RN-BS Completion

The RN-BS Completion program is designed for working nurses with an Associate Degree or diploma who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

Students are admitted for Spring and Fall semesters to begin nursing courses at the Rochester location. Apply by November 1, July 1, or earlier for planning. You may begin taking electives prior to nursing courses if desired.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must complete a course in statistics, 30 credits of RN-BS coursework, and meet additional requirements for graduation.
  • Students begin RN-BS Completion courses in fall semester only.
  • RN-BS Completion courses are taught in Rochester and La Crescent.
  • See FAQs for more information.

RN-BS Completion students can choose to attend classes in Rochester or La Crescent. For specific locations and contact information, see the Facilities page

RN-BS Completion students complete public health practice experiences at multiple community partners, including public health departments, schools and community agencies.

The program is designed to be flexible for working RNs, with part-time (2-, 3- or 4-year) or full-time (1 year) plans of study available. The courses are online or blended/hybrid format. Students complete practice experience hours in selected courses.

The following terms and conditions of articulation among nursing programs are in effect at WSU:
  1. The candidate must have graduated from an Associate Degree program for registered nurses that is approved by a state board of nursing and based in a regionally-accredited college or university.
  2. The candidate must have been awarded the Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Nursing with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum grade of "C" in each nursing course.
  3. The candidate must have been graduated from a board-approved program in nursing and have a current unencumbered authorization to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  4. The Associate in Science (AS) Degree transfers to the baccalaureate institution as a whole package of nursing major and supporting courses.
  5. Articulation RNs should not be required to complete more total credits for the degree than the generic nursing baccalaureate students.

Pre-Licensure Nursing Program

Winona State offers the option to earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing via the Pre-Licensure Nursing Option. This is a traditional 4-year Nursing degree for students who wish to obtain a registered nursing license. Accepted students are assigned to the Winona or Rochester campus. 

Graduate Programs

The Department of Nursing at WSU also offers numerous graduate level programs that prepare graduates for a variety of advanced nursing roles.