School of Nursing

About Nursing

The Viterbo University School of Nursing is a fully accredited, regionally distinctive program offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Today, the School of Nursing has over 600 students enrolled in its four programs with a full- and part-time faculty numbering near 35.

As members of the larger university community, nursing students have the opportunity to study philosophy and religious studies as well as the sciences. This ability to gain a broad liberal arts perspective throughout the professional curriculum sets Vi

Welcome to the Viterbo University School of Nursing

I invite you to share in the Viterbo University experience and to learn more about our outstanding programs. The School of Nursing is home to several fully accredited professional programs:

The discipline of nursing is based on scientific knowledge and professionals utilize the latest research to provide evidence-based care.  We incorporate these skills into our curricula to foster the development of competent professionals.

Within our programs, we emphasize health promotion and disease prevention as well as advanced technology to minimize the effects of disease and disability.  In our increasingly global and diverse community, we focus on care within the context of family, culture and community.

One unique component of our programs is emphasis on ethical decision making.  We prepare students to address the complex ethical issues they will confront in their professional careers and in their daily lives.  This values based education is the hallmark of a Viterbo University graduate.

We are proud of our legacy of excellence and envision a strong future as premiere professional programs founded on a liberal arts tradition and rooted in Franciscan values.

Explore our website to learn more about each of our programs.  Join us for an on campus visit and experience what is best about the School of Nursing - our students and faculty.  Perhaps you would like to know more about our new School of Nursing.  A statewide nursing publication recently published an article:  New Nursing Facility Exceeds Expectations.

Mary Lu Gerke, PhD, RN
Interim Dean, College of Nursing, Health, and Human Behavior

terbo graduates apart. With our roots deep in the Franciscan tradition of health care service, we set high standards for our students and in turn graduate highly competent, liberally educated professional nurses.


The goals of the School of Nursing are to:

  • implement a professional nursing curriculum that builds on a strong liberal arts foundation for undergraduate learners and offers specialization, expansion, and/or advancement in nursing practice for graduate and professional learners.
  • provide an educational experience that emphasizes active learning in a values based context; 
  • create a collegial environment that facilitates the professional development of students and faculty; 
  • prepare graduates for professional practice in a dynamic health care environment.