Wilkes University

Admission Requirements

Apply to Wilkes Nursing Programs

Our online graduate programs are designed for registered nurses who are ready to take the next step in their careers. Wilkes also offers an accelerated path to a nursing degree for second-degree students in a campus, face-to-face format. Read about deadlines and requirements below. For more information, contact Graduate Admissions at (570) 408-4235.

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Application Deadlines

M.S.N. programs in Adult-Gerontology, Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner:

  • For fall 2020 entry: Apply by July 1
    • For students seeking a post-graduate certificate in these areas, the application deadline is April 1.

Ph.D. and D.N.P. programs:

  • For fall 2020 entry: Apply by July 1

Accelerated Baccalaureate degree:

  • Accepted on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

R.N. to M.S.N., Nursing M.S.N. or Post-Graduate /APRN Certificate programs in the following concentrations:

Admissions Requirements:

  • A completed online application
  • Official transcripts with nursing degree completion and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale  (Nurse Practitioner programs) from an institution with programmatic (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accreditation. Students who 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 or doctoral degree in Nursing for post-graduate/APRN certificate program
  • Unencumbered RN license; and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • One year of clinical experience

Apply to the online program

Admission Requirements:

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree or post graduate/APRN certificate - advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), clinical nurse leader, or health policy concentrations.
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher from a master's or doctoral degree granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited.
  • Official transcripts from master's degree and post-graduate/APRN certificate granting institutions, as appropriate.
  • Unencumbered RN license; and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed online application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Validation of completed, supervised clinical practice hours during master's and/or post-graduate/APRN certificate program. Verification must be provided by the nursing program where the clinical hours were completed.
  • Two recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the candidate's potential for advanced practice studies and leadership
  • 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.

Apply to online program

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from a master's- or doctoral-granting institution that is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited, showing degree completion and a GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Unencumbered RN license; and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Completed online application at www.wilkes.edu/applyonline
  • Letter of intent describing your professional goals, research topic and the reason for pursuing the Ph.D. degree
  • Two recommendations from graduate-level nurses or faculty who can attest to your ability to be successful in a Ph.D. program

Admissions Requirements:

  • 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
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two current letters of recommendation

All documents listed above may be emailed to nicholas.tomaskovic@wilkes.edu. If your undergraduate institution is unable to send official transcripts electronically, they may mail the transcripts to: Wilkes University Admissions, Attn: Amy Patton, 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.


  • 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 chemistry with a related laboratory experience (4 credits)
  • One semester of elementary statistics (3 credits)

Questions? Contact:

Nicholas Tomaskovic
Associate Director, Graduate Admissions

Authorization requirements for distance education vary by state. Wilkes University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which allows us to enroll students and engage in all activities covered by SARA in states that are members of SARA. However, Wilkes University 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. Programs leading to professional licensure/certifications may have additional authorization requirements that need to be met. Wilkes University's programs are designed to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for recommending candidates for licensure/certification. The University continually reviews its programs and state requirements and actively seeks approvals, where needed, in order to deliver its online programs. Any questions related to the University's approval to offer online graduate programs in a specific state should be forwarded to our Graduate Admissions team. Additional information can also be found at http://wilkes.edu/StateAuthorization

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.