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) 787-5403
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
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 (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.
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
The application period for Fall of 2020 is now closed. Classes begin the last week of August 2020. Application Period for Fall 2021 Opens November 1, 2020.