Wilkes University

School of Nursing - FAQs

Below you will find commonly asked questions from prospective students about the Wilkes Passan School of Nursing online RN to M.S.N., M.S.N., D.N.P., Ph.D., and post-graduate/APRN certificate programs.

Q: Do I need to be a licensed Registered Nurse?
A: Yes, you will need to have licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Q: I'm working full time. Do I need to take time off to complete my online nursing program?
A: No. That's one of the advantages of the online nursing programs from Wilkes. The majority of our students are working full time. Our fully online programs allow you to complete coursework when and where it's most convenient for you, wherever you connect to the Internet.

Q: I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the program?
A: The online "classroom" is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and therefore works around your schedule on when you can meet course timelines for assignment submissions. Students tell us the average time spent working in a course is 15-20 hours a week for a master's degree, which includes reading, posting on the online discussion boards and completing specific assignments. Doctoral degrees may require greater than 20 hours a week.

Q: I am worried that I will not be able to learn online. How does online learning work?
A: Many students have the same concern. There will be some adjustments needed in comparison to traditional face to face classroom learning; however, Wilkes University offers outstanding support. As a student, you will have Technical Support, an online orientation, and advisors. After about two weeks, students tell us they are very comfortable with the online format and enjoy the benefits and flexibility of online education.

Q: Should I wait to work towards my nursing degree or certificate?
A: It depends. If you are waiting for life to slow down, the answer is no because that never happens. Just remember, life goes by whether you are in school or not. Earning your nursing degree or certificate and advancing your career needs to be a priority. Investing in yourself is the best return on investment you can receive!

Q: I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?
A: Yes, the classroom is a very user-friendly format, and within a couple weeks you will be very comfortable with accessing the various features required.

Q: Do you accept transfer credits from other universities?
A: A maximum of 12 credits may be applied to the DNP and PhD degree. A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the RN to M.S.N. and master's programs. Transfer credits must match existing credits contained in the scope of the programs at Wilkes. Course descriptions will be reviewed to determine compatibility with existing Wilkes courses. Students may be required to submit course syllabi in cases in which the course descriptions are inconclusive. The Chair of the Graduate Nursing Program makes the final determination regarding transfer credits.