Undergraduate Nursing

Winona State University's Department of Undergraduate Nursing has been providing high-quality nursing education in southeast Minnesota for more than 50 years.

Our undergraduate programs include a traditional, Pre-Licensure program in Nursing that's perfect for students who want to get a registered nurse license and an RN-BS Completion program tailored for Registered Nurses who already have their Associate's and wish to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

Program Highlights

High Job Placement Rate

96% of students who complete our undergraduate programs get a job in nursing. That's impressive!

Competitive Certification

We prioritize preparing students for competitive certification to instantly give them an edge in the field.

That's why our curriculum complements Minnesota Public Health Nurse Certification—you'll be eligible to apply right when you graduate.

Pre-Licensure Program Features

Direct Admission

We guarantee admission for students with exceptional ACT/SAT scores who earn excellent college grades.

High NCLEX Pass Rates

Our students' first-time NCLEX pass rates are consistently at or above the national average.

Simulation Space

Our simulation space offers a unique learning environment that promotes independent student learning and collaboration between nursing students and faculty mentors.

Clinical Partners

We partner with numerous healthcare providers in the region to provide hands-on clinical experiences for students.

Innovative Approaches to Clinical Education

Our Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) focuses on clinical education and case coordination to prevent re-hospitalization.

Learn more about our Pre-Licensure program by viewing our program brochure (PDF).

RN-BS Completion Program Features


All our courses are online, asynchronous, and based from the WSU-Rochester campus.

Practice Experiences

Students complete public health practice experiences at multiple community partners, including public health departments, schools, and community agencies.

Flexible for Working RNs

This program is designed to be flexible for working RNs, with part-time (1.5, 2, 3 or 4 years) and full-time (1 year) plans of study available.