School of Nursing
School of Nursing
Nursing is transforming the future of health care in the United States.
As demand for health care services increases throughout the nation, nurses will take on greater responsibility in delivering care to patients and populations. Widener’s School of Nursing is meeting that challenge by preparing nurses who are committed to community engagement and high-quality, safe, evidence-based, and culturally competent nursing practice to reduce disparities and improve outcomes of care.
The School of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs to serve the needs of nurses at all stages of their careers:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for preparation of new RNs
- RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN for currently licensed RNs
- Master of Science in Nursing degree with specialization as a Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator or Executive Nurse Leader
- Doctor of Nursing Practice degree for the highest level of advanced practice nursing
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree for preparation of nurse educators and scholars
Classes are taught by expert practitioners who bring extensive experience as clinicians, educators, and scholars. Coursework focuses on individual students’ learning styles, and faculty members provide dynamic learning experiences to make the material come alive. The school offers an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio for undergraduate nursing laboratory and clinical experiences in a supportive environment that prepares graduates for career success. Undergraduates with high scholastic achievement may participate in the Nursing Honors Program.
Nursing students learn to apply theory obtained in the classroom in a variety of settings. Students are involved in real-world situations in the state-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Computerized Testing. Clinical experiences are available through community agencies, including the school's very own clinic, as well as hospitals throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Service learning, an important component in many undergraduate and graduate courses, provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with people in the community to meet an identified need.
With the exception of the traditional BSN program, Widener allows part-time study with nursing degree offerings. The RN-to-BSN is completely online, allowing working students to access classes at a time most convenient for them through use of Internet-based learning technologies. Many of the master’s courses and all of the DNP courses are offered in a hybrid format, blending on-campus meetings on the Harrisburg or Chester campuses with Internet-based technologies. The Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner program is offered on both the Harrisburg and Chester campuses.