Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Wilkes University is a private institution in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1933 as a satellite campus for Bucknell University and became independent in 1947. In 1990, it received university status and its current name. The campus is in downtown Wilkes-Barre and includes eight academic buildings and nine administrative buildings. The buildings are closely grouped, with most of the buildings located on a single city block, making it easier for students to navigate the campus. Wilkes University offers over a dozen graduate programs a variety of undergraduate majors. The academic programs are offered through seven schools and colleges, including the Passan School of Nursing.

Wilkes University Passan School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs. The undergraduate programs include BSN, accelerated BSN, LPN to BSN, and RN to BSN. Students with a BSN may enroll in the accelerated MSN or standard MSN program. The university also offers an RN to MSN program and a DNP program. These programs are accredited by the CCNE and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurse Examiners. Students enrolled in the accelerated or traditional BSN programs receive training at clinical sites in the area. The university maintains partnerships with hospitals and agencies throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. However, students have to arrange their own transportation. 


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated MSN
  3. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP)
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. LPN to BSN
  7. RN to BSN
  8. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 70
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 15
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 19

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Wilkes University

Misericordia University
8.22 miles away
University of Scranton
16.45 miles away
Marywood University
18.69 miles away
Cedar Crest College
49.24 miles away
Moravian College
49.88 miles away
DeSales University
55.41 miles away
Alvernia University
64.47 miles away
Elmira College
75.54 miles away
Gwynedd Mercy University
79.81 miles away
College of Saint Elizabeth
82.11 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1937 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
10/07/2014 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/14/1998 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/14/1998 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading445 to 550
SAT: Math450 to 580
SAT: Writing440 to 550
ACT Composite20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$20,287
30k to 48k$20,593
48k to 75k$22,838
75k to 110k$26,295
Over 110k$30,515
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $959.00 $959.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,004.00 $1,004.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing
Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

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