84th Class of 2019 MSWSPN Graduates (left to right)
Mariah Rodriguez, Mikayla Stanley, Kathryn Bibbens,
Luisa Casper, Lisa Jordan, Ellen Reed

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. 

Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing (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 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/FLCON (1+1) 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. Applicants can apply via this website.


MSWSPN – Student Admissions Department

196 North Street

Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 787-5403

Fax: (315) 787-4275

Again, thank you for your interest in our school. Please call us at (315) 787-5403 if you have additional questions. 

2019 84th Graduating Class for Practical Nursing

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!

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 (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 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.