Admission

RN to MSN  and Master's Degree Admission

Wilkes University requires online master’s degree program applicants (including RN to MSN applicants) to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We offer candidates three levels of admission: regular acceptance, provisional acceptance, and conditional acceptance. Conditional acceptance is not available for accelerated-program applicants.

RN to MSN and Master’s Degree Acceptance Requirements

Regular Acceptance requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 higher from an associate’s- (for RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (for full MSN program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited*
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution

*Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed.

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or 3.0 or higher from an associate’s- (for RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (for full MSN program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited*
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution**

**Official transcripts from degree-granting institution due prior to start of second course

Conditional Acceptance (academic) requirements***

  • GPA between 2.5-2.99 from an associate’s- (for RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (for full MSN program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited*
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution
  • Letter of Intent (must include reason for pursuing MSN degree and reason GPA is less than 3.0)
  • Two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be from supervisors and/or those who can attest to candidate’s ability to be successful in graduate nursing education)
  • Signed Graduate Nursing Student Handbook Attestation

***Admitted students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in first two courses to move forward in program of study

The MSN program provides an accelerated track where students can take 2 courses simultaneously during an 8-week period. Admission criteria for regular acceptance is a GPA of 3.25 and above. There is no conditional acceptance, and students must be approved by the program Chair or designee. Students complete an attestation form which outlines the rigor and expectations of this accelerated track.

DNP Admission

Wilkes University requires applicants to the online DNP program to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We offer candidates three levels of admission: regular acceptance, provisional acceptance, and conditional acceptance:

DNP Acceptance Requirements

Regular Acceptance requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice nurse, nurse executive, nursing informatics, clinical nurse leader, or health policy concentrations only
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from master’s-degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited*
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application and CV
  • Proof of completion of supervised clinical practice hours during master’s or post-graduate certificate program. Verification of completed hours must be provided by the nursing program where the clinical hours were completed. Transcripts are not considered official verification and will not be accepted as verification. (Please note: The DNP degree requires completion of a total of 1,000 clinical hours earned during master’s/post-graduate certificate, and the DNP program)
  • Two recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the candidate’s potential for advanced practice studies and leadership
  • Official transcripts from master’s degree and post-graduate certificate granting institutions
  • Evidence of completion for advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology by APRN students (Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Midwives) who do not hold current national certification

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice nurse, nurse executive, nursing informatics, clinical nurse leader, or health policy concentrations only
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from master’s-degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited*
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application and CV
  • Proof of completion of supervised clinical practice hours during master’s or post-graduate certificate program. Verification of completed hours must be provided by the nursing program where the clinical hours were completed. Transcripts are not considered official verification and will not be accepted as verification. (Please note: The DNP degree requires completion of a total of 1,000 clinical hours earned during master’s/post-graduate certificate, and the DNP program)
  • Two recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the candidate’s potential for advanced practice studies and leadership
  • Unofficial transcripts from master’s degree and post-graduate certificate granting institution**
  • Evidence of completion for advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology is required by APRN students (Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Midwives) who do not hold current national certification

**Official transcript from degree-granting institution due prior to start of second course

Conditional Acceptance (academic) requirements***

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice nurse, nurse executive, nursing informatics, clinical nurse leader, or health policy concentrations only
  • GPA of 3.0-3.49 from master’s-degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited*
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application and CV
  • Proof of completion of supervised clinical practice hours during master’s or post-graduate certificate program. Verification of completed hours must be provided by the nursing program where the clinical hours were completed. Transcripts are not considered official verification and will not be accepted as verification. (Please note: The DNP degree requires completion of a total of 1000 clinical hours earned during master’s/post-graduate certificate, and the DNP program)
  • Letter of Intent addressing reason for pursuing DNP, reason for GPA less than 3.5 in graduate studies, and steps student will take to ensure successful completion of DNP program
  • Three recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the candidate’s potential for advanced practice studies and leadership
  • Official transcripts from master’s degree and post-graduate certificate granting institutions
  • Evidence of completion for advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology by APRN students (Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Midwives) who do not hold current national certification

*Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed.

***Admitted students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in first two courses to move forward in program of study

Ph.D. Admission

Wilkes University requires applicants to the online Ph.D program to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We offer candidates three levels of admission: regular acceptance, provisional acceptance, and conditional acceptance:

Ph.D. Acceptance Requirements

Regular Acceptance requirements

  • Master's-level nursing degree
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from master’s-degree-granting institution
  • RN License
  • Application
  • Letter of intent describing your career goals, professional interests, and the reason you are pursuing a Ph.D. degree to the Admissions Committee
  • Two recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the candidate’s potential to be successful in a Ph.D. program
  • Official transcripts from master’s degree-granting institutions

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) requirements

  • Master's-level nursing degree
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from master's-level degree-granting institution
  • RN license
  • Application
  • Letter of intent describing your career goals, professional interests, and the reason you are pursuing a Ph.D. degree to the Admissions Committee
  • Two recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the candidate’s potential to be successful in a Ph.D. program*
  • Unofficial transcripts from master’s degree-granting institution**

*Signed attestation due by the end of the first week of class (Day 7)

**Official transcript from degree-granting institution due prior to start of second course

Conditional Acceptance (academic) requirements

  • Master's-level nursing degree
  • GPA of 3.0-3.49 from master’s degree-granting institution
  • RN License
  • Application
  • Letter of intent describing your career goals, professional interests, and the reason you are pursuing a Ph.D. degree, including the reason for a GPA less than 3.5 in graduate studies, and steps student will take to ensure successful completion of Ph.D. program to the Admissions Committee*
  • Three recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the candidate’s ability to be successful in a Ph.D. program
  • Official transcripts from master’s degree-granting institution

*Student will be admitted and must achieve a 3.0 GPA in first two courses to move forward in program of study

Post-Graduate Certificate Admission

Wilkes University requires applicants to the online post-graduate certificate programs to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We offer candidates three levels of admission: regular acceptance, provisional acceptance, and conditional acceptance:

Post-Graduate Certificate Acceptance Requirements

Regular Acceptance requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing or Doctoral degree in Nursing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from a master’s-degree-granting institution which is programmatically* (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Official transcript from degree-granting institution

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing or Doctoral degree in Nursing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from master’s-degree-granting institution
  • Students must have graduated from a programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited institution within one year prior to receiving programmatic accreditation*
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution**

**Official transcripts from all schools attended due prior to start of second course

Conditional Acceptance (academic) requirements***

  • Master of Science in Nursing or Doctoral degree in Nursing
  • GPA of 2.50-2.99 from a master’s-degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited*
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Official transcript from degree-granting institution
  • Letter of Intent addressing reason for pursuing post-graduate certificate, reason for GPA less than 3.0 in graduate studies
  • Two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be from supervisors and/or those who can attest to candidate’s ability to be successful in graduate nursing education)

*Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed.

***Admitted students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in first two courses to move forward in program of study

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 45 credits of General Education courses completed as part of an associate’s degree in nursing or nursing diploma program may be applied toward a Wilkes University bachelor’s degree. All transfer credits must be earned from a regionally accredited university or college. The Wilkes University Registrar will conduct a full transcript review to determine how many credits can be transferred.

A maximum of 6 hours of graduate credits completed at another U.S. regionally accredited university or college may be applied toward the requirements for the Nursing master’s degree. A maximum of 12 credits may be applied to the DNP degree. There is no exception to this policy. Acceptance into a graduate program is necessary before credits can be considered for transfer.

Transfer credits must match existing credits contained in the scope of the programs at Wilkes. Course descriptions will be reviewed to determine compatibility with existing Wilkes courses. Students may be required to submit course syllabi in cases in which the course descriptions are inconclusive. The Director of the Graduate Nursing Program makes the final determination regarding transfer credits.

Please note: Authorization requirements for online/distance education vary by state. Wilkes University is currently in the process of pursuing individual state authorizations and approvals, as necessary, for its online course delivery. Wilkes is not required to have state authorization in all 50 states and may choose not to enroll students from states where we are not authorized. Any questions related to the university’s approval to offer nursing programs in a specific state should be forwarded to our Admissions team.

Please note: Since online/distance education requirements vary by state, online students who change their residency to a state in which Wilkes University is not approved to operate may be unable to remain enrolled at Wilkes University or may have their academic progression delayed until proper approvals may be obtained.

For Ohio residents: The online graduate programs within the Wilkes University School of Nursing are authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to offer programs with on-ground experiences or are exempt from authorization by the Ohio Board of Regents.

For Alaska residents: The programs within the Wilkes University School of Nursing are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 because the program is online or distance delivered and does not have a physical presence in the state.

 

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Scholarships and Grants Available

  • Free Textbooks for the Length of the Program
  • $1,000 Priority Scholarship
  • Graduation Grant
  • $3,000 Partner Scholarship
  • Ph.D. Inaugural Launch Grant
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Friends and Family Award

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Tuition

Wilkes University offers affordable tuition rates for our online nursing degrees and certificate programs. It’s just one way we continue the Wilkes tradition of educating students for lifelong learning and career success in a constantly evolving world.

Tuition and Fees

  • RN to MSN: $538 per credit hour ($15 Proctor Now fee required for each exam administered in NSG 500, NSG 530 and NSG 533)
  • MSN: $538 per credit hour ($15 Proctor Now fee required for each exam administered in NSG 500, NSG 530 and NSG 533)
  • DNP: $985 per credit hour
  • PhD: $985 per credit hour
  • Post-Graduate Certificate Students: $538 per credit hour ($15 Proctor Now fee required for each exam administered in NSG 500, NSG 530 and NSG 533)
 

FAQ

Below you will find commonly asked questions from prospective students about the Wilkes Passan School of Nursing online RN to MSN, MSN, DNP, Ph.D., and post-graduate certificate programs. If you need further information, please contact an Enrollment Specialist at 1-888-986-8104.

Q: Do I need to be a licensed Registered Nurse?

A: Yes, you will need to have licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Q: I’m working full time. Do I need to take time off to complete my online nursing program?

A: No. That’s one of the advantages of the online nursing programs from Wilkes. The majority of our students are working full time. Our fully online programs allow you to complete coursework when and where it’s most convenient for you, wherever you connect to the Internet.

Q: I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the program?

A: Because our online programs are designed for working professionals, there is never a preset time that you have to be in class. The online “classroom” is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and therefore works around your schedule. Students tell us the average time spent working in a course is 15-20 hours a week, which includes reading, posting on the online discussion boards and completing specific assignments.

Q: How long will it take to complete my nursing master’s degree online?

A: With scheduled breaks, the Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics master’s degree programs can be completed fully online in 26 months. 

The RN to MSN program requires an additional 24 weeks to complete the two initial “bridge” courses, and should be considered a 32-month program in total.

Q. How long will it take to complete my DNP degree online?

A: With scheduled breaks, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program can be completed in 24 months.

Q. How long will it take to complete my post-graduate certificate online?

A: With scheduled breaks, the post-graduate certificates in both Nurse Executive, Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics, can be completed in 12 to 18 months. Candidates who have already successfully completed Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology (Advanced Pharmacology must be taken in the past 5 years) can complete their certificate program fully online in just 12 months. Candidates who haven’t taken those courses will complete the post-graduate certificate program in 18 months.

Q: When do classes start?

A: Normally there are 6 starts per year. The sooner you start, the faster you will be able to reach your career goals.

Q: I am worried that I will not be able to learn online. How does online learning work?

A: Many students have the same concern. There will be some adjustments needed in comparison to traditional learning; however, Wilkes University offers outstanding support. As a student, you will have Technical Support and Student Services advisors as well as an Enrollment Specialist who will be with you until you graduate. After about two weeks, students tell us they are very comfortable with the online format and enjoy the benefits and flexibility of online education.

Q: Should I wait to work towards my nursing degree or certificate?

A: It depends. If you are waiting for life to slow down, the answer is no because that never happens. Just remember, life goes by whether you are in school or not. Earning your nursing degree or certificate and advancing your career needs to be a priority. Investing in yourself is the best return on investment you can receive! We also help you get started by streamlining the admissions process for our online students. See our Admissions section for complete information.

Q: I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?

A: Yes, the classroom is a very user-friendly format, and within a couple weeks you will be very comfortable.

Q: Do you accept transfer credits from other universities?

A maximum of 12 credits may be applied to the DNP degree. A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the RN to MSN and master’s programs. Transfer credits must match existing credits contained in the scope of the programs at Wilkes. Course descriptions will be reviewed to determine compatibility with existing Wilkes courses. Students may be required to submit course syllabi in cases in which the course descriptions are inconclusive. The Director of the Graduate Nursing Program makes the final determination regarding transfer credits.

 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is an important resource for many Wilkes University degree program students. (Please note that post-graduate certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid.)

If you’re applying to a Wilkes Nursing online degree program, please don’t assume you won’t qualify for financial aid; there are a number of programs designed to help candidates reach their education goals.

The key is to apply: many students in our online nursing degree programs utilize federal and state financial aid to help cover the cost of attendance. Payment plans are available, including deferred payment for employers who reimburse tuition costs.

If you have decided to use financial aid, please complete the FAFSA along with your application.

Wilkes University’s FAFSA School Code is 003394.

Contact an Enrollment Specialist to find out more about the financial aid process or get answers to specific questions: 1-888-986-8104.

Wilkes University admits and awards financial aid to students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin without regard to age, sex or handicap.

These Financial Aid statements are for the purpose of information. The University reserves the right to change any provisions or requirements, including award programs and rates, at any time.