Wilkes University

Mission and Vision


The mission of the Passan School of Nursing is to promote interprofessional practitioners of nursing, who provide quality health care in a constantly evolving multicultural world, engage in lifelong learning, and expand nursing science through scholarship, technology, and academic excellence, while engaging in community service.


The vision of the Passan School of Nursing is to be a recognized nursing education leader who prepares professional nurses for advancing nursing practice and scholarship with meaningful contributions to clinical prevention, population health, and healthcare policy development.

• Baccalaureate nursing students are prepared to meet the challenges of clinical practice in an increasingly complex healthcare environment through the application of evidenced-based practice, technology, and scholarship.

• Graduate students are prepared to assume diverse health care and leadership roles for the advancement of nursing science as expert scholars, practitioners, educators, executives, and informatics specialists.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice/, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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 www.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.