Admission

RN to BS Admission

Wilkes University requires online baccalaureate degree program applicants (including RN to BS applicants) to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We offer candidates two levels of admission: regular acceptance and provisional acceptance:

RN to BS Degree Acceptance Requirements

Regular Acceptance requirements

  • Students possessing an associate's degree in nursing must have graduated from a regionally AND programmatically* (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited institution
  • Students possessing a diploma in nursing must have graduated from a programmatically* (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited institution
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Proof of high school completion**

Provisional Acceptance requirements

  • Completion of a regionally and programmatically* accredited [Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] diploma or associate’s degree in nursing program
  • Eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam***
  • Completed application
  • Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended****
  • Proof of high school completion**

*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.

**Students must submit proof of high school completion.  Students must submit one of the following documents:  High school diploma, high school transcripts, or GED.

***Students who are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam may enroll in NSG 290: Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing. Students must provide proof of licensure prior to NSG 347, or the student may be dismissed from the program and may not receive the 42 advanced placement credits awarded at the end of NSG 290.

****Official transcripts from all schools attended due by week 8 of first course (NSG 290).

NOTE: Students must submit a 2x2 passport photo and copy of government ID during the admission process (this is needed to generate a Wilkes Student ID. All students will need this prior to beginning NSG 347).

RN to MS and Master’s Degree Admission

Wilkes University requires online master’s degree program applicants (including RN to MS 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 MS and Master’s Degree Acceptance Requirements

Regular Acceptance requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from a programmatically* accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] associate’s- (for RN to MS program) or baccalaureate- (for full MS program) degree-granting institution; Accelerated-program applicants must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher from a programmatically accredited degree-granting institution
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution
  • Signed Graduate Nursing Student Handbook Attestation
  • Accelerated-program applicants must also sign the Accelerated Program Attestation
  • Accelerated-program applicants must also gain approval of Dean or Program Chair

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from a programmatically accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] associate’s- (for RN to MS program) or baccalaureate- (for full MS program) degree-granting institution; Accelerated-program applicants must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher from a programmatically* accredited degree-granting institution
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution***
  • Unsigned Graduate Nursing Student Handbook Attestation****
  • Accelerated-program applicants must also sign the Accelerated Program Attestation
  • Accelerated-program applicants must also gain approval of Dean or Program Chair

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

****Signed Graduate Nursing Student Handbook Attestation due by the end of the first week (Day 7)

Conditional Acceptance (academic) requirements ***

  • GPA between 2.5-2.99 from a programmatically* accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] associate’s- (for RN to MS program) or baccalaureate- (for full MS program) degree-granting institution
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Resume
  • Official (preferred) or unofficial transcripts from degree-granting institution****
  • Letter of Intent (must include reason for pursuing MS 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)

*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

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

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
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from a programmatically* accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] master's degree-granting institution
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 200 supervised clinical practice hours during advanced practice registered nursing or nurse executive master's program or post-graduate certificate program. Verification of completed hours must be provided by the School of Nursing where the clinical hours were completed and must be submitted on official school letterhead.  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 letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcript from degree-granting institution

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice nurse, nurse executive, nursing informatics, clinical nurse leader, or health policy concentrations
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from a programmatically* accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] master's degree-granting institution
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application and CV
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 200 supervised clinical practice hours during advanced practice registered nursing or nurse executive master's program or post-graduate certificate program. Verification of completed hours must be provided by the School of Nursing where the clinical hours were completed and must be submitted on official school letterhead. 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)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution**

**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
  • GPA of 3.0-3.49 from a programmatically* accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] master's degree-granting institution
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application and CV
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 200 supervised clinical practice hours during advanced practice registered nursing or nurse executive master's program or post-graduate certificate program. Verification of completed hours must be provided by the School of Nursing where the clinical hours were completed and must be submitted on official school letterhead. 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 letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcript 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.

***Admitted students 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 programmatically* accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] master's degree-granting institution
  • 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 a programmatically* accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] master's degree-granting institution
  • 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 2.5-2.99 from a programmatically* accredited [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] master's degree-granting institution
  • 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 47 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 12 credits may be applied to the DNP degree. A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the RN to MS 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.

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. 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.

For Arizona residents: Wilkes University is licensed to operate in the state of Arizona by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

 

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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 BS Students: $495 per credit hour

RN to MS, Nurse Executive MS, Nursing Education MS, and Nursing Informatics MS Students: $625 per credit hour

(plus $89 software access fee required for NSG 500; $15 Proctor Now fee required for each exam administered in NSG 500, NSG 530 and NSG 533)

DNP Students: $840 per credit hour (plus tech fees of $50 per credit hour)

Post-Graduate Certificate Students: $625 per credit hour
(Candidates who haven’t completed graduate-level courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology and/or Advanced Pharmacology note there is a $89 software access fee required for NSG 500; and $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 BS, RN to MS, MS with Major in Nursing, DNP, and post-graduate certificate programs. If you need further information, please contact an Enrollment Specialist at 1-888-314-8247.

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

A: Yes, you will need to have licensure as a Registered Nurse. Note that RN to BS candidates without their RN license can apply for provisional admission. RN to BS candidates Students who are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam may enroll in NSG 290: Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing. Students must provide proof of licensure prior to NSG 347, or the student may be dismissed from the program and may not receive the 42 advanced placement credits awarded at the end of NSG 290.

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 RN to BS program online?

A: That depends on how many credits you transfer from your existing associate’s degree in nursing or nursing diploma program. If you have enough credits to satisfy all of the General Education requirements, you can earn your bachelor’s degree from Wilkes in just two years. The Registrar will review your transcripts and present you with a personalized degree-completion plan.

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 MS 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 and Nursing Education 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?

For the RN to BS program, you can transfer up to 47 credits of General Education courses from your associate’s degree in nursing or nursing diploma. The Wilkes University Registrar will review your transcripts to determine how many credits qualify for transfer.

A maximum of 12 credits may be applied to the DNP degree. A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the RN to MS 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: 1-888-314-8247.

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.