Graduate Program in Nursing
The Doctor of Nursing Practice offers the DNP at the post-BSN to DNP or the post-MSN to DNP level.
- Preparation at the highest level for nurse practitioners
- Addressing the acute need for direct primary care providers expected to occur nationwide
- Commuter friendly course delivery (online or with one day a week on campus)
- Situated within the state-of-the-art School of Nursing Building
- Offering dual degree MBA/DNP
- Offering post-MSN to DNP Ethical Leadership Plan of Study: Advanced Specialty Practice at the Aggregate/Systems/Organization Level
- Viterbo University now offers an innovative Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) option designed for post-BSN students.
BSN to DNP Program
- Family NP
- Adult-Gero NP
- MBA/DNP Dual Degree
MSN to DNP Program
- For practicing APRNs or;
- For those with a master's in nursing degree who want initial NP role preparation or;
- Those with a master's in nursing degree who wish to pursue a leadership role or;
- Those with a master's in nursing degree who wish to pursue a MBA/DNP dual degree (2017 entry).
Post-BSN to DNP
There are three options within the Post-BSN to DNP program:
1. The curriculum for post-BSN to DNP is a variable credit program offering core courses and a choice of two tracks that prepare graduates for a selected role and population foci in primary care: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan). The 2018 plan of study consists of a three-year curriculum, which requires attendance at summer sessions. Initial summer classess will be offered on Wednesdays beginning on May 16, 2018 and ending on August 8, 2018. Partially online courses reduce the number of campus visits necessary each semester. Semester classes are normally scheduled online or one day a week face to face. Clinical practicums require additional time and can be done in the student's own location if possible.
2. Registered nurses with their BSN degree can prepare for leadership roles and influence systems of care with Viterbo University's integrated BSN-to-MBA/DNP program. This integrated dual degree program provides registered nurses who have a BSN a direct path to their career goals while saving time and money, preparing them with the doctoral level nursing Essentials as well as the critical business and management skills needed by successful health care leaders.
3. Viterbo University now offers an innovative Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) option designed for post-BSN students. Through both face to face and web-enhanced courses you will experience high quality, interactive instruction. You will have the opportunity for expertly supervised clinical practicum experiences in the second and third year of the 36 month year round program of study. Students complete 22 doctoral level credits at Viterbo University, transferring in a Master’s of Science in Biology degree from UW- La Crosse and 22 Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia credits to graduate with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Viterbo University. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and clinical credits from the School of Anesthesia are required to sit for the national board certification exam to be licensed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Please visit the School of Anesthesia website
Post-MSN to DNP
There are four options within the Post-MSN to DNP program:
1. For current APRNs:
The curriculum for post-MSN to DNP is a 30 credit program normally completed in two to three years, with an allowance for taking a longer time to complete the program if needed.
2. Post-MSN including initial NP preparation:
The plan of study for post-MSN to DNP that includes initial FNP or AGNP preparation is three calendar years and is individualized according to the student's previous education. The curriculum includes additional coursework necessary to be eligible to certify as an Adult-Gero or Family NP.
3. Ethical Leadership*
The ethical leadership option reflects Viterbo's strong focus on servant/ethical leadership as a university and is consistent with the DNP Essentials.
The plan of study is designed for applicants who are not APRNs and who wish to pursue advanced speciality practice at the aggregate/systems/organizational level.
*Students with a BSN who already hold a master's degree in business or a related field can also complete the post-Master's to DNP Ethical Leadership (non-NP) track.
4. Post-MSN to MBA/DNP
The plan of study is designed as an entry point for students who have earned a MSN degree to prepare for leadership roles and influence systems of care. This dual degree program provides a path to their career goals while saving time and money, preparing them with the doctoral level nursing Essentials as well as the critical business and management skills needed by successful health care leaders(see track information on the Plans of Study page).
The DNP program at Viterbo University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.
Base fee per credit for the DNP program is $840 for the 2018-19 academic year. Additional course fees apply. Federal loan monies may be available to those who qualify. Contact the Viterbo University Financial Aid office for information: (608)796-3900.
Tuition for the DNP/MBA dual degree program for 2018-19 is $725 per credit (additional course fees apply to NURS 800, 801, 820, and 825 courses). Though the number of required practicum hours may vary depending on the applicant's academic background, the post-Master's DNP/MBA dual degree program requires a minimum of 49 credits, and the post-BSN DNP/MBA program requires 62 credits.
The graduate program prepares nursing leaders who are dedicated to improving the health outcomes of diverse populations through advanced knowledge and skills, ethical leadership, and faithful service within their chosen roles and settings.
This program will prepare graduates who:
Practice in an expanded, specialized, and/or advanced nursing role.
Affirm the dignity of life and human diversity.
Advocate for quality outcomes for individuals, families, populations, and systems.
Demonstrate ethical leadership and faithful service in their chosen roles and settings.
Facilitate the translation of research and evidence into practice.
Utilize technology to impact best practice.
Graduates of the primary care Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner tracks are eligible to apply for the national certification exams available for these role preparations (ANCC or AANPCB).
We hope you will consider applying for admission to the graduate nursing program at Viterbo. Thank you for your interest!
For further information regarding admission contact:
Mary Ellen Stolder, Ph.D., ANP-BC
Graduate Nursing Program Director
Viterbo University School of Nursing
900 Viterbo Dr.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Director, Graduate Admissions
Viterbo University School of Nursing
900 Viterbo Dr.
La Crosse, WI 54601