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Thank you for your interest in the Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing. Our program is a one-year practical nursing program and the graduates are eligible to sit for the licensing exam for practical nurses.

Applications are accepted from October 1 – March 1 for September admission and May 1 – September 1 for January admission. To obtain information or apply online, go to   For questions about the admission process, contact the Office of Student Services at 315-787-4005.

In order to be considered for acceptance into the practical nursing program, you must have successfully completed a course in Biology with a final grade of “C” or better within five years of application to our program.  You may take a biology class through FLCC or another college to meet this requirement. This course is also offered through distance education programs such as NursingABC ( You also need to have a high school diploma or a GED. High school seniors may apply prior to their actual graduation date.

All applications must be submitted online. Acknowledgement of receipt of online application will be sent from the School of Nursing via email. Online applications must be completed and submitted with payment of the required application fee. All supporting documentation (high school / GED official transcript, proof of completion of biology requirement) must be received by the School of Nursing by the stated application deadline.

All accepted applicants must also be certified in Basic Life Support. Proof of certification must be received by the School of Nursing prior to the first day of the program.

If you are planning on continuing to a Registered Nursing program, you will also need to complete a chemistry course.

If you have not completed English I with three college credits, you will be required to take Freshman English I. You will need to take a Pre-Placement Test (at no charge to you) prior to registering for the course. Please call the FLCC Extension Center at (315) 789-6701 to make arrangements to take the test.                                                                        

Again, thank you for your interest in our school. Please call us at (315) 787-4005 for assistance with your individual plan for taking classes.

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