True leadership is distinguished by intelligence, compassion and initiative – traits shared by great nurses everywhere.

These same elements are at the heart of Wilkes University’s accredited online nursing master’s, doctoral degrees, and post-graduate certificate programs.

Designed specifically for working professionals like you who are ready to lead the health care field, our fully online* coursework means you’re not tied to a traditional academic calendar. Start your nursing degree or certificate program with our next cohort, and complete your coursework when and where it’s most convenient.

Wilkes is an accredited, nonprofit university with an academic tradition dating back more than 80 years. Our personalized, supportive, academic approach is guided by experienced faculty and grounded in an intellectually rigorous environment.

The Wilkes RN to MSN track is ideal for experienced, registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree and want to earn a full master’s degree. Our online* course work balances the needs of a rigorous graduate academic program with the ability to study as you keep your current job. Our accelerated MSN option means you can earn your advanced degree even faster!

If you have earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree and are ready to become a nursing leader, our online Nurse Executive, Nursing Education or Nursing Informatics master’s programs may be right for you. We also offer an accelerated option – earn your full MSN in less than 20 months!

If you’ve already earned your master of science in nursing degree as an advanced practice nurse or nurse executive, the fully online* Wilkes DNP program offers a terminal degree program focused on promoting leadership grounded in a strong foundation of both applied research and clinical practice. Our Ph.D. in Nursing program prepares you with next-level skills to advance your health care career in academia or clinical practice.

Our post-graduate Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics and Nursing Education certificates are for experienced RNs who already have a master’s or doctorate and want to specialize in these high-demand fields.

*All Wilkes nursing degrees and certifications require the completion of certain on-ground components to fully complete the programs.

Scholarships and Grants Available

  • Free Textbooks
  • $1,000 Priority Scholarship
  • $1,614 Graduation Grant
  • $3,000 Partner Scholarship
  • 20% Alumni Scholarship
  • 20% Friends and Family Award
  • Ph.D. in Nursing Scholarship
  • Nurse Scholar Grant

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Nursing Programs

RN to MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)
As an experienced RN with an associate’s degree, you can earn your nursing-focused MSN online in less than three years – or choose our accelerated option and earn your MSN in just two years! Take your career to a higher level by earning your master’s degree! Simply enroll, complete two bridge courses, and then enter your choice of Wilkes University’s Nurse Executive, Nursing Education or Nursing Informatics online* MSN programs. Take the next step in your nursing career with the Wilkes University Online Nursing advantage.
Master of Science: Nursing Education
Our emphasis on theory and evidence-based research, effective teaching/learning strategies, curricular design and proven assessment measures consistently produces highly qualified nurse educators. Take the next step in your nursing career with the Wilkes University Online Nursing advantage.
Master of Science: Nurse Executive
If you’re up for the challenge and want to expand your career horizon, Wilkes University’s online* 39-credit Nurse Executive program will prepare you for leadership and management roles. We do this by providing students with an intensive grounding in relevant business concepts, advanced practice and workplace leadership. Take the next step in your nursing career with the Wilkes University Online Nursing advantage.
Master of Science: Nursing Informatics
Earn a master’s degree in one of the most technologically advanced specialties in nursing. The 39-credit Nursing Informatics program includes a 200-hour practicum you can complete at your workplace. Graduates of the Nursing Informatics program will also qualify to sit for ANCC certification exams. Take the next step in your nursing career with the Wilkes University Online Nursing advantage.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Wilkes Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares candidates who hold master’s degrees as advanced practice nurses or nurse executives to be clinical leaders in health care practice and policy. The DNP course work immerses you in the latest scientific research and information technology, preparing you to apply new approaches in your own clinical practice. Take the next step in your nursing career with the Wilkes University Online Nursing Advantage.
Ph.D. in Nursing
Our Ph.D. in Nursing program prepares you with next-level skills to advance your health care career in academia or clinical practice. You’ll receive early engagement with a faculty chair during your dissertation process, giving you the guidance you need from start to finish. And, our online program is designed for working professionals, providing you with a structured balance between family, career, and continuing your education.