RN-BS 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.

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 (1.5, 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. A start date will be determined with your nursing advisor.

Please see How to Apply.

Once you apply to WSU and are admitted, you will meet with a nursing advisor. There is no separate application for the RN-BS Program.

The program is based on the WSU-Rochester campus, but all courses are offered online.

Both spring and fall semesters.

Practice hours are required for N475 & N465, which are the community-based courses (30 hours each).

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. (202.887.6791).

Yes. There is a separate application process for the RN-MS Professional Pathway, which allows admitted RN-MS 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.

Review undergraduate tuition and fees. Email rochsss@winona.edu or call 507.285.7100 or 800.366.5418 if you have any questions.