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Applicants with an M.S. in nursing:

  1. Master of Science in Nursing with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  2. Advanced Practice Nurses (Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives) must present evidence of:
    • Completion of graduate courses titled Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced  Physical Assessment,
    • Completion and documentation of a minimum of 500 hours of clinical practice during advanced-practice nursing master's or post-master's program. This should be an official statement on University letterhead which verifies the number of supervised clinical hours completed in the applicant's master's program.
    • Proof of national advanced practice certification (preferred)

Applicants with a B.S. in nursing:

  • Bachelor of Science in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Application Process for applicants with B.S. or M.S. in nursing:

1. Complete the online application.

2. Once the online application is complete, submit all of the following information:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary education experiences. (International students must submit all official transcripts and other requirements to http://www.wes.org and pay the appropriate fees. World Education Services will forward documents to Wilkes University.)
  • Three recommendation forms submitted from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the applicant’s potential for advanced-practice studies and for leadership.
  • A maximum 3-page document focusing on a Scholarly Project topic.
  • A professional portfolio submitted by the applicant reflecting career and scholarship achievements to date.
  • Documentation of current RN and advanced practice nursing state licensure and current national certification for advanced practice nursing.  
  • For applicants whose native language is not English and who hail from non-English speaking countries, submission of a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 earned within two years prior to application.

3. For those applicants who meet the above requirements, a successfully completed phone interview.

Submit application materials to:
Wilkes University
Student Services
Doctor of Nursing Practice Admissions
84 W. South St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Application deadlines:

The January 2015 application deadline is Oct. 31, 2014. Apply today!

*Admission to students pursuing a BS-DNP with a concentration in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is offered for the fall semester only.

*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 more information, contact:
Alexandria Duffney
Graduate Admissions
84 W. South St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 4404
Ph: (570) 408-4404
Fax: (570) 408-7846


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