RN-BS Frequently Asked Questions
Get the answers to your questions on the RN-BS program. If you still have a question, please feel free to contact us.
How many credits are needed to graduate from WSU?
- 28 credits from the Nursing Major
- 12 credits Upper Level Elective Courses Numbering 300-499
- Students may choose electives for additional credits needed. Adult and Continuing Education offers Professional Development Workshops that may be taken to complete upper level credits. Learn more about WSU's Professional Development Workshops.
How many two year credits will transfer?
Up to 80 transferable credits.
What is the number of credits needed to satisfy WSU Residence Rule?
30 credits (28 credits from the Nursing Major and 2 additional upper level credits from WSU).
How many credits are in the WSU RN-BS Completion Program?
28 upper division credits.
What are the plans of study?
Do I need a current RN license before applying to WSU/RN-BS program?
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.
What is the admission process?
There are 2 steps to be taken:
- 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.
- 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).
When are WSU RN-BS Program applications available?
Applications are available at the end of January.
What are the program locations?
La Crescent and Rochester.
What semester do the RN-BS Completion courses start?
Are there clinical hours required?
Practice hours are required for various community-based courses.
Is Statistics required?
Statistics must be completed prior to taking N375. Students will need to verify that they met the necessary prerequisite for Statistics.
Does the program meet Public Health Certification requirements?
The RN-BS Completion program meets the criteria for public health certification in the state of Minnesota.
What is the GPA admission requirement?
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.
What options are available for diploma graduates?
The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is used as a challenge for graduates of diploma programs. Students may earn 24 credits.
What options are available for graduates of non-accredited nursing programs?
WSU accepts students from non-accredited programs.
Is the WSU RN-BS Completion Program accredited?
Yes, the RN-BS Completion is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Does WSU have an RN-MS Professional Pathway?
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.
Where would I find scholarship or financial aid information?
What is the tuition cost?
Refer to Student Services for current tuition/fees
- 507.285.7100 or 800.366.5418
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
- 507.285.7349 or 1.800.366.5418 extension 7349