How to Apply

Follow these steps to apply to the Nursing program at WSU-Rochester.

The Rochester RN-BS site admits students to begin the program in August and January. Apply 2-3 months prior to these months.


Complete Transfer Application

Complete the 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.


Initiate the RN-BS Admissions Process

Contact Christina Pruka to schedule an appointment with a Rochester Academic Advisor to complete a Degree Audit Review.

Apply for admission into the RN-BS Completion Program

Complete the application to the RN-BS Completion major, which will be received by email following meeting with a nursing advisor. RN-BS Completion Program applications are available in mid-January. The advisor will request an application be emailed out to the applicant. Applications to the RN-BS Completion Nursing Program are reviewed and admitted starting in February through July for fall admission. Completed RN-BS applications and all supporting documentation specified in the application, including verification of RN licensure, should be returned to:

Winona State University-Rochester
Department of Nursing, Box 73
859 30 Ave SE
Rochester MN 55904


Select a Plan of Study

Select a part-time or full-time plan of study for completing the nursing courses. 


Submit Verification

Submit verification of a current RN license issued by a state or territory of the United States. The license information must be provided on the nursing application. RN licensure is required prior to beginning RN-BS Completion courses. 


Meet the GPA Requirement

A DARS cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for admission into the RN-BS Completion Program. The admission GPA may be calculated on the most recent five years of college coursework or the last 50 semester hours of credits of college work. 


Receive Notification of Admission

Students are notified of admission acceptance by mail. 


Complete the Comprehensive Nursing Test

The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is used as a challenge for these credits for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs. Twenty-four (24) credits in the RN-BS Completion Program of the nursing major (N302, N304, N306 and N308) will be granted if all examinations are successfully completed.

Please Note: Associate nursing degrees received before 1985 will be reviewed on an individual basis.