Information About MSWSPN

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 beneficial to the learner seeking a career as a license practical nurse. Students attend during the day, Monday – Friday for ten months. This PN program is a 1080 clock-hour program awarding graduates with a Certificate of Practical Nursing and graduates 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.

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 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 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) 787-4278

Registrar/Billing questions: (315) 787-4008

Financial Aid Questions: (315) 787-4614

Fax: (315) 787-4275