Admissions

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.

Admission to our program, and most nursing programs, has become extremely competitive with more students than available seats. To aid in the decision making process we are instituting the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test as part of our admissions process.  See attached insert –  Teas Test insert

Traditional Option

Students enter annually as a freshman and complete three trimesters.

High School Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma/GED (High school seniors may apply prior to their actual graduation)
  • *Completion of either Biology or Anatomy & Physiology I, The course must be completed within five (5) years of application deadline and a final grade of “C” or higher achieved

Traditional Student Admission Requirements (graduated high school/ GED greater than five years ago)

  • High school diploma/GED (High school seniors may apply prior to their actual graduation)
  • *Completion of either Biology or Anatomy & Physiology I, The course must be completed within five (5) years of application deadline and a final grade of “C” or higher achieved
Second Trimester Admission

Students enter annually as a sophomore and complete two trimesters.

Admission Requirements (graduated high school/ GED greater than five years ago)

  • High school diploma/GED (High school seniors may apply prior to their actual graduation)
  • *Completion of either Biology or Anatomy & Physiology I, The course must be completed within five (5) years of application deadline and a final grade of “C” or higher achieved
  • And Nursing Fundamentals (from another nursing program) within 2 years of application with a final grade of C+ or higher

* These courses must be completed prior to the application deadline

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

Nursing is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. For admission and progression, the following core performance standards must be performed independently:  Core Performance Standards for Nursing Document

If you are unable to meet one or more of these standards without accommodations or modifications, you may request reasonable assistance from Disability Services. Through an interactive process, Disability Services will make a case by case determination. Recent documentation (within 3 years) is required.

How to Apply
  • All applicants are required to apply online at http://mswspn.com
  • For questions related to the admission process, please contact the Admissions Office at 315-787- 5403
  • Please note that enrollment in the program does not promise or guarantee employment to any student or graduate
  • Students are ranked by admission points. To review the Admission Point Ranking Sheet click on the links:
  • To review the General Education Course Description Sheet click the link: General Education Course Descriptions

Please send all documentation and transcripts to:

MSWSPN School Admissions Department
196 North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315-787-5403
Fax: 315-787-4275
Submit your admissions information request via this link:

Admissions Office

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