RN-BS Frequently Asked Questions

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120 credits

Up to 80 transferable credits.

30 credits (28 credits from the Nursing Major and 2 additional upper level credits from WSU). 

28 upper division credits. 

Full-Time and Part-Time (2, 3, or 4 year plans). Most students choose the two year plan of study.

Students may apply to WSU and the RN-BS Completion program prior to obtaining RN licensure. However, students must have an unencumbered license prior to starting the RN-BS Completion Program. 

There are 2 steps to be taken:

  1. Complete WSU online transfer application. Official transcripts need to be submitted from non-Minnesota State colleges. Students who have taken WSU credits and haven’t completed degree requirements need to complete Intent to Return.
  2. Apply for admission into the RN-BS Completion Program after meeting with an advisor for a Degree Audit Review. (Students need to meet with a nursing advisor specific to the campus they desire to attend). 

Applications are available at the end of January. 

La Crescent and Rochester.

Fall semester. 

Practice hours are required for various community-based courses. 

Statistics must be completed prior to taking N375. Students will need to verify that they met the necessary prerequisite for Statistics.

The RN-BS Completion program meets the criteria for public health certification in the state of Minnesota. 

A 2.75 cumulative grade point average is required. If a student has less than 2.75 GPA than the most recent 50 credits are counted to determine if a 2.75 has been met. 

The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is used as a challenge for graduates of diploma programs.  Students may earn 24 credits. 

WSU accepts students from non-accredited programs. 

Yes, the RN-BS Completion is accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Yes. Students need to be enrolled in the WSU RN-BS Completion Program. There is a separate application process for the RN-MS Professional Pathway. All electives need to be completed prior to applying to the RN-MS Pathway Program. Acceptance in a focus area is not guaranteed. The WSU Graduate Catalog and the Department of Nursing should be consulted for additional information. 

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