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Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Nurse Practitioner


Preparing You To Excel

Our 100% online (excluding clinicals and residencies) RN to MSN program* is for registered nurses with an associate degree who want to achieve their MSN degree and become nurse practitioners. The program focuses on the advanced clinical skills that are in high demand, professionalism, and evidence-based practice for improved patient outcomes. We offer three concentrations to give you the opportunity to align your education with your career goals: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Psychiatric/Mental Health.

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

*A pass-through bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is not granted as part of the RN to MSN program.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Associate degree in nursing (ADN with a 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
  • Check state authorization

Note: One year of RN clinical experience is required by the start of NP clinical courses (typically in Year 2 of the program).

These admissions requirements 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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Quality Education Within Reach

Wilkes University prides itself on providing quality education to all who are willing, regardless of their socioeconomic, ethnic or religious background. You’ll find our competitively priced tuition and caliber of faculty hard to beat — save $10k by enrolling in our RN to MSN program as compared to first getting your bachelor's and then your master's in nursing. Your return on investment is looking good!

Traditional Route
Wilkes University Online
Traditional Route

RN to Bachelor's
in Nursing


Total program cost

Time to complete
14 months


Traditional Route



Total program cost

Time to complete
30 months

Total cost: $49,100

Total time to complete: 44 months


Wilkes University Online



Total program cost

Time to complete
36 months

Save $10K on tuition

Graduate almost 7 months sooner

Source: Proprietary research
Note: A pass-through bachelor's degree is not granted as part of the RN-MSN program.

Clinical Placement And Support

Our Clinical Placement Team provides proactive support and assistance. Securing a clinical site takes a lot of work; there’s no way around it, except at Wilkes. And there’s more:

  • You’ll also have a dedicated student success counselor to help you from enrollment through to graduation.
  • These resources are offered at no additional charge and are built into the program.
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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 (