Graduate Program in Nursing


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 new state-of-the-art School of Nursing Building.

PDF iconPost BSN to DNP

  • Family NP
  • Adult-Gero NP

PDF iconPost MSN to DNP

  • For practicing NPs 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.


Post-BSN to DNP

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.

Post-MSN to DNP

There are three options within the Post-MSN to DNP program:

1. For Current NPs:
The curriculum for Post-MSN to DNP is a 30 credit program normally completed in two years with an allowance for taking a longer time to complete the program if needed (1-2 courses/semester).  

2. Post-MSN Program Including INITIAL NP Preparation:
This extended program leads to the post-MSN to DNP and includes the additional coursework necessary to be eligible to certify as an Adult-Gero or Family NP.

3. Ethical Leadership (Available fall 2016):
This program is designed for applicants who are not APRNs and who wish to pursue advanced speciality practice at the aggregate/systems/organizational level. 


The MSN and DNP programs at Viterbo University are 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 is $785 for the 2016-17 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.


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.


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 AANPCP).

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


Bobbi Hundt
Graduate Nursing Program Administrative Assistant
Viterbo University School of Nursing
900 Viterbo Dr.
La Crosse, WI  54601

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