Wilkes University

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As a nurse, you will make a difference in the lives of those around you.

Whether you hope to work in an elementary school or an emergency room, Wilkes University's Passan School of Nursing will provide the comprehensive nursing education you need to give patients the complex and compassionate care they deserve.

As a nursing student at Wilkes, you will enjoy the distinction of participating in one of the few programs in the state to receive accreditation for a 10-year term by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, assuring a quality, comprehensive curriculum.

As the only university in northeastern Pennsylvania with a freestanding school of nursing, Wilkes University’s nursing program emphasizes hands-on patient care and clinical experience. In fact, our nursing program requires three years of clinical experience; most programs require only two years. We combine our comprehensive curriculum with the unique mentoring culture of a small, liberal arts university to give you the education you need to be a leader in an ever-evolving and increasingly demanding world of health care.

93.55% NCLEX-RN pass rate

This exceeds the national average of 88.07% and the Pennsylvania average of 91.61%.

Our bachelor’s degree program and successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) lead to licensure as a registered nurse. With more hospitals today requiring entry-level nurses to have bachelor’s degrees, the Passan School of Nursing gives you an advantage in the job market as well as a solid foundation if you choose to further your education at the master’s or doctoral level.

The traditional bachelor of science degree program in nursing require you to take a minimum of 126 credits. Please click here for specific course requirements in the Wilkes University Bulletin.

Wilkes University’s Passan School of Nursing immerses you in a hands-on learning environment. We feature:

  • three years of clinical practice – one more year to hone your patient skills than most schools offer;
  • a senior practicum that allows you to work side-by-side with a faculty advisor and practicing mentor in an area hospital or health care agency;
  • interprofessional education, where you’ll learn to work with physicians, pharmacists and others as a part of an integrated health care team;
  • the chance for you to participate in health fairs, where you can give flu vaccines, provide education, check blood pressure and monitor blood sugar.
At Wilkes, we give you the opportunity to apply the skills you learn in the classroom, testing not only your knowledge but also clinical thinking and reaction skills. Our spacious, new Clinical Nursing Simulation Center features:
  • two smart classrooms;
  • medical surgical, critical care and pediatric/obstetrics suites set up like real hospital rooms;
  • computer lab and student lounge;
  • home health suite;
  • three high-fidelity manikins—lifelike computer-controlled models that can simulate bleeding, breathing and changing skin color;
  • three moderate-fidelity manikins and other training tools.
In the Passan School of Nursing, we teach high-tech skills, but we also believe in the importance of tradition. When you begin nursing clinicals, you will participate in a professional nursing induction ceremony, where you’ll be fitted with your lab coat and sign the Nurses’ Code of Ethics. After successfully completing the nursing program, you’ll enjoy the tradition of our Pinning Ceremony. There you’ll be recognized for your accomplishments while surrounded by faculty and peer
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is expected to grow 12 percent from 2018-2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Median pay for registered nurses is $73,300 per year.

As an RN with a bachelor’s degree, you will enjoy a range of career options including:

  • Nurse Manager
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Flight Nurse
  • Travel Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Medical-Surgical Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Patient Educator

If you are a practicing RN or LPN and you want to advance in your career, Wilkes offers an RN to BSN program and an LPN to BSN program designed with your expertise and busy schedule in mind.

Dr. Susan J. Malkemes

Chair, Undergraduate Nursing
(570) 408-4081