Graduate Program in Nursing

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Graduate Program in Nursing

The Graduate Program in Nursing offers the PDF iconDoctor of Nursing Practice 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 entry 2017.
  • Offering post-MSN to DNP Ethical Leadership Plan of Study: Advanced Specialty Practice at the Aggregate/Systems/Organization Level.

 BSN to DNP Program

  • Family NP
  • Adult-Gero NP
  • MBA/DNP Dual Degree (2017 entryt)

 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).

Curriculum

Post-BSN to DNP

There are two 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 degree can be accomplished in four years of study with six credits considered full time; however more credits are needed per semester to complete within this time period. Total credits & clinical hours needed for graduation vary according to choice of tracks. 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. Partially online courses reduce the number of campus visits necessary each semester. Part-time options may be 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.
 

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 approximately four  years duration and is individualized according to 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 (see track information on the Plans of Study page).

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.

 

                                                        

 

ACCREDITATION

The DNP program at Viterbo University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Cost/Financial Aid

Base fee per credit for the DNP program is $810 for the 2017-18 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 2017-18 is $695 per credit (additional course fees apply to NURS 800 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.  

Mission

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.

Graduate Outcomes

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.

 

Certification

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
608-796-3625
mestolder@viterbo.edu

OR

Bobbi Hundt
Graduate Nursing Program Administrative Assistant
Viterbo University School of Nursing
900 Viterbo Dr.
La Crosse, WI  54601
608-796-3671
bmhundt@viterbo.edu

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