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Graduate Program in Nursing

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Application Procedures and Admission Requirements

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 first priority admission deadline is January 15. After that, application review and acceptance will be ongoing until the limits are met or until May 1.

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. 

Admission Requirements for 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 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. Access to a highly functional personal computer and high speed Internet is necessary. See computer specifications for complete information.

The following documents must be submitted to the School of Nursing Graduate Program Committee:

  • Completed application submitted online.
  • Transcripts from ADN and BSN and any graduate education (see instructions on application).
  • Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Four recommendations. Recommendation Form can be printed here or from the online application.
  • Professional and Life Experience Information (see Part 6 of application).
  • Official scores on Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Alternatively, Graduate Record Exam results are acceptable. MAT is waived if 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.

After receipt of these materials, 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.

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 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 and a research course (undergraduate).
  • Evidence of current CPR throughout 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.


  • Master's degree in nursing from accredited program with a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or better GPA.
  • Admission documents and requirements are the same as above with the exception of the MAT, which is not reuqired.
  • Choose post-MSN to DNP as program on online application.

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