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  • School of Nursing
    Main Campus

  • Harrisburg Campus

    • 3800 Vartan Way
    • Harrisburg, PA 17110-9742
    • tel: 717-541-1947

Accelerated Graduate Options, Nursing

The Widener School of Nursing can put you on the fast track to reaching the pinnacle of nursing education.

RN to MSN 

Registered nurses holding a bachelor’s degree in another field of study are eligible to apply to the master of science in nursing (MSN) program. Registered nurse applicants must hold a license to practice in the state of Pennsylvania.

MSN to PhD

The accelerated master of science in nursing/doctor of philosophy (MSN to PhD) prepares nurses for advanced practice and educational leadership roles at a quicker pace than the separate degree programs. Traditionally, both programs would take about nine years. The average accelerated MSN to PhD student obtains both degrees in six years.

Graduates will provide leadership as practitioners, educators, and scholars in support of evidence-based practice for nursing, health care, and education.

Post-Baccalaureate RN to DNP

The post-baccalaureate RN to DNP prepared Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) CRNP and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist students are prepared to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based disease management care and/or to organize multiple chronic conditions care for individuals and populations.