Frequently Asked Questions

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, 210, 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

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.

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
  • 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.