Thank you for your interest in WSU’s Department of Graduate Nursing programs!
Grounded in an environment of scholarship, the Department of Graduate Nursing educates innovative, authentic, inclusive, and engaged nurse leaders who provide person- and relationship-centered care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in a diverse society.
We’re accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are committed to our mission, values, and goals when preparing our students for the field.
There has never been a better time to level up your knowledge and skill in nursing.
Explore what the Department of Graduate Nursing can offer you—from scholarship opportunities to Degree Seeking Student options for faster degree completion—and so much more.
Several Program Choices
Want to become an advanced leader in the nursing field? Choose from our many program options.
Students may select from:
- 2 Master of Science (MS) degrees
- 6 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs
- 6 Post-Graduate Certificate programs
Distance Learning Accessible
All Graduate Nursing programs are hybrid. This means you'll take most of your classes online and attend some labs and simulations on our Rochester campus.
We’ve been delivering courses this way for over a decade, so you can trust us to provide the best quality education.
You’ll also get to meet with faculty and your peers on a regular basis and in real-time—our Graduate Nursing programs are unique that way in the world of nursing.
Practicum & Clinical Experiences
Our graduate programs provide specialized knowledge and hands-on opportunities in each advanced nursing role through practicums and clinicals.
The Clinical Placement Coordinator arranges all clinical site and preceptor placements alongside the faculty. Placement occurs in designated regional clinical affiliate sites.
We take pride in having clinical affiliations with multiple healthcare facilities in the region, such as:
- Allina Health
- Fairview University
- Gundersen Lutheran Health System
- Health Partners
- Mayo Clinic
- Mayo Clinic Health System
- Mercy Medical Center
- Odam Medical Group
- Sanford Health
- Winona Health
to name just a few!