Graduate Programs in Nursing

Expand your knowledge and earn your doctorate in nursing, with one of the many specialties that Viterbo has to offer. 

  
The job placement rate for our graduate nursing program graduates is 100%

The graduate nursing program at Viterbo University prepares nursing leaders who are dedicated to improving the health outcomes of diverse populations through advanced ­knowledge and skills, and faithful service within their chosen roles and settings. The program prepares graduates who practice in an expanded, specialized, and/or advanced practice 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; and utilize technology to impact best practice. The dedicated faculty are well prepared in both their respective nursing roles and teaching. They also are very approachable and student-centered. The nursing building brings with it friendly, learner-centered spaces.

Program Information

The graduate nursing curriculum has been planned with working professionals and commuter students in mind, with classes held in a blended online/on-campus delivery method. The curriculum is based on the expressed needs for all nursing professionals in advanced roles to have increased knowledge of informatics and health care technologies, quality improvement and safety, organizational and systems leadership, inter-professional collaboration for improving patient/population outcomes, and advocacy, as well as an advanced scientific and humanities-based background for practice (AACN, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, 2006).

Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education Collaboration
Viterbo University and a small number of select regional nurse practitioner academic programs have collaborated with Mayo Clinic to increase the capacity of nurse practitioner students and develop common clinical education curriculum and timelines. Students selected to participate in this prestigious program will be guaranteed placement for all required clinical rotations at Mayo Midwest sites.

BSN to DNP - Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

This program is designed for nurses who have their BSN, and are looking to attain their DNP with a focus on gerontology.  Graduates in this track will be prepared to manage health and illness states of varying complexity in adolescents, adults, and aged individuals and to promote optimum health-related quality of life. The provision of high quality, cost effective primary health care to patients/families/aggregates in a variety of settings is emphasized.

BSN to DNP - Dual Degree MBA/DNP

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 Essentials as well as the critical business and management skills needed by successful health care leaders.

BSN to DNP - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

The innovative Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) option uses both face-to-face and web-enhanced courses to offer  high quality, interactive instruction.  Students have the opportunity for expertly supervised clinical practicum experiences in the second and third year of the 36-month year-round program. Students complete 22 doctoral level credits at Viterbo, transferring in a Master of Science in Biology degree from UW- La Crosse and 21  Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia credits to graduate with a Doctor of  Nursing Practice degree. 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).

DNP (Post-MSN)

The post-MSN to DNP degree program is specifically designed to be relevant and responsive to the needs of those who wish to formally expand their knowledge, skills, and influence within the advanced nursing role at the DNP terminal/highest level. Program track choices include a dual degree MBA and DNP; a program track for current APRNs; and a third program track for post-MSN prepared nurses who wish to pursue specialty practice with the aggregate/systems/organizational focus.
*A master's degree in a related field may be considered.

BSN to DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner

Viterbo University’s graduate nursing program is specifically designed to be relevant and responsive to the needs of practicing professional nurses who wish to formally advance their knowledge and skills and seek an advanced nursing role. Graduates in this track will be prepared to manage health and illness states of varying complexity in persons across the lifespan and to promote optimum health-related quality of life. The provision of high quality, cost effective primary health care to patients/families/aggregates in a variety of settings is emphasized.

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