Passan School of Nursing

Deborah Zbegner, Dean of the Passan School of Nursing

Welcome From the Dean

On behalf of our nursing faculty and staff, welcome to the Wilkes University Passan School of Nursing!

With a more than 40-year history of educating nurses, the Passan School of Nursing offers an extensive array of undergraduate and graduate concentrations. Whether you are beginning your career, looking to change your career or desire an advanced degree, Passan School of Nursing is the place for you. Our school has a strong commitment to the professional practice of nursing. Faculty and staff are dedicated and resourceful providing students with personalized attention.

Programs & Resources

Wilkes offers three undergraduate and five graduate programs in nursing.

My favorite thing about Wilkes is the people I met here, whether they were students, professors, coaches or other staff members. Everyone works so hard to make sure the students are well taken care of, well educated and safe.

Celine Podlesney '20 | Nursing major and softball student-athlete

The Passan School of Nursing has instilled in me the leadership qualities and nursing skills needed for me to begin my career, and I could not be more thankful.

Megan Kramer '19 | Nursing major

Mission, Vision and Accreditation

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.

*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 Ohio residents: The online graduate programs within the Wilkes University Passan School of Nursing are authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to offer programs with on-ground experiences or are exempt from authorization by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Clinical Simulation Center Builds Hands-On Skills

Hands-on learning activities in Wilkes’ Clinical Nursing Simulation Center help students build on knowledge they gain in the classroom. High- and low-fidelity manikins talk and move to simulate real patient interactions.

gain hands-on experience at the simulation center