Student Resources

Honor Societies 

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Mu Chapter is celebrating 25 years of excellence! Kappa Mu Chapter is proud to be first-time recipients of the Key Award!

Members, please login to Kappa Mu to view upcoming meetings and opportunities. The Resources tab will allow you to view the Library and all Kappa Mu Chapter documents.

Contact: Stephanie Sulla

 

Student Handbook

The handbooks are available in Acrobat Reader format (PDF) To open the PDF file, you will need to have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have this, you can download it for free.

Undergraduate Pre-Licensure BS Nursing Student Handbook- 2020 (PDF)
Within the Table of Contents, you may click on a topic to navigate to that section of the handbook.

2017 Undergraduate RN to BS Completion Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)
Within the Table of Contents, you may click on a topic to navigate to that section of the handbook.

 

Biel Leadership Fellowship

Due to the generosity of WSU alumni Karen Biel, undergraduate students in the Department of Nursing prelicensure BS in the Nursing Program have the opportunity to receive a $1,500 scholarship at the completion of the Biel Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available for nursing majors. For the most part, scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or academic achievement. It may be required to show proof of financial need through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Contact the WSU Foundation for more information. Scholarships are usually awarded in the spring for the following school year.

Individual benefactors, affiliating hospitals, and professional and community organizations also provide scholarships. Students are encouraged to contact agencies (hospitals, nursing homes, American Legion, VFW, etc.) in their hometowns with regard to possible nursing scholarships.

 

Student Organizations

Minnesota Student Nurses Association (MSNA) for Pre-Licensure students

The WSU MSNA is a member of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). This organization focuses on nursing student issues and problems. Information about meetings and contacts is available in the Department of Nursing at the Rochester and Winona campuses.

Membership is available at the local, state, and national levels. Pre-nursing students are welcome and encouraged to join this pre-professional organization for nursing students.

Undergraduate Pre-Licensure Nursing Club (Rochester and Winona campuses)

This organization is designed to serve as a social support system for those majoring in nursing and to promote community service activities and fundraising efforts by nursing students. Membership includes any pre-nursing students and junior and senior nursing students

Undergraduate RN-to-BS Nursing Club

This organization is designed to build networks and friendships within the nursing class, provide support and advocacy for nursing students, and promote sharing of scholarly information/research.

 

FAQ for Current WSU Students

Holistic admission to the nursing major will consider a wider range of admission criteria, including personal achievement as well as academic qualifications.
  1.  Academic Achievement
    • Cumulative college GPA
    • ACT/SAT score at time of first course as new entering first semester student at WSU (ATI TEAS if no ACT/SAT score within 5 year
  2. Personal Achievement
    • Volunteer/Community Service
    • Personal Statement
    • References
  3. Interview

Academic Achievement and Personal Achievement are evaluated first. Holistic Admission applicants will qualify for the interview process based on their scores on the Academic Achievement and Personal Achievement criteria. Academic Achievement will represent slightly more than half of the initial score, while Personal Achievement will represent slightly less than half of the initial score.

No. Direct Admission is available only to new first semester students enrolling at Winona State in Fall 2020 or later with an ACT score of 27 or higher, or an SAT score of 1280 or higher.
Yes. You must fill out a new Declaration of Major form to change your major code from PNGE to PNHA after the new codes become available (late spring 2020).

You must fulfill requirements for holistic admission, including:
  • volunteer/community service, at least 10 hours per semester at WSU, beginning Fall 2020
  • written personal statement
  • references
  • interview, if offered

The nursing prerequisite courses are the same.

Eligibility to apply:

  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 3.3
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of c or higher—at least 4 natural sciences, at least 3 social sciences, English, and statistics
  • At least 45 completed college credits
  • Natural and social science completed within the last 5 years; English and statistics completed within the last 10 years
  • Complete 10 hours of volunteer/community service work per fall and spring semester while a degree-seeking student at WSU or RCTC
  • Submit a current personal statement, including motivation to be a nurse, influences for this decision, and experiences in healthcare
  • Submit two current references, including one from a professor

 

No. Holistic Admission applicants will qualify for the interview process based on their scores on the Academic Achievement and Personal Achievement criteria. 

No. Most students do not need the ATI TEAS. Only students who took the ACT or SAT more than five years ago or who never took the ACT or SAT will need to take ATI TEAS. 

No. However, you must change it at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline when you apply. Once you change your major code, you must complete all requirements for holistic admission, including community service requirements. 

You may reapply the following semester, and you have possible opportunities to improve your score. Your GPA could change based on the courses completed during the semester when you applied. You will be required to submit a new personal statement and new references. You will need to complete additional community service hours. You could be invited to the interview process.

If you need to reapply, you can use the extra semester to work on a minor, take other classes that you believe will help prepare you for your nursing career or that you are interested in, or even take the semester off and work.

Some students may choose to change majors or consider transfer.

 

No. You will be required to submit a new personal statement and new references. You will need to complete additional community service hours. 

  • Prerequisite GPA will no longer be used. Admission scoring will consider cumulative GPA only.
  • No penalty for repeating or withdrawing from nursing prerequisites for holistic admissions students only.
  • ATI TEAS not required unless ACT or SAT more than 5 years old. 

The professor who gives a reference must be at Winona State (or at RCTC for RCTC students).

Now is the time to get acquainted with your professors. Some possible strategies:

  • Be sure to introduce yourself.
  • Ask thoughtful questions in class about the material.
  • Participate in class discussions.
  • Go to your instructor’s office hours.
  • Ask respectfully and politely.
  • Be prepared to explain the kinds of information that will be requested. See the application website for more information.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute.