Typical Program Plan for 4 Academic Years

Example Sequences | Term 1 & 2 | Term 3 & 4

Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing: Generic Option

Upon admission to WSU, the student declares nursing as his/her major. Admission to the upper division nursing program is selective, and requires a separate application. This application is due mid-semester prior to beginning nursing courses the following semester. Students will be admitted to the Generic Option twice per year.  Applications are available in August – October 1 for spring admissions and in November – February 1 for fall admissions. Students are assigned to either the Winona or Rochester campus in the fall, and to the Winona campus in the spring.

Students begin their coursework at Winona State as pre-nursing majors, and complete required prerequisites to prepare for admission to the upper division nursing program.

The Nursing prerequisites are:

  • BIOL 206 Normal Nutrition or HERS 205 Nutrition for Lifetime Wellness
  • BIOL 209 Microbiology
  • BIOL 211 and 212 Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • CHEM 210 General, Organic & Biochemistry or CHEM 212 and 213 Principles of Chemistry I & II
  • PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science 
  • PSY 250 Developmental Psychology
  • SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 212 Sociology of Families
  • ENG 111 College Reading and Writing
  • STAT 110, 301 or 305 or PSY 231  

Students may apply for admission to the upper division nursing program once they have completed 4 of 5 natural science prerequisites, 3 of 4 social science prerequisites, English 111 and Statistics (STAT 110, 301 or 305 or PSY 231).  All nursing prerequisite courses (or their equivalents) must be completed with a grade of  "C" or better before beginning the required upper division nursing program course work.  

Students may apply through the preferred admission contract or the general admission application process.   

All applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).  The TEAS may be taken only once.  The TEAS should be taken just before applying--for example, students applying by Feb. 1 to begin the major in fall should take the TEAS in January just before the application due date.

Admissions Criteria: 60% prerequisite GPA (calculated on the 3 most recent natural sciences, not including nutrition, 3 most recent social sciences, English and statistics), 20% TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) score, 15% starting coursework at WSU or RCTC, 5% not repeating or withdrawing from any nursing prerequisites.

The preferred admission contract is for the new entering first year student declaring nursing as his/her major on admission to WSU.  The student must be ready for college level courses (no 050 or 099) and have an ACT of 22 or higher.  Students who sign the preferred admission contract as first-year WSU students and meet contract requirements will have first priority for admission to the nursing program.  In order to retain preferred admission status, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at time of application to the upper division nursing program, have received a grade of “C” or better in the nursing prerequisites, have not repeated or withdrawn from ("W") any nursing prerequisite once enrolled at WSU*, receive a TEAS  score of  proficient, advanced or exemplary, complete 15 credits per semester (at least 45 credits completed by the time of application to the nursing major), apply after 3 semesters or sooner, and see a WSU nursing advisor every semester.  

*  Students who completed grade-bearing college credits for nursing prerequisite courses while in high school and received a grade of W, D or F may repeat the course prior to their first day of class as a New Entering Freshman at WSU without invalidating their eligibility for the Preferred Admission Contract.  Effective with the incoming Freshman class of Fall 2013.

The general admission application process is designed for students without the preferred admission status, transfer students, and WSU students who have changed their major to nursing. To qualify for the general admission process, the student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 at the time of application to the upper division nursing program, to have completed 45 credits, to have completed all nursing prerequisites within the past 5 years with a letter grade of “C” or better, and to have completed the TEAS exam at the time of application.  

Please note: The Generic Option BS in Nursing at Winona State University is closed to transfer students, other than students who began their college coursework after high school at Rochester Community and Technical College who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

Additional requirements prior to enrollment in upper division nursing courses:

  • Certification as a nursing assistant, and listed as “active” on the Minnesota Department of Health’s Nursing Assistant Registry (http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fpc/profinfo/narinfo/aboutnar.html)
  • Certification in CPR for One & Two Person, Infant, Child and Adult (only American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers).
    If you previously completed American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers and your certification is current, that certification also meets the requirement.
  • Provide copies of your CNA and CPR certification to the Nursing Department
  • Pass Minnesota and/or Wisconsin and National background checks to be eligible for clinical experiences
  • Complete Health Information forms required by the Nursing Department

For more information about the CNA and CPR requirements, please review CNA and CPR FAQs (PDF).

If you have questions about transfer of college credits, you can call the WSU Admissions Office at 1-800-DIAL-WSU . You can also use Transferology.

Example Sequences

The following are examples of how to fit course requirements for the BS degree in Nursing into four academic years at Winona State University.  Other coursework can be adjusted in these sequences as long as prerequisites are completed in the necessary, timely sequence. Transfer student situations are looked at individually.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester                             Spring Semester
ENG 111 (4)                                CMST 191 or 192(3)
CHEM 210 (5)                              BIOL 211 (4)
PSY 210 (3)                                 SOC 150 (3)
OR 100 (1)                                   BIOL 206 or HERS 205 (3)

General Education courses in Fall
General Education courses in Spring


Sophomore Year

Fall Semester                             Spring Semester
BIOL 212 (4)                               BIOL 209 (3)
PSY 250 (3)                                SOC 212 (3)
STAT 110 (3)

General Education courses in Fall
General Education courses in Spring


Freshman Year

Fall Semester                             Spring Semester
CMST 191 or 192 (3)                  ENG 111 (4)
BIOL 211 (4)                               BIOL 212 (4)
SOC 150 (3)                               SOC 212 (3)
STAT 110 (3)
OR 100 (1)

General Education courses in Fall
General Education courses in Spring


Sophomore Year

Fall Semester                             Spring Semester
BIOL 206 or HERS 205 (3)           CHEM 210 (5)
BIOL 209 (3)                                  PSY 250 (3)
PSY 210 (3)

General Education courses in Fall
General Education courses in Spring


General Education categories to be fulfilled beyond nursing prerequisites: Humanities & Fine Arts, Global Perspectives, Ethical & Civic Responsibility, and People & the Environment.  An average of 15 credits per semester is recommended.

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Upper Division Nursing Program Courses (4 Semesters, 59 total credits)

Term 1 & 2

Term 1

Total required credits = 16 Semester Hours (S.H.)


NURS 341 - Therapeutic Applications of Nursing Skills & Health Assessment (4 S.H. - 2 theory, 2 lab)
NURS 343 - Professional Practice I (5 S.H. - 3 theory,
2 practicum)
NURS 344 - Leadership in Basic Nursing Practice (2 S.H. theory)
NURS 360 - Pharmacology (2 S.H. theory)
NURS 366 - Pathophysiology (3 S.H. theory)

Term 2

Total required credits = 14 S.H.


NURS 352 - Caring for the Older Adult (3 S.H. - 2 theory,
1 practicum)
NURS 353 - Professional Practice II (5 S.H. -2 theory,
3 practicum)
NURS 354 - Leadership in Research & Evidence-based Practice (3 S.H. theory)
NURS 358 - Psychosocial Adaptation (3 S.H. theory)

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Term 3 & 4

Term 3

Total required credits = 16 S.H.


NURS 421 - Nursing of Childbearing Families (2 S.H. theory)
NURS 422 - Nursing of Childrearing Families (2 S.H. theory)
NURS 426 - Clinical Prevention & Population Health I
(2 S.H. theory)
NURS 443 - Professional Practice III (5 S.H. practicum)
NURS 444 - Leadership in Contemporary Healthcare Settings (2 S.H. theory)
NURS 446 - High Acuity/Progressive Care (3 S.H - 2 theory, 1 practicum)

Term 4

Total required credits = 13 S.H.


NURS 427 - Clinical Prevention & Population Health II
(2 S.H. theory)
NURS 453 - Professional Practice IV (5 S.H. practicum)
NURS 454 - Leadership in Professional Practice (4 S.H. -
1 theory, 3 practicum)
NURS 458 - Complex Mental Health Care (2 S.H. theory)
For further information contact: nursing@winona.edu or www.winona.edu or www.winona.edu/nursingandhs/nursing.asp

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Winona State University
Department of Nursing
PO Box 5838 – 303 Stark Hall
Winona MN 55987-5838
Or 800.342.5978 (DIALWSU) for WSU switchboard

Melissa Neitzel, Administrative Assistant

Beth Twiton, Student Services Coordinator

Dr. Martha Scheckel, Chairperson
Winona State University-Rochester Center
Department of Nursing HS 107
859 30th Ave SE
Rochester MN 55904
Or 800.266.5418 for University Center Switchboard