About Graduate Nursing


Welcome to Winona State University's Department of Graduate Nursing. Whether you are a prospective or current student, an esteemed alumni, or valued community partner we welcome you to our community of learners. 

The mission of the Department of Graduate Nursing is inspiring and shaping innovative nurses, leaders, and scholars through academic rigor, inclusive excellence, and clinical expertise to engage in professional relationships that promote health across communities. 

The Department of Graduate Nursing is committed to our values

  • Effective and inspirational leadership
  • Clinical relevance and excellence 
  • Critical and innovative thinking 
  • Academic rigor 
  • Integrity 
  • Engaged learning
  • Student success
  • Equity and inclusive excellence 
  • Stewardship of resources
  • Authentic and professional relationships
The Department of Graduate Nursing faculty have identified goals that drive improvement and help us demonstrate these values.

Our values are emphasized in the relationships between faculty and students. Students and faculty work closely in classroom, clinical and scholarship experience to build a strong community of learners. Faculty advisors who are immersed in their specialty areas of practice work closely with studetns to provide well rounded advising in both academic and professional domains. 

Never has the role of nurses in our nation's healthcare been so prominently displayed. it is also a time of unprecedented innovation. WSU's graduate nursing faculty and staff are proud of our excellent programs and our ability to provide graduate courses that can help meet a variety of professional goals and various learning styles and needs. 

Courses are delivered in a variety of formats, depending on the program and course. We regularly engage in synchronous (scheduled day and time) and asynchronous (online at your own schedule) learning through our D2L online learning platform. Immersive, hand-on required learning experiences are provided on campus in Rochester, Minnesota for students in select advanced practice and nursing education roles. These experiences occur in simulation and health assessment laboratories. Clinical experiences are provided at a number of sites. Students partner with our clinical placement coordinator and staff to secure appropriate placements for clinical learning. 

There are several pathways for students to achieve their academic and professional goals. We offer masters  degrees with focus in nursing leadership and nurse education; Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees in Advanced Practice (Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practicer programs) and Nursing Leadership. Those who already have a master's degree may be interested in a graduate certificate or a post master's DNP to take them to the next level or gain a new specialty. Check out your degree options and contact us for more individualized information.

The WSU Department of Graduate Nursing is pleased to partner with so many organizations, in both healthcare and community settings to provide well-rounded, diverse, learning experiences and partnerships that advance scholarship and professional development. WSU is very proud of the contributions of our graduate nursing programs, students, alumni, faculty and staff. We welcome you to WSU and wish you success in your professional and academic pursuits.