Post-BSN to DNP Program Options
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner
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 2020 plan of study consists of a three-year curriculum, which requires attendance at summer sessions. Initial summer classes will be offered on Wednesdays beginning on May 13, 2020 and ending the first full week of August 2020.
Classes may be offered online only to conform with COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Partially online courses reduce the number of campus visits necessary each semester. Semester 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. 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).
MBA/DNP Dual Degree
Registered nurses with their BSN degree can prepare for leadership roles, educate future nurses, 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 with 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.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Viterbo now offers an innovative Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) option designed for post-BSN students. Through both face-to-face and web-enhanced courses, students experience high-quality, interactive instruction. You will have the opportunity for expertly supervised clinical practicum experiences in the second and third year of the 36-month year round program of study. Students complete 22 doctoral level credits at Viterbo University, transferring in a Master of Science in Biology degree from UW-La Crosse and 21 Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia credits to graduate with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Viterbo University. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and clinical credits from the School of Anesthesia are required to sit for the national board certification exam to be licensed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Please visit the School of Anesthesia website.
Post-MSN to DNP Program Options
For practicing 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. Students who are already nationally certified as NPs or otherwise qualified for the post-MSN DNP program, will participate in direct and/or indirect hours to complete their required 480 hours. A variety of mechanisms and/or processes are used to award post-master's DNP students practice hour credits. APRNs who hold current national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice that require a minimum of a graduate degree, may use practice hours at their place of employment. However, in order to accomplish this, students need to identify specific learning goals that extend beyond the students normal practice expectations.
For those with a master's degree in nursing who want initial nurse practitioner role preparation
The plan of study for post-MSN to DNP that includes initial Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner preparation is three calendar years and is individualized according to the student's previous education. The curriculum includes additional coursework necessary to be eligible to certify as an Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner. 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).
Those with a master's degree in nursing who wish to pursue a leadership role
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 specialty 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-MSN to DNP Ethical Leadership (non-NP) track.
Those with a master's degree in nursing who wish to pursue a MBA/DNP dual degree
The plan of study is designed as an entry point for students who have earned an MSN degree to prepare for leadership roles, educate future nurses, and influence systems of care. This dual degree program provides a path to career goals while saving time and money, preparing students with the doctoral level nursing Essentials as well as the critical business and management skills needed by successful health care leaders.
For more program information contact:
Mary Ellen Stolder, Ph.D., ANP-BC
Director, Graduate Program in Nursing
Viterbo University School of Nursing
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601