Graduate Nursing Programs

Convenient Programs for Working Nurses

Wilkes University's Passan School of Nursing offers a variety of convenient programs for working nurses. Whether you're looking to advance your current career or pursue a new specialty through a master’s in nursing or beyond, Wilkes has a flexible program for you. Going back to school is a big decision, but Wilkes offers the mentoring and faculty support you need to succeed.

LiquidCompass external website helps healthcare students find employers in any market.

Getting Started

Wilkes has points of entry for associate, bachelor's or master's in nursing degrees.

*Please complete the associated form to schedule a follow-up phone call with a Wilkes University admissions representative.

Nurse Practioner Programs

Want to be a nurse practitioner? Study online to become an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner or psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner

Family nurse practitioner

Psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner

DNP and PhD Programs

Wilkes also offers the online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the online, low residency PhD in Nursing for master's-prepared nurses.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

PhD in Nursing

Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree

If you already have a degree in another discipline but wish to become a nurse, our accelerated baccalaureate degree may be right for you.

accelerated baccalaureate degree


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 ( external website).

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

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.