Graduate Nursing (DNP) Admission Requirements

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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 cohorts of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP),  Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, and all BSN entry paths are encouraged to complete the application file in the fall by the Priority Application Deadline. 

Interview days for the 2023 cohort will be held on Wednesdays. Invitations to interview are extended by the program via email to selected candidates.  

Priority Application Interview Days on Wednesdays: 

  •  Wednesday, November  9  (between 10:00 a.m. and noon) 
  • Wednesday, December 14  (Mayo candidate interview day - between 10:00 a.m. and noon) 
  • Wednesday, December 14 (AG-ACNP with Mayo interview day - between 5:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, January 11   (Mayo candidate interview day - between 10:00 a.m. and noon)
  • Wednesday, January 11 (AG-ACNP with Mayo interview day - between 5:00-6:00 p.m.)

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, this is a completed application deadline. 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: 

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree 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 submittedDocuments must be submitted by either uploading them to your application portal or emailing them gradnursing@viterbo.edu. Once all documents are complete the School of Nursing Graduate Program Admissions Committee reviews candidates and invites select candidates for the interview stage of the admissions process.

  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate education (see instructions on application)
  • Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse
  • Professional CV  or resume
  • A personal statement (Essay), approximately two (double spaced, using APA style) pages in a formal essay format, addressing the following items in the essay. 
    • 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 Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. Alternatively, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores may be submitted in lieu of MAT scores.
    • Information about taking the MAT exam in La Crosse is available from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at 608-785-8073. There is a fee for the exam. Information about testing sites in other locations is available on the Pearson Education website: MAT Testing Centers. Advance arrangements are necessary at all sites. Applicants will need to designate Viterbo University to receive the official scores. 
      • Viterbo's MAT code #1831. This code may not be listed specifically in the existing publications from MAT. 
      • Viterbo's GRE code #1878
    • Post-BSN applicants with at least five previous graduate credits with a grade earned of 'B' or better will have the option to waive the MAT.  
    • Post-MSN entry applicants:  The MAT is not required for Post-MSN entry applicants. 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.  Please complete the recommendation request forms on the supplemental items page in your application portal and an email notification will be sent to your recommenders.  The Admission Committee requests that you seek recommendations from the specific individuals listed in the bullets below.  If you have questions on identifying individuals, please reach out to Graduate Admissions or Dr. Stolder.  A PDF copy of the  Recommendation Form can be printed here and emailed to gradadmissions@viterbo.edu with the subject of DNP letter of recommendation.  However, using the recommendation request in your portal is preferred and easier for your recommenders.   
  • 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. 
      • Note:  If you are applying to the Dual DNP\MBA program applicants should submit 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 health care 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 the Nursing Practice 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 will be scheduled. 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

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree 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 submittedDocuments must be submitted by either uploading them to your application portal or emailing them gradnursing@viterbo.edu. Once all documents are complete the School of Nursing Graduate Program Admissions Committee reviews candidates and invites select candidates for the interview stage of the admissions process.  

  • Transcripts from ADN and BSN and any graduate education (see instructions on application) sent electronically to Viterbo to transcripts@viterbo.edu or mailed from the degree-granting institution to Viterbo University Graduate Admissions, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601. 
  • Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Please look up your licenses, save them as a PDF to easily upload them in your application portal. 
  • A personal statement (Essay), approximately two pages (double spaced and APA style) 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 and how has this experience influenced your decision to pursue graduate studies.
    • Discuss the challenges and rewards you anticipate experiencing 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) (with a grade earned of '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.  Please complete the recommendation request forms on the supplemental items page in your application portal and an email notification will be sent to your recommenders.  The Admission Committee requests that you seek recommendations from the specific individuals listed in the bullets below.  If you have questions on identifying individuals, please reach out to Graduate Admissions or Dr. Stolder.  A PDF copy of the  Recommendation Form can be printed here and emailed to gradadmissions@viterbo.edu with the subject of DNP letter of recommendation.  However, using the recommendation request in your portal is preferred and easier for your recommenders.   
    • 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. 

Certificate (AGAC-NP) & Non-Degree (Student-at-Large)

Postgraduate Certificate - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Applicants to the post-graduate certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for admission

  1. Graduated, or anticipated graduation from a master’s or doctoral accredited primary care nurse practitioner program with an adult-gerontology or family population focus;

The following list of required application documents can be found with the Supplemental Items list once an application is submittedDocuments must be submitted by either uploading them to your application portal or emailing them gradadmissions@viterbo.edu. Once all documents are complete the School of Nursing Graduate Program Admissions Committee reviews candidates and invites select candidates for the interview stage of the admissions process.  

  • Transcripts from all degree-granting (DNP, MSN, BSN, and ADN) should be directly from the institution to Viterbo Univesity.  The Univesity prefers  electronical/PDF delivery (either selet Viterbo Admissions or email  to  transcripts@viterbo.edu)  If your degree-granting institution only offers postal mail delivery please send them to Viterbo University Graduate Admissions, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601. 
  • Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Please look up your license(s), save them as a PDF(s) to easily upload them in your application portal. 
  • Current resume adding any additional leadership, presentations, or service in which you have participated.
  •  
  • A personal statement (Essay), approximately two pages (double spaced and APA style) in a formal essay format, addressing the following items:
    • Describe your purpose and goals (short- and long-term) in pursuing the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certification (AG-ACNP).
    • How has your preparation/current role as an nurse practitioner (NP) prepared you for study to obtain the AG-ACNP certification?
    • Discuss the challenges and rewards you anticipate in pursuing the AG-ACNP certificate preparation.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation.  Please complete the recommendation request forms on the supplemental items page in your application portal and an email notification will be sent to your recommenders.  The Admission Committee requests that you seek recommendations from the specific individuals listed in the bullets below.  If you have questions on identifying individuals, please reach out to Graduate Admissions or Dr. Stolder.  A PDF copy of the  Recommendation Form can be printed here and emailed to gradadmissions@viterbo.edu with the subject of DNP letter of recommendation.  However, using the recommendation request in your portal is preferred and easier for your recommenders.   
    • 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.

Non-degree (Student-at-Large)

Non-degree seeking students with a BSN may be admitted on a space-available basis for selected courses. Candidates may petition to take up to six hours as a Student-at-Large/Non-Degree Seeking status.  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.