Graduate Program in Nursing


Application Procedures

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 first priority admission deadline is November 1. 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 theend of December.  CRNA track students apply to Viterbo University after they have been instructed by the School of Anesthesia program director.

Non-degree seeking students with a BSN may be admitted on a space-available basis for selected courses. 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. 

Admission Requirements for Degree Seeking Applicants


To apply for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, the applicant 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 started.  Documents must be submitted to the School of Nursing Graduate Program Committee by either uploading them or mailing them:

  • Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate education (see instructions on application)
  • ​Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse
  • Four recommendationsPDF iconRecommendation form can be printed here or completed online with this link - from the online application.
  • Professional CV and personal statement
  • Official scores on Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Alternatively, Graduate Record Exam results are acceptable. MAT is waived if student has at least five previous graduate credits at B or better.  Information on taking the MAT exam in La Crosse can be received by calling UW-La Crosse 608-785-8074. Advance arrangements are necessary at all sites.

After receipt of these materials, a personal interview may be requested of the applicant. Admission to the full-time degree program will be limited. Part-time students may be admitted on a space-available basis.

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 and a research course (undergraduate)
  • Evidence of current CPR throughout 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.


  • Master's degree in nursing from 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 a 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 program on online application.