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We are available by phone at 315-787-4005 to answer your questions.

Information About MSWSPN

Finger Lakes Health is home to the Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing (MSWSPN), which offers an LPN certificate. We are one of only three hospital-based nursing programs in New York State. Founded in 1956, we have graduated over 1,800 nurses. MSWSPN offers a program that is conducive to the learner seeking a career as a license practical nurse. Students attend during the day, Monday – Friday for ten months. This 1080 clock hour program will lead to a Certificate of Practical Nursing.

Students in the program attend classes and start participating in clinical rotations in the first semester. This allows for immediate application of knowledge and skills obtained in the Classroom and Laboratory by caring for actual patients. Observational experiences may be conducted in Long Term Care, Medical surgical and a Ventilator Unit.

Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC), one of our educational partners, provides General Education (Liberal Arts) courses at both the Geneva and Canandaigua campuses. Full time matriculated students have the option of taking general education course through FLCC.

After graduation from MSWSPN students find our college level curriculum prepares them thoroughly to continue their education, including becoming RNs through our MSWSPN/FLHCON (1+1) program through Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Go to www.flhcon.edu for more information on the RN Program

We have knowledgeable and caring Faculty and professional Staff.  The School Faculty and Staff embody the Finger Lakes Health organizational values of:

                                                                    Exceptional care and service
                                                                    Acts of kindness
                                                                    Responsibility and respect

The Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing has a distinguished reputation throughout the Finger Lakes Region for the quality of our graduates. We focus on preparing students to join a workforce community of healthcare professionals who provide exemplary service and care to a diverse population. Our faculty and staff are innovative, creative and engaged in advancing the knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of health care.

Students are attracted to the program of study because of small classroom size, faculty to student ratios, and flexibility of the programs. All Applicants must apply via this website.

The school is located in Geneva, New York between Rochester, New York, and Syracuse, New York. The address is:

MSWSPN (Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing)

196 North Street, Geneva, NY  14456

Phone: (315) 787-4005 for general questions

Admission Questions: (315) 787-4005

Registrar/Billing questions: (315) 787-4008

Financial Aid Questions: (315) 787-4614

Fax: (315) 787-4275


Have Questions: We are available by phone to help assist you during this time: 315-787-4005. Thank you for you interest in our program

Admissions Announcements

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 such as our RN program go to FLHCON.edu 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.

Required paperwork

Just a reminder that we no longer accept Nursing ABC credits. However, 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

Application Period for Fall 2021 Open on November 1st!

Application Period for Fall 2021 Opens November 1, 2020.

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