Graduate Nursing Admission Requirements

Accepting applications for January!

Post-MSN, APRN, and MBA/DNP paths

 

BSN to DNP 

Priority Application Deadline for Summer 2020 - November 1

Application Review & Interview Days

Once your application file is complete your materials are presented to the admissions committee for initial review for an invitation to interview.  Applicants to the summer 2020 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) and all BSN entry paths  are encouraged to complete the application file in the fall. 

Interview days are held on Wednesdays.  Invitations to interview are extended by the program via email to selected candidates. 

  • Wednesday, November 6  (Mayo affiliated candidates)
  • Wednesday, December 11 (p.m. only)
  • Wednesday, December 18  (all day)

Application Procedures

To apply to the Viterbo University Graduate School of Nursing, fill out the online  Application for Admission: School of Nursing Graduate Program 

The BSN to DNP program has a first priority admission deadline of November 1. Interviews will be held on campus shortly following the November deadline.  Continued review of applications and acceptance will be ongoing until the limits are met or until March 1.  Those interested are encouraged to have all of their materials in by the end of December.  CRNA track students apply to Viterbo University after they have been instructed by the School of Anesthesia program director.

The post-MSN to DNP entry paths offer admission in the fall, spring and summer semesters.   

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements for all Degree-Seeking Applicants: 

To apply for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, the applicant must have graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited school and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or greater on a 4.0 scale. Recent professional practice is preferred and recommended. Access to a highly functional personal computer and high-speed Internet is necessary. See computer specifications for complete information.

The following list of documents can be found with the Supplemental Items list once an application is started.  Documents must be submitted to the School of Nursing Graduate Program Committee by either uploading them or mailing them:

  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate education (see instructions on application)
  • Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse
  • Professional CV 
  • A personal statement essay, approximately two pages in a formal essay format, addressing the following items:
    • Describe your purpose and objective in pursuing graduate study
    • How have your personal and professional experiences prepared you for graduate school
    • Describe your understanding of the DNP role
    • What are your short- and long-term professional goals and how will this doctoral program help you achieve these goals
    • Describe a research/quality improvement project in which you have actively participated in and how has this experience influenced your decision to pursue graduate studies
    • Discuss the challenges and rewards you anticipate to experience in this graduate program of study
  • Official scores on Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Alternatively, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results are acceptable. MAT is waived if a student has at least five previous graduate credits at B or better.  Information on taking the MAT exam in La Crosse can be received by calling UW-La Crosse 608-785-8074. Advance arrangements are necessary at all sites.
    • The MAT is not required for Post-MSN entry applicants
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.  ThePDF iconRecommendation Form can be printed here or completed online with this link - https://clgreport.exchange.viterbo.edu/LetterofRecommendation/LetterofRecommendation.aspx from the online application.  Appropriate recommendations should be current and have had contact with you within the last two years.  Please submit recommendations from the following professionals listed below: 
    • One recommendation should come  from an APRN if you are in clinical practice or if applying to the Dual DNP\MBA program a letter from your Director of Nursing, Nursing Administration, or an academic faculty;
    • One recommendation should come from your current clinical supervisor  who supervises you during your hands-on healthcare experience, and either practices in the role you are seeking or works with individuals in the advanced practice role sought (APRN, PA, MD/DO) and has knowledge regarding role performance requirements;
    • And, one professional recommendation, from someone such as an MD/DO, PA, APRN.

After receipt of these materials and the program-specific requirements (see below), a personal interview may be requested of the applicant. Admission to the full-time degree program will be limited. Part-time students may be admitted on a space-available basis.

BSN to DNP - Additional Requirements:


At least two years of recent, relevant direct patient care as an RN prior to the NP specialty courses in the second year of curriculum, positive interview and recommendations indicating potential in this role, potential opportunities for clinical preceptorships/practicum experiences within the student's home area, and the ability to commit to the blocked practicum hours is necessary to optimize NP role development.

See Admission to the Grad Nursing Program for more details of the admission review process.

 Additional Prerequisite/Ongoing Requirements:

  • The ability to use the Microsoft Windows environment, the Internet, and competency with word processing required (Microsoft Word). PowerPoint experience is desirable. 
  • Satisfactory completion of an introductory statistics course and a research course (undergraduate)
  • Evidence of current CPR throughout the program
  • Applicants must have the ability to meet both university and clinical agency health and personnel requirements, including specified immunizations and satisfactory criminal/caregiver background check throughout the program.

MSN to DNP - Additional Requirements: 

Additional, post-MSN entry point requirements:
  • Master's degree in nursing from an accredited program with a 3.0 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Admission documents and requirements are the same as above with the exception of the MAT, which is not required
  • Current certification and practice as an APRN, unless seeking either initial NP preparation as part of the Post-MSN to DNP track, the Ethical Leadership track, or the Post-MSN to MBA/DNP track
  • Evidence of current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse and/or APRN certification 
  • Choose post-MSN to DNP as your program on the online application.

 Additional Prerequisite/Ongoing Enrollment Requirements:
  • The ability to use the Microsoft Windows environment, the Internet, and competency with word processing required (Microsoft Word). PowerPoint experience is desirable. 
  • Satisfactory completion of an introductory statistics course and a research course (undergraduate)
  • Evidence of current CPR throughout the program
  • Applicants must have the ability to meet both university and clinical agency health and personnel requirements, including specified immunizations and satisfactory criminal/caregiver background check throughout the program.
MBA/DNP Dual Degree

Admissions Requirements

To apply, fill out the free online application for admission.  

  • For the post-BSN to MBA/DNP, choose the Graduate Nursing - Post BSN MBA/DNP Leadership option on the application.  
  • For the post-MSN to MBA/DNP, choose the Graduate Nursing - Post MSN MBA/DNP Leadership option. 

Post-BSN entry to MBA/DNP

To apply for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, the applicant must have graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or greater on a 4.0 scale. Recent professional practice is preferred and recommended. 

The following list of documents can be found with the Supplemental Items list once an application is started.  Documents must be submitted to the School of Nursing Graduate Program Committee by either uploading them or mailing them:

  • Transcripts from ADN and BSN and any graduate education (see instructions on application).
  • Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • A personal statement essay, approximately two pages in a formal essay format, addressing the following items:
    •  Describe your purpose and objective in pursuing graduate study.
    • How have your personal and professional experiences prepared you for graduate school
    • Describe your understanding of the DNP role.
    • What are your short- and long-term professional goals and how will this doctoral program help you achieve these goals.
    • Describe a research/quality improvement project in which you have actively participated in and how has this experience influenced your decision to pursue graduate studies.
    • Discuss the challenges and rewards you anticipate to experience in this graduate program of study.
  • Official scores on Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Alternatively, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results are acceptable. MAT is waived if a student has previous graduate credits (5) (B or better) at admission.  Information on taking the MAT exam in La Crosse can be received by calling UWL 785-8074. Advance arrangements are necessary at all sites.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. TheRecommendation Form can be printed here, the hyperlink can be emailed from here, or from the online application.  Applicants to the Dual DNP\MBA program should submit recommendations from the following individuals:
    • One recommendation should come  from your Director of Nursing, Nursing Administration, or an academic faculty;
    • One recommendation should come from your current clinical supervisor  who supervises you during your hands-on healthcare experience, and is either practicing in the role you are seeking or works with individuals in the advanced practice role sought (APRN, PA, MD/DO) and has knowledge regarding role performance requirements;
    • And, one professional recommendation, from someone such as an MD/DO, PA, APRN.

After receipt of these materials, a personal interview may be requested of the applicant. 

Additional requirements:
  • At least one year of recent, relevant direct patient care as an RN prior to beginning the program, positive interview and recommendations indicating potential as nurse leaders, potential opportunities for clinical preceptorships/practicum experiences within the student's home area, and the ability to commit to the blocked practicum hours necessary.
  • Satisfactory completion of an introductory statistics course and a research course (undergraduate).
  • Evidence of current CPR throughout the program.
  • Applicants must have the ability to meet both university and clinical agency health and personnel requirements, including specified immunizations and satisfactory criminal/caregiver background check throughout the program.

See Admission to the Grad Nursing Program for more details of the admission review process.

 

Post-Master's entry to MBA/DNP

  • Master's degree in nursing or related field from an accredited program with a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or better GPA.
  • Admission documents and requirements are the same as the BSN entry to the DNP listed above with the exception of the MAT, which is not required.
  • Choose post-MSN to MBA/DNP as the program on the online application.
International Applicants

International Applicants

International applications are processed in conjunction with Kenneth Felts, Director of International Admission. Contact Kenneth at krfelts@viterbo.edu, or phone 1-888-VITERBO (1-888-848-3726) and 608-796-3171.

International applicants who are non-native English speakers will need to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language, showing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the Internet-based exam. Alternatively, you may submit an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of at least 6.5 or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 53. English language (ESL) courses are also offered at Viterbo University and may be required as a condition to acceptance into the MBA program.

Viterbo University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant it deems unfit to participate in its MBA program.

Internationally Educated but not an International Student

You are only considered an International Student if you will need an F-1 Visa to enroll at Viterbo University.  However, if you obtained your undergraduate degree outside of the U.S.A. you may need to submit your transcripts for an official evaluation to an official evaluation agency such as WES.org or ECE.org.  Please contact your admissions representative for guidance. 

Non-Degree (Student-at-Large)

Non-degree seeking students with a BSN may be admitted on a space-available basis for selected courses. Abbreviated application procedures are available for students not requesting admission to the degree program. The online application includes a choice for non-degree seeking students.