About the School

LPN Program

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Become part of the proud tradition established in 1956 by the Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing, graduating over 1,700 nurses.

The Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing is registered by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). As one of only three hospital-based practical nursing programs in the entire state of New York, students are assured that the education and clinical training they receive is first-rate. One strength of our program is that students earn college credit as well as gain invaluable clinical experience. All our instructors have Master of Science degrees in Nursing and have many years of nursing experience in various settings.

In addition to classroom instruction, our students are given over 490 hours of clinical experiences in acute and long-term care settings. Observational experiences may be conducted in Surgical Services, Diagnostics, the Dialysis Center, and the Child Care Center. There is also a rotation in home health care.

We offer a one-year program with 20 college credits for less than a $10,000 investment. Ninety percent of students receive some type of financial aid with 1:1 counseling from a financial aid advisor. The licensed practical nurse salary range in this region is $19,000-$30,400 per year.

Students earn 20 college credits in courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, English, and Psychology at Finger Lakes Community College. We also accept transfer credits. These courses prepare students for a challenging career ahead. Because of our college level curriculum, our graduates can continue their education to become RNs. Marion S. Whelan graduates who complete the Registered Nurse Programs have a 90-100% passing rate on the RN licensing exam. For more information on the school or if you have questions please  call (315) 787-5403. If you would like admission information click on the link to the right: Practical Nursing Admissions 

Physical Facilities

The Nursing School is located in an attractive modern building separate but adjacent to Geneva General Hospital. The building includes three classrooms, a 36 station computer room, a library, faculty offices, student lounge and kitchenette area. A state of the art nursing simulation lab and OR lab is located on the 2nd floor of the hospital.

Students may purchase meals at reduced rates in the hospital cafeteria. Security policies and procedures are in effect to ensure the safety of the students.

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) 787-5403

Fax: (315) 787-4275