Nursing Accreditation

CCNE Accreditation Evaluation of DNP and Graduate Certificate programs – Third Party Comments welcomed.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has scheduled an accreditation onsite evaluation of the WSU Graduate Programs in Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate program for Oct. 21 – 23, 2019. During the CCNE accreditation process, there is opportunity for program students and faculty and other interested parties to submit, in writing, comments regarding a program’s qualifications for accreditation.

You are invited to submit confidential, third party comments in writing directly to CCNE. CCNE shares third-party comments with the evaluation team prior to the on-site evaluation, but at no time during the review process are the comments shared with the program, the Accreditation Review Committee, or the Board. During the review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments, if any, that relate to the accreditation standards.

All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English. You may mail or email your comments by Sept. 30, 2019 to the following addresses:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or 507.457.5122. 

Thank you for participating in this important process.

Jeanine E. Gangeness, PhD
Associate Vice President - Rochester, Academic Affairs, Dean for School of Graduate Studies
Acting Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Winona State University
400 S Broadway, Suite 300, Rochester, MN 55904
Office: 507.535.2530
Fax: 507.535.2531


Current Nursing Accreditation Status

Winona State University is accredited for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs by the Higher Learning Commission. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) certificate program, at Winona State University are accredited by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.887.6791

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has accredited the Winona State University Baccalaureate Degree Programs and Master’s programs in Nursing through June 2023. Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and post-graduate APRN certificate programs are accredited through June 2020.

The WSU Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The Baccalaureate and Master’s programs received continuing program approval in June of 2013. The next consideration for continuing approval by the Board of Nursing will be after the planned 2022 Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation visit and when the CCNE board action is complete.

Graduates of the traditional 4 year, pre-licensure program (Generic Option) are eligible to write the professional nurse licensure examination (NCLEX). Generic Option and RN to 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. Graduates are capable of giving professional nursing care in first-level nursing positions and have a base for graduate study.