan 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 DNP program will complete the degree within six years.
  • Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs Expected Program Outcomes
  • The majority of graduates will be employed within one year of graduation from WSU.
  • The majority of students admitted to a Post-Master’s DNP program will complete the degree within four years.
  • Employers will be satisfied with graduates.

Definition of Electives 

An elective for use in any Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is “any graduate level course (3 credits preferred) that the graduate advisor approves.” (Graduate Committee Meeting Minutes, Nov. 10, 2014)

View the Tentative Schedule of Offerings (PDF) for course titles and terms. 

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.

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Please feel free to call or email your questions to us if we can be of any further assistance. You may also request to meet with a faculty advisor who can meet with you to establish an individualized plan of study. Our office may be reached at 507.285.7473 or email gradnursing@winona.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!