Sep 29, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

Nursing, M.S.N.


The distance education Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program at Wilkes University is designed to prepare the Nurse Practitioner for advancing nursing practice and quality within healthcare. The program provides a foundation to further advancement of professional nursing education for a doctoral degree in nursing and post graduate/APRN certificate program. Graduates are eligible for national board certification upon program completion of the respective concentration.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Wilkes University prepares students to:

  1. Engage in lifelong learning in a constantly evolving and multicultural world.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the development of scientific inquiry relevant to clinical practice, administration, or education.
  3. Utilize leadership strategies that foster improvement of patient and population health.
  4. Advance nursing practice by translating evidence in a variety of roles and areas of practice.
  5. Improve healthcare outcomes through interprofessional collaboration.
  6. Participate in lifelong learning as a part of advancing nursing practice.

Master of Science in Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Master of Science in Nursing program at Wilkes University will:

  1. Synthesize advanced knowledge of nursing and related disciplines for the development of advanced nursing practice in the roles of the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive, and Nurse Educator.
  2. Develop expertise in the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive, and Nurse Educator role to advance nursing practice.
  3. Develop skills and abilities to assume leadership roles in advanced nursing practice.
  4. Evaluate nursing research for its applicability to advance nursing practice.
  5. Evaluate applicable knowledge and concepts in nursing to deal with the complexities of a dynamic society.

Admission Requirements

Nurse Practitioner Programs

  • A completed online application.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • An overall 3.0 GPA in nursing courses.
  • Official transcripts with showing appropriate degree completion (Associate degree for RN-MSN, BS in Nursing for MSN) from an institution with programmatic (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) and regional 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.
  • *A current, unencumbered RN license.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • One year of RN clinical experience (by the start of NP clinical courses).
  • *Applications presenting a history of disciplinary action on professional licenses will be subject to an additional review process by the Special Licensure Discrepancy Committee of the University.




Nurse Practitioner Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Nurse Practitioner program at Wilkes University will:

  1. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge in providing comprehensive, evidence-based care.
  2. Perform comprehensive health history and physical examination to diagnose health conditions involving critical analysis, differential diagnosis, and data interpretation.
  3. Assume leadership roles in collaboration with other health professionals to achieve optimum patient health.
  4. Integrate health care policy as it impacts the decision-making ability to provide quality patient care.
  5. Negotiate healthcare delivery systems to promote quality health outcomes for individuals, communities, and organizational systems.
  6. Coordinate care for patients with complex conditions through referrals and collaboration.
  7. Participate in life-long learning through higher education, continuing education, certification and evaluation.

Clinical Requirements

Further details of clinical requirements for each concentration area are provided to students in The Passan School of Nursing Graduate Program Student Handbook.