RN-BS Program Frequently Asked Questions
Get the answers to your questions on the RN-BS program. If you still have a question, please feel free to contact us.
How many credits are needed to graduate from WSU?
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.
How many two year credits will transfer?
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.
What is the number of credits needed to satisfy WSU Residence Rule?
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.
How many credits are in the WSU RN-BS Completion Program?
What are the plans of study?
Do I need a current RN license before applying to WSU/RN-BS program?
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.
What is the admission process?
Please see How to Apply.
When are WSU RN-BS Program applications available?
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.
What are the program locations?
The program is based on the WSU-Rochester campus, but all courses are offered online.
What semester do the RN-BS Completion courses start?
Both spring and fall semesters.
Are there clinical hours required?
Practice hours are required for N475 & N465, which are the community-based courses (30 hours each).
Is Mathematics required?
Statistics must be completed prior to taking N375. WSU STAT 110, STAT 301, PSY 231 or equivalents meet this requirement.
Does the program meet Public Health Certification requirements?
Graduates of the RN-BS Completion program meet the criteria for public health certification in the state of Minnesota.
What is the GPA admission requirement?
A 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required.
If a student has less than 2.5 GPA, then the most recent 50 credits are counted to determine if a 2.5 has been met.
Students whose GPA is less than 2.5 are encouraged to meet with the Nursing Department Chair.
What options are available for diploma graduates?
What options are available for graduates of non-accredited nursing programs?
WSU accepts students from non-accredited programs. However, the program must reside within a regionally accredited college or university.
Is the WSU RN-BS Completion Program accredited?
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).
Does WSU have an RN-MS Professional Pathway?
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.
Where would I find scholarship or financial aid information?
What is the tuition cost?
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
- 507.285.7349 or 1.800.366.5418 extension 7349