About the Graduate Programs in Nursing

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As a graduate student in nursing at Viterbo University, students embark on an educational experience that challenges them to develop and advance their knowledge and skills in nursing. Candidates in all of the graduate nursing paths (the Direct Entry MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice [DNP] programs, and Post-Graduate Certificate) are developing the critical thinking and leadership skills necessary to effectively partner with patients, colleagues, and communities.  Contemporary health care is characterized by unprecedented changes in science and technology, increasing globalization, socioeconomic, and environmental imbalances. Advanced education in nursing will provide graduates with the specialized knowledge needed to address the health challenges of our global society. 

Through both face-to-face and web-enhanced courses, students experience high quality, interactive instruction based on current nursing research and practice. Candidates in the DNP and Post-Graduate Certificate have the opportunity for practicum options to augment learning in their chosen role preparation. Direct Entry MSN students engage with diverse patient populations across a variety of health care specialties and settings.  Graduates of a Viterbo graduate program in nursing are well prepared for demanding roles whether as entry-level nurse (Registered Nurse) or as professional nurses in advanced roles who will improve the health of the communities they serve. 


Post-BSN to DNP Program Options                                    Direct Entry MSN                                        

Post-MSN to DNP Program Options                                   AG-ACNP Post-Graduate Certificate


Explore our graduate nursing programs: 

Master of Science in Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-bachelor’s and post-master’s entry paths)
Post-Graduate Certificate

Program information:

DNP and Post-Graduate Certificate Information
Michele Merten, DNP, ANP-C
Director, Graduate Programs in Nursing
608-796-3667 | mmmerten@viterbo.edu

MSN Direct Entry (Initial RN Licensure) 
Cameron Kiersch, DNP, RN
Director, MSN Direct Entry and Assistant Professor
608-796-3683 | cjkiersch@viterbo.edu

Admission information:

Magy Kellogg, MS
Director, Graduate Admissions
608-796-3028 | mekellogg@viterbo.edu