About Us

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 beneficial to the learner seeking a career as a license practical nurse. Students attend during the day, Monday – Friday for ten months. This is a 1080 clock hour program and when students graduate, they receive a Certificate of Practical Nursing and are fully prepared to take their NCLEX exam for licensure.

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 courses 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 at Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing & Health Sciences also located on the same campus.

Our faculty and staff are innovative, creative and engaged in advancing the knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of health care. The School’s 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.

Students are attracted to the program of study because of small classroom size, faculty to student ratios, and flexibility of the programs. 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

Click on the link for a Brochure about the Nursing Programs here at Finger Lakes Health: 

FLHCON & MSWSPN Information Guides 2021

Registrar/Bursar & Admissions questions: (315) 787-4008

Financial Aid questions: (315) 787-4614

Fax: (315) 787-4275

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