RN-BSN Program Frequently Asked Questions

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120 credits

For students beginning the RN-BS Completion program in Fall 2017 or later:
  • 30 credits from the Nursing Major
  • 10 credits Upper Level Elective Courses number 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.

Up to 80 transferable credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Only 16 technical credits can be counted toward graduation. If a student has fewer than 80 credits from the Associate Degree, additional upper or lower division electives will be needed.

30 credits.

For students who began the RN-BS Completion program prior to Fall 2017: 28 credits from the Nursing Major and two additional upper-level credits from WSU.

For students beginning the RN-BS Completion program in Fall 2017 or later: 30 credits from the Nursing Major.

30 upper-division credits.
Full-Time and Part-Time (2, 3, or 4 year plans). Most students choose the two year plan of study.

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. 

Application to the RN-BS Completion program is a 3-step process:

Step 1: Apply to WSU and submit transcripts.
  • Apply to Winona State University and submit official transcripts from all schools previously attended to the WSU Office of Admissions. There is a $20 application fee.
Step 2: Complete the RN-BS Application.
  • After you have submitted your application to the university, you will receive a short, additional application for the RN-BS program. You will be asked to indicate your RN license status, preferred campus and preference for full-time or part-time plan of study. RN licensure is required prior to beginning the RN-BS program. However, you can enroll in necessary electives or statistics, if needed. Complete and submit your application per directions.
  • 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.
  • RN-BS Completion program applications are available in mid-September. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and seats are limited. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to secure a seat in the program.
Step 3: Complete academic advising.
  • Once you receive your acceptance notification from WSU, including your Degree Audit Report, contact the RN-BS Program to set up an appointment with your academic advisor. This should be done soon after you are accepted to the university. Do so by calling 507.285.7349 or emailing RN-BScompletion@winona.edu. You will be provided with your academic advisor's name and contact information to schedule a time to discuss plan of study and orientation to the program.

Applications are available mid-September. Students are admitted continually and are encouraged to apply to the RN-BS Completion program early to ensure a place as seats are limited. Applicants who have completed the admission process will be oriented in April for fall start. Red Wing campus applicants will be oriented in December for spring start. On a space-available basis, a summer orientation may be added for students admitted after March 30.

La Crescent, Rochester, and Red Wing, MN.

Courses begin in fall semester.

Practice hours are required for various community-based courses. 

Statistics must be completed prior to taking N375. WSU STAT 110, STAT 301, PSY 231 or equivalents meet this requirement.

Graduates of the RN-BS Completion program meet the criteria for public health certification in the state of Minnesota. 

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. Students whose GPA is less than 2.75 are encouraged to meet with the Nursing Department Chair (507.280.2818).

Applicants who received Associate degrees in nursing prior to 1985 and graduates of diploma nursing programs should contact the Nursing Department Chair at 507.280.2818.

WSU accepts students from non-accredited programs. However, the program must reside within a regionally accredited college or university.

Yes, the RN-BS Completion is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 665 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington D.C. 20001. (202.463.6930).

Yes. There is a separate application process for the RN-Graduate Professional Pathway which allows admitted RN-Graduate Professional Pathway students to earn 10 credits of 400-level courses and waive 10 credits of 600-level core content toward a graduate degree in Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nursing Organization Leadership tracks.

Students enrolled in the RN-BS Completion Program pay WSU-Rochester Tuition and Fees, regardless of program location.

For more information, visit Rochester Tuition and Fees, email rochsss@winona.edu or call 507.285.7100 or 800.366.5418.