Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing Celebrates 84th Commencement with 7 Graduates

MSWSPN 2019 Graduates (left to right)
Mariah Rodriguez, Mikayla Stanley, Kathryn Bibbens,
Luisa Casper, Lisa Jordan, Ellen Reed

Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing Celebrates 84th Commencement

Geneva-The Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing (MSWSPN) celebrated the commencement of their 84th graduating class on June 20, 2019 at The Smith in Geneva. The class of six students is now eligible to take their Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) exam. Graduates include Kathryn Meighan Bibbens, Canandaigua; Luisa Casper, Port Byron; Lisa Jordan, Walworth; Ellen Reed, Shortsville; Mariah Rodriguez, Geneva and Mikayla Stanley, Red Creek.

Kathleen Mills, MS, RN Associate Professor welcomed students to the commencement ceremony and recognized the faculty for a job well done. Dr. Susan Carlson DNP, NPP, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, director of the Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing gave the Director’s Address. Ashley Anderson, RN Radiation Oncology Nurse at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic gave the keynote address and class president, Mikayla Stanley gave the class address.

Lance Ward, Chair, Finger Lakes Health Board of Trustees presented the diplomas and pins to the graduates.

Program Coordinator, Deanna Mills, MS, RN handed out special awards.

The Mary Breckinridge Award covers payment of the PN-NCLEX exam for an LPN Student who has worked diligently to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dream to enter the nursing profession.

Funding for this award is generously provided by Carl Belawske. Mary Breckinridge was a pioneer in rural healthcare. She founded the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) which provided healthcare delivered by nurses on horseback to the underserved population in the Appalachian Mountains. During the first two decades of operation, the FNS was able to significantly decrease the area’s infant and maternal mortality rates below the national average. It was through her determination to improve healthcare to the rural population where she lived that health disparities in rural health were brought to the national and international spotlight.  Ellen Reed was presented with this award.

The Practical Nurse Licensing and Examination Award, presented to Mikayla Stanley, was established by the MSWSPN Class of 2007 and supported by each subsequent graduating class.  This award is given to the graduate who exemplifies, through written illustration, the personal commitment and dedication needed to travel the journey that nursing school presents.

Kathryn Bibbens was recognized with the Fidelia Harmon Memorial Award for highest academic achievement in the nursing program.

Mikayla Stanley received the Marion S. Whelan Memorial Award, given to a graduate practical nurse who exemplifies the characteristics of dedication to nursing and self-discipline, which were such an important part of Miss Whelan’s life.

Photos from the event can be viewed on Flickr and accessed from Finger Lakes Health’s website at

The Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing, one of only three hospital-based nursing programs in New York State, was founded in 1956. Since that time, it has graduated over 1,600 nurses. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019 for their outstanding achievement.

2019 84th Graduating Class for Practical Nursing

Admissions Announcements

New Rollover Process

Please note as of June 1, 2019, we have a new rollover process

If you have applied to our school previously you are welcome to reapply but we will no longer keep any paperwork and you will be required to pay the $50.00 application fee along with resubmitting all necessary documents for admission

Applying to more than one program

If you are interested in applying to more than one program within the same term you will be required to fill out an application for each program

You will also be required to pay the fee of $50.00 for each application

Should you be accepted, the second application fee of $50 will be credited to your tuition

Required paperwork

Beginning with the Spring 2019 class those applicants accepted will be able to upload required documents in Empower using either pdf or jpg formats alleviating the need to mail in completed forms, though official transcripts will need to be sent to our offices o Further Information will be sent to the student with their acceptance letters

Just a reminder that we no longer accept Nursing ABC credits. Portage Learning credits are still accepted

Please pay close attention to deadlines for document submission. All documents must be in our offices at the close of business on the listed term close date. If it is not received by then we cannot consider those documents in determining your eligibility

MSWSPN Graduates 83rd Class with 17 Graduates for 2018

MSWSPN Graduates 83rd Class with 17 Graduates

The Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing celebrated the commencement of its 83nd graduating class on August 2, 2018. The 17 graduates are now eligible to take their Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) exam.  The graduates are: Chelsea Betts, Ashley Barr, Claudia Coleates, Irene DeRoo, Catie Estep, Kirsten Henry, Ashley Luna, Chelsea McConnon, Morgana Morgan, Irene Mwiti, Allison Osipovitch, Amanda Ranieri, Sarah VanDeMortel, Li Ling Wang, Tanya Wetherwax, Catherine Woodard, and Katelyn Zufelt. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

June 20th 2019 the 84th Class will hold their Graduation

The 84th Graduating Class of 2019 is on June 20, 2019

Application Period for Fall 2019 is now closed. Application Period for Fall 2020 opens on November 1, 2019.

The application period for Fall of 2019 is now closed. Classes begin the last week of August 2019.  Application Period for Fall 2020 Opens November 1, 2019.

Application for the Fall 2019 PN program is now Closed. Decision letters will be sent out the first week of March.