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Advance Your Career with In-Demand Skills

At Wilkes University, you can advance your career from registered nurse to nurse practitioner in as little as two years with our online MSN-NP program. Depending on your career goals, you can specialize in one of three concentrations:

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

The online MSN-NP program focuses on advanced clinical skills in high demand and evidence-based practice for improved patient outcomes. Coursework is asynchronous and 100% online. Clinical rotations hone your skills with actual patients in the real world.

Our integrated exam preparation courses provide dedicated study resources that lead to impressive pass rates and graduate success. Wilkes' nursing students have pass rates on board-certification exams consistently above the national average.

Once enrolled, we connect you with a dedicated Student Success Counselor who helps navigate your educational journey through to graduation and ensures you have the resources you need to succeed in the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on the following criteria.

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing (3.0 GPA) with official transcripts from an institution with programmatic (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) and regional accreditation*
  • A current unencumbered RN license; APRN license if appropriate**
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • One year of RN clinical experience (by the start of NP clinical courses).
  • Check state authorization

These admissions standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for programs. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates as needed for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

Transfer Credits: All graduate programs will allow 9 total transfer credits (must be a 3.0 or higher).

* 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.

** 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.

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2024

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Save Time & Money

Wilkes University offers one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to become a nurse practitioner, especially in contrast to national competitors. Our tuition is only $729 per credit hour. Depending on which MSN-NP concentration you choose, the total tuition cost ranges from $22,599 to $31,347. Moreover, we offer several forms of financial aid to qualifying nursing students. To learn more about financial aid options, access your free program guide.

See how Wilkes compares to other online MSN-NP degrees in the table below.

Compare Programs Wilkes
Total Tuition $22,599 -
$43,500 -
$44,010 -
$68,670 -
$55,588 -
Months to Complete 24 - 28 24 - 36 30 - 36 36 33 - 36
Number of Credits 40 - 43 58 - 63 45 - 47 42 - 44 52 - 56
Clinical Hours 500 - 584 640 650 - 750 550 - 700 640 - 720

Source: Proprietary research
*Includes $12,960-$13,485 in fees

Clinical Placement Support

If you’re ready to advance your career as a nurse practitioner, we’re here to help. Clinical placement support is built into the program's cost so you can focus on your coursework and the core competencies you need to succeed. Our dedicated clinical placement team assists with the time-consuming logistics of identifying and securing quality placement sites and preceptors and ensures the rotations meet University and national guidelines. While we work diligently to place all our students, circumstances beyond our control do not guarantee placement.

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* 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 (