Student Resources

To be successful in this online program, you will benefit most from practicing effective communication with the program faculty and support staff and by developing and fine tuning skills in time management. Resources such as the Online Orientation and the WSU Distance Learning Portal are especially helpful early on as you are adjusting to university life and online education.

Please take the time to read through the policies and resource information presented below to equip yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate your online educational experience at Winona State University.

To satisfy the academic standards of the Healthcare Leadership and Health & Wellness Management programs, students must know and adhere to the following policies:

University Policies that Govern Student Conduct: Please know and abide by the Academic Integrity Policy and the Student Conduct Code. Refer to the Conduct and Citizenship policies for more details.

Original Work Policy: Integrity is essential for online students. It is expected that the submission of all coursework is the sole and original work of the student enrolled. See the Academic Integrity Policy for details. Winona State will conduct spot checks on authorship for all enrolled students.

Etiquette Policy: Corresponding via the World Wide Web in online courses presents communicators with the task of overcoming the absence of non-verbal cues in communication. When engaging in an online learning environment, it is important to remember several points of etiquette that will facilitate effective communication. You are expected to be respectful and courteous in all written and direct communications with your instructors and fellow classmates. Behave as politely as you would in a regular classroom. Language that might come across as offensive, inappropriate or strong will not be tolerated. For more specific rules on etiquette, consult your course materials.

Grading Method Policy: All of your major-specific courses must be taken for a letter grade.

HLA 300 Policy: Upon admission to the program, students must take HLA 300. If a student does not pass HLA 300 in their first semester, they must meet with the program director before being permitted to progress in the program. Students must pass HLA 300 within their first two semesters of starting their program of study.

Progression Policy: Students must complete their program of study within three years of their first semester taking HLA courses. Plans of study follow either a two- or three-year progression sequence. To complete in three years, students average taking two courses per semester.

Readmission Policy: Admitted major students who do not take HLA core or elective courses for two consecutive semesters are considered inactive and must reapply to the program during the next admission cycle. Students who reapply will adhere to the most current admission requirements and policies.

A total of 120 semester credits are needed to graduate with a baccalaureate degree from Winona State University. Graduation requirements include completion of WSU General Education Program (GEP) requirements, as well as all HLA major course requirements. Technical credits that have been approved in articulation and/or transfer may apply to the necessary 120 credit total.

At least 40 of the required 120 credits must be upper division (300 and 400 level). Also, at least 30 of the 120 credits needed for graduation must be earned at WSU during a student's junior and senior years.

In order to qualify for graduation, Healthcare Leadership and Health & Wellness Management majors must additionally demonstrate a 2.5 GPA in their major and achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all courses that count toward their program of study.

For a checklist of WSU's graduation requirements, see the Academic Policies & University Requirements section of the WSU Undergraduate Catalog

When necessary, WSU will coordinate the review, approval and disbursement of financial aid for coursework at other Minnesota State colleges and universities that goes toward the fulfillment of graduation requirements at Winona State. Once financial aid is dispersed, students taking coursework at another school are responsible for making payments for those courses directly to the appropriate institution(s).

Students will also need to complete a Financial Aid Consortium Agreement each semester they take coursework at both WSU and another institution. 

If a change is made to a student's schedule that voids information submitted on an existing Consortium Agreement, a new Consortium Agreement must be submitted. For example, if a student drops or changes sections of a course that was listed on an initial Consortium Agreement, a second should be submitted that notifies the Financial Aid Office that a change has been made. 

For more information about financial aid processes, contact the Financial Aid office at 507.457.5090.

If you take courses at another Minnesota State school while you are enrolled at Winona State, they will not show up on your WSU transcript until you request that they be retrieved from the school from which you have taken them.

After you have finished a semester and your grades are posted at all institutions, complete the eTranscript Request form located on this Student Forms list to have your grades brought into your WSU student record.

Any questions about this process or the status of a transcript evaluation should be directed to the Warrior Hub.