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Nursing

https://www.viterbo.edu/msn/

 

Accreditation

The School of Nursing is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing; P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708; 608-266-2112; web@drl.state.wi.us; and accredited at the MSN level by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530; Washington, DC 20036; 202-887-6791; 202-887-8476 (fax); www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation. Accreditation procedures for the DNP program will begin at the program’s inception and is expected prior to the first students’ completion of the DNP program..

 

Admission/Admission Process

https://www.viterbo.edu/msn/

 

Provisional Admission

Occasionally a student does not meet the admission criteria in all respects, but shows promise of the ability to be successful in graduate school. In this case, the student may be admitted to the graduate nursing program on probation. After two semesters of achieving a B or better in all courses, the probation status will be discontinued. If unable to meet this criterion, the student will be required to withdraw from the program.

 

Policy and Guidelines Applying to Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disabilities

The School of Nursing supports the Viterbo University policy and guidelines relating to the non-exclusion of qualified students from university programs solely by reason of disability. To meet the requirements of and to successfully participate in the graduate nursing program at Viterbo University, a student must be able to perform skills which are essential to advanced nursing roles. While Viterbo University will provide reasonable accommodations in certain course requirements to assist a special needs student to meet certain course outcomes, there are some essential skills for which there are no known substitutes. The applicant to the graduate nursing program and the student throughout the program must be able to meet the requirements of the track chosen. Accordingly, these specific requirements may vary somewhat.

 

Policy

  • Academic Standing - Satisfactory Progress
    Graduate nursing students are expected to earn a B or better in all of their courses AND maintain a semester GPA of at least 3.0 or better.  
  • Required Background Check
    Federal and state statutes require that criminal background checks be completed for all persons who provide nursing care for others or who have access to people who receive care. Clinical agencies prohibit placement of students with criminal histories of specific crimes and offenses that have been identified by the state of Wisconsin or others as bars to employment or licensure (such as abuse, assault, or neglect). The School of Nursing requires that all students complete a background information disclosure statement and a criminal history search. Individuals whose background check identifies bars to the provision of care in contracted agencies or places restrictions on client contact will not be allowed to progress in the program.
  • Transfer Credits Upon Admission 
    Individual consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits. Up to 18  credits may be transferred from another program and utilized to meet the graduate nursing requirements of Viterbo University if equivalent. In order to be considered for transfer, the grade earned must be at least a B. Transfer credits must be graduate credit taken from an accredited institution of higher education completed within the last five years and equivalent to the course it is replacing in the requirements at Viterbo. Courses older than five years may be given credit based on individual review. Students who wish to transfer credits must have an official transcript sent to the director of graduate nursing program. Courses will be evaluated for equivalency and written notification of acceptance of transcript credit will be provided to the student by the director.
    Transfer Credits After Admission
    The faculty of the Viterbo University graduate nursing program has carefully planned and developed a curriculum to meet the needs of the potential graduates of the chosen tracks. The content for the curriculum was designed for the curricular and graduate outcomes unique to this program and the specific role preparation. In view of the connection of the curriculum to the desired outcomes and the quality of the graduate, once a student has begun classes as a degree-seeking student in the Viterbo University graduate nursing program, all classes in the core and specialty curricula (excluding electives) must be taken at Viterbo University. Note: This policy is not applicable to post-M.S.N. students whose plan of study will be determined on an individual basis.
    Time for Completion of Graduate Nursing Degrees
    Six credits per semester is considered full-time study; however some semesters contain substantially more credits in the full time plan of study.
    • The M.S.N.program can be completed in three years. It is expected that students will complete the program within three to five years. Part-time students are expected to follow a plan of study that can be accomplished in five years or less.
    • The D.N.P. program can be completed in four years. It is expected that students will complete the program within seven years or less.
    • The post M.S.N. to D.N.P. program can be completed in two years. It is expected that students will complete the program in three years or less.
    • Time spent as a non-degree student does not count toward the completion period, but students will be subject to the catalog/curriculum requirements in effect at the time they become degree seeking.
    • All full-time and part-time degree-seeking students who have not been granted a leave of absence must register each semester until all degree requirements are completed.
  • Practicum/Clinical Experiences
    • A student receiving a C or less for clinical practicum may be dismissed from the program. If dismissal does not occur, the student will be placed on a clinical remediation contract for the subsequent practicum, must repeat the course with a B or better grade, and must achieve B or better in all remaining practicum courses to remain in the program.
    • Prescribed numbers of clinical hours have been incorporated into the various plans of study available within the graduate nursing program. Students must have an RN license for the state in which the clinical site is located. The number of clinical hours varies depending on the track chosen. A ratio of four clock hours to one didactic hour per week is used; therefore one credit of practicum credit is 60 hours of clinical. The student will receive a grade for clinical practicum experiences, a B or better is required for progression. Receiving C or below may contribute to a decision to dismiss a student from the program or specific remediation procedures.
  • Didactic Classes (includes theory, seminar, and capstone project credits)
    • A student in the graduate nursing program who earns a C in any course, OR goes below a semester GPA of 3.0, will be placed on probationary status and must achieve a grade of BC or better in all subsequent courses AND maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in the program.
    • A A student who earns less than a C will be required to repeat the course and earn BC or better in this and all subsequent classes and maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in the program.
  • DNP Capstone Project
    Students will conduct a scholarly project over two or more semesters. This project is an opportunity for students to engage in independent research/evidence-based inquiry/scholarly work in a defined area of significance to the advanced nursing role. Students will work with faculty advisors for assistance, critique, and expertise. The student will receive a grade at the end of each semester of capstone registration, and B or better indicates satisfactory progress. Students are required to disseminate their work in a prescribed way. 
  • Electronic Portfolio
    Students will be required to develop and maintain an electronic portfolio during the course of their graduate studies. This portfolio will serve as documentation of individual accomplishment and also will be used for program assessment purposes.
  • Certification
    http://www.viterbo.edu/gradnursing

Requirements

BSN to MSN, Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 507, 520, 530, 535, 540 (four credits), 605 (three credits), 610, 612, 699, 700, 710, 720, 730
  • Clinical practicums/seminars: 602 (two credits), 603 (one credit), 615 (four credits), 616 (five credits), 617 (two credits)
BSN to MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 507, 520, 530, 535, 540 (four credits), 605 (three credits), 610, 612, 695, 697, 700, 710, 720, 730
  • Clinical practicums/seminars: 688 (two credits), 689 (one credit), 692 (four credits), 693 (five credits), 694 (two credits)
BSN to DNP, Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 507, 520, 530, 535, 540 (four credits), 605 (three credits), 610, 612, 699, 700, 710, 720, 730, 800 (4 cr)
  • Clinical practicums/seminars: 602 (two credits), 603 (one credit), 615 (four credits), 616 (five credits), 810 (8 credits)
  • NURS 825 (6 credits of Capstone Project)

BSN to DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS  507, 520, 530, 535, 540 (four credits), 605 (three credits), 610, 612, 695, 697, 700, 710, 720, 730, 800 (4 cr)
  • Clinical practicums/seminars: 688 (two credits), 689 (one credit), 692 (four credits), 693 (five credits), 810 (8 cr)
  • NURS 825 (6 credits of Capstone Project)
Post MSN to DNP

  • NURS 700, 705, 710, 720, 730, 800(4 cr)
  • NURS 810 (8 credits of clinical practicum)
  • NURS 825 (6 credits of Capstone Project)

Faculty