Wilkes University

Admission Requirements


Application Deadlines


N.P. programs:

  • For spring entry: Sept. 1 application deadline - Classes start in January
  • For fall entry: March 1 application deadline - Classes start in August

Accelerated Baccalaureate degree:

  • For fall entry: March 1 application deadline - Classes start in August

 Applications for Nursing Education, Nurse Executive and Nursing Informatics programs, as well as the D.N.P., are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to view future start dates


Admission Requirements

R.N. to M.S.N., Nursing M.S.N. or Post-Graduate /APRN Certificate programs

  • A completed online application
  • Official transcripts showing nursing degree completion from an accredited program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. 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.
    • Associate's degree in Nursing for R.N. to M.S.N. program
    • Bachelor's degree in Nursing for M.S.N. program
    • Master's of doctoral degree in Nursing for post-graduate/APRN certificate program
  • R.N. License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and National Board Certification, as appropriate
  • Current resume
  • One year of clinical experience

Questions? Call Jessica DiBernardo at (800) Wilkes-U Ext. 4404.

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Regular Acceptance

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


Provisional Acceptance (collateral)*

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from an associate's- (for R.N. to M.S.N. program) or baccalaureate- (for full M.S.N. program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. 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.
  • R.N. 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) **

  • GPA between 2.5-2.99 from an associate's- (for R.N. to M.S.N. program) or baccalaureate- (for full M.S.N. program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. 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.
  • R.N. License
  • Completed application
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution.
  • Letter of Intent (must include reason for pursuing M.S.N. 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)

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

Questions? Contact us at 1-888-314-8247

Regular Acceptance requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), 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. 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.
  • 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 D.N.P. degree requires completion of a total of 1000 clinical hours earned during master's/post-graduate certificate, and the D.N.P. 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)*

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), 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. 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.
  • 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 D.N.P degree requires completion of a total of 1000 clinical hours earned during master's/post-graduate certificate, and the D.N.P. 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

Conditional Acceptance (academic)**

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), 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. 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.
  • 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 D.N.P. degree requires completion of a total of 1000 clinical hours earned during master's/post-graduate certificate, and the D.N.P. program)
  • Letter of Intent addressing reason for pursuing D.N.P., 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

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


Questions? Contact us at 1-888-314-8247

 Regular Acceptance

  • Master of Science in Nursing or Doctoral degree in Nursing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from master's-degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. 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.
  • R.N. 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)*

  • 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. 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.
  • R.N. License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience

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

Conditional Acceptance (academic) **

  • Master of Science in Nursing or Doctoral degree in Nursing
  • GPA of 2.50-2.99 from master's-degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. 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.
  • R.N. 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)

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

Questions? Contact us at 1-888-314-8247

  • Official transcripts showing baccalaureate degree completion in any field from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • TEAS exam (Visit www.atitesting.com to register. Exam may be taken at any location).
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two current letters of recommendation

All documents listed above may be emailed to Kristin.Donati@wilkes.edu. If your undergraduate institution is unable to send official transcripts electronically, they may mail the transcripts to: Wilkes University, Graduate Admissions, Attn: Kristin Donati, 84 W. South Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18766.

International applications whose native language is not English, and who hail from non-English-speaking countries, must take the TOEFL and supply their official score. International applicants must also submit a financial bank statement/support letter.

Prerequisites:

  • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology with a related laboratory experience in each course (4 credits each totaling 8 credits)
  • One semester of microbiology with a related laboratory experience (4 credits)
  • One semester of elementary statistics

Questions? Call Kristin Donati at (800) Wilkes-U Ext. 3338

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* Authorization requirements for 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 graduate nursing programs in a specific state should be forwarded to our Graduate Admissions team. Please note: Since distance education requirements vary by state, distance education 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 Passan 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.


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