Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Licensure Nursing Option

Find out more about the Pre-Licensure (Generic Option) BS in Nursing. 

Students must complete the following prerequisite courses to prepare for the upper division nursing major.  Students may apply to the major once they have completed at least 4 natural sciences, at least 3 social sciences, English and statistics. All prerequisites must be completed before beginning upper division nursing courses.

 Natural Sciences

BIOL 206 Normal Nutrition or HERS 205 Nutrition for Lifetime Wellness
BIOL 209 Microbiology
BIOL 211 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 212 Anatomy & Physiology II
CHEM 210 General, Organic & Biochemistry 
        or CHEM 212 & 213 Principles of Chemistry I & II

 Social Sciences

PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSY 250 Developmental Psychology
SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 212 Sociology of Families

 Additional requirements

ENG 111 College Reading and Writing
STAT 110, 301 or 305 or PSY 231

Students should also complete university General Education requirements before beginning upper division nursing courses.

 

AP, PSEO, CIS, and transfer credits can count toward nursing prerequisites or General Education Program requirements. You may be able to check course equivalencies at the Transferology website

All college credits earned must be transferred to Winona State University. Grades earned in all college level courses become part of the student’s cumulative college GPA. AP credits are not graded and do not affect GPA.

Please note: The Pre-Licensure (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. Students who began at Winona State University after high school may take courses at other colleges or universities during the summer to transfer back to Winona State. 

You will be eligible to apply to the upper division nursing program once you have completed at least 4 natural science prerequisites, at least 3 social science prerequisites, English 111 and statistics. You must also have completed at least 45 credit hours. Students typically apply after their third semester, in order to start the nursing major in their fifth semester. You must have a cumulative college GPA of at least 3.5 for the Preferred Admission Contract, or at least 3.3 for the General Admission Application. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements for application does not guarantee admission.

Applications are available from Aug. - Oct. 1 for spring admissions and from Nov. - Feb. 1 for fall admissions. All applicants must complete the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) as part of the application process.

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. The ATI TEAS must be completed prior to the application due date when you apply to the Nursing program. The ATI TEAS may be taken only once, and should be taken the semester of application to the nursing program. Sessions are scheduled on the WSU campus.

Testing is available in September for students applying to begin the major in spring semester and in January for students applying to begin the major in fall semester. You may also take the ATI TEAS at other locations. Register on the ATI website. You are responsible for payment of the test fee. View TEAS FAQs (PDF) for more information.

All applications are scored and ranked based on the following Admission Criteria: 60% GPA in nursing prerequisite courses (calculated on the 3 most recent natural sciences, not including nutrition, 3 most recent social sciences, English and statistics), 20% ATI TEAS score, 15% starting coursework at WSU or RCTC, 5% not repeating or withdrawing from any nursing prerequisite course. 

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 courses) and have an ACT score of 24 or higher or SAT score of 1180 or higher. The Preferred Admission Contract must be completed within the first two weeks of the student’s first semester classes. In order to retain preferred admission status, the student must:

  • Have a cumulative college GPA of at least 3.5 at the time of first application to the nursing program
  • Have received a grade of C or above in all nursing prerequisite classes
  • Not have repeated or withdrawn from any nursing prerequisite
  • Earn an ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) score of proficient, advanced or exemplary (the ATI TEAS may be taken only once, and should be taken the semester of application to the nursing major)
  • Complete an average of 15 credits per semester (at least 45 credits at the time of application to the major)
  • Apply for admission to the nursing major by the end of the student’s third semester of coursework at Winona State University
  • See a WSU nursing advisor every semester

Note: Students who completed grade-bearing college credits 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 Winona State without invalidating their eligibility for the Preferred Admission Contract or losing points in the admission process. Effective with the incoming Class of Fall 2013.

The Preferred Admission Contract is not a guarantee of admission. Students may apply to the nursing program only once under the preferred admission status. 

Qualifying students sign the Preferred Admission Contract when they come to register for their first semester of courses at Winona State University. The Preferred Admission Contract must be completed within the first two weeks of the student’s first semester classes.

The general admission application process is designed for students without preferred admission status, transfer students who began their college coursework after high school at Rochester Community and Technical College who have a cumulative college GPA of at least 3.5, and WSU students who have changed their major to nursing. To be eligible to apply to the Nursing major through the general admission application, the student must:

  • Be declared as a nursing candidate (PNGE) as of the application due date
  • Have a cumulative college GPA of at least 3.3 at the time of application to the Nursing major
  • Have completed at least 45 credits
  • Have completed all nursing prerequisite classes with a letter grade of C or higher. Natural and social science classes must have been completed within the last 5 years. English and statistics must have been completed within the last 10 years.
  • Complete the ATI TEAS test at the time of application

Admission to the Nursing program is very competitive, and enrollment is limited. The Preferred Admission Contract does not guarantee acceptance to the Nursing program. However, students who sign the Preferred Admission Contract as first year WSU students and meet contract requirements at the time of application to the major will have first priority for admission to the Nursing program.

All applications are scored and ranked based on the following Admission Criteria: 60% GPA in nursing prerequisite courses (calculated on the 3 most recent natural sciences, not including nutrition, 3 most recent social sciences, English and statistics), 20% ATI TEAS score, 15% starting coursework at WSU or RCTC, 5% not repeating or withdrawing from any nursing prerequisite course. 

Your PSEO, CIS, or AP credits are completed while you are in high school, so you are counted as a new entering first year student and can qualify for the Preferred Admission Contract, provided that you are ready for college level courses and have an ACT score of 24 or higher or SAT score of 1180 or higher.

Note: Students who completed grade-bearing college credits 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 Winona State without invalidating their eligibility for the Preferred Admission Contract or losing points in the admission process. Effective with the incoming Class of Fall 2013. 

If you do not qualify for the Preferred Admission Contract when you apply to the Nursing major, you may apply through the General Admission Application process. See "What is the General Admission Application process?" for more information.

The Pre-Licensure (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 (RCTC) who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Qualified RCTC transfer students may apply through the General Admission Application process.

Any student who began college coursework after high school at a college or university other than Winona State University or Rochester Community and Technical College is classified as a transfer student. If you are classified as a transfer student, you cannot change your classification by taking prerequisites for nursing or other courses at Winona State University.

Transfer students who complete an Associate Degree in Nursing and obtain their RN license may be considered for admission to the Winona State RN-BS Completion program. 

You must visit the Student Services Coordinator in the Department of Nursing to complete a Declaration of Major/Minor form to change your major, complete required prerequisite courses, and apply through the General Admission Application process. 

What are clinicals?

  • Clinicals give nursing students hands on experience in hospitals and other healthcare settings
  • Students go to their assigned clinical once a week in a small group, with an assigned faculty member
  • Students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in providing patient care

When do students do clinicals?

  • Clinical rotations are part of the nursing curriculum in each of the four semesters of the nursing major.
  • Students begin clinicals within the first few weeks of their first semester in the major.

Where do students do clinicals?

  • Students assigned to the Winona campus do their clinicals primarily in Winona and La Crosse, WI.
  • Students assigned to the Rochester campus do their clinicals primarily in the Rochester area. 

If you are assigned to the Rochester campus, you will attend classes and complete your clinicals in Rochester. 

You do not need to have your CNA when you begin as a pre-nursing student. At the time you begin upper division nursing courses, you must be certified as a nursing assistant and be listed as active on a Nursing Assistant Registry within the United States.

For more information about the CNA requirement, please read CNA and CPR FAQs (PDF).

Contact the Nursing Department at 507.457.5120, or 1.800.342.5978 (DIAL WSU) for the WSU switchboard, or email nursing@winona.edu to arrange a time to visit. If you are planning a campus visit, you may also want to contact Admissions for a campus tour and housing tour.