Only the states listed below are authorized for Wilkes' graduate online nursing programs:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington DC
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Advance Your Career with Quality Online Education

Do you want to take your nursing career further and expand your quality of care? Wilkes University is proud to offer a fast and affordable online Post-Graduate/Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certificate program so that you can do more for patients in less time. Build on your graduate education and specialize your skills in one of three nurse practitioner (NP) concentrations:

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

Our post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate strengthens your theoretical and practical skills through 100% online, asynchronous curriculum and conveniently located clinical rotations. In as little as 12 months, you can gain an advanced certification to increase your understanding and job opportunities.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing (3.0 GPA) with official transcripts from an institution with programmatic (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) and regional accreditation*
  • A minimum grade of 3.0 for gap analysis courses only
  • A current unencumbered RN license; APRN license if appropriate**
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • 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: Potential transfer course grades must be a grade of B (3.0) or better.

*Students seeking to transfer courses from another institution may be requested to produce a course syllabus and coursework so that a final determination can be made.

* 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 enhance your graduate education, especially in contrast to national competitors. Our tuition is only $729 per credit hour. Depending on which post-graduate APRN certificate concentration you choose, the total tuition cost ranges from $10,206 to $21,870. 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 post-graduate APRN certificates in the table below.

Compare Programs Wilkes University Regis College Maryville University Duquesne University
Total Tuition & Fees $10,206 -
$30,690 -
$23,577 -
$53,955 -
Number of Credits 27 - 30 31 - 40 29 - 38 33 - 35
Clinical Hours 500 - 584 664 580 - 745 550 - 750
Months to Complete 12 - 18 20 - 24 24 - 32 30
Starts Per Year 3 3 6 3

Source: Proprietary research

Why Wilkes University?

For over 40 years, the Passan School of Nursing at Wilkes has been recognized and respected in nursing. Our dedicated faculty and staff will connect and support you from enrollment through graduation, giving you the confidence you need to elevate your career. During the program* and upon graduation, Wilkes nurses have found success at leading healthcare providers, including:

  • Geisinger
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • St. Luke’s Health Network

*While we work diligently to support all students, we cannot 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 (