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 LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students5,545|
|Student to Faculty Ratio13:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||3||27|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1040 to 1220|
|ACT||21 to 26|
|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|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$996/credit|
|In State Students||$996/credit|
|Out of State Students||$996/credit|
|In District Students||$1,044/credit|
|In State Students||$1,044/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,044/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of Wilkes University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||7%||$831|
|State Grant & Scholarships||48%||$3,689|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||95%||$18,484|
|Federal Student Loans||80%||$5,584|
$26,312Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$22,117|
|$30,001 to $48,000$22,366|
|$48,001 to $75,000$25,372|
|$75,001 to $110,000$26,241|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.