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Why enroll in a BSN program in nursing?

Nursing is the nation’s fastest-growing profession, with an anticipated one million openings – an increase of 24 percent predicted by 2016, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections. Studying nursing provides a path to a rewarding career in the growing field of health care. With many hospitals awarded Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice seek BSN-prepared nurses to preserve high quality care.

What is the time commitment to attend the prelicensure undergraduate BSN program?

The prelicensure undergraduate BSN program is a full-time program that takes four years (eight semesters) to complete if a student enters as a freshman. Students attend classes and clinical each fall and spring semester. Students can expect to be in class or clinical five days per week with some opportunities for weekend or evening clinical. The accelerated evening and weekend program is a full time program that can be completed in 18 months. Classes, labs and clinical meet Tuesday through Saturday evenings. We do not have a part time or LPN bridge program.

Can I transfer in credits? From which schools does Widener University accept transfer credits?

Widener University accepts transfer credits from a number of colleges and universities. See a list of the schools. 

Do students need a computer for the program?

Students are required to have a laptop computer in freshman year with the following requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or higher. Mac: Running 10.9 (Maverick) or later
  • Internet Explorer 8 or greater or Firefox.
  • WIFI enabled
  • A fully charged battery and plug
  • A Netbook/ Tablet (i.e. Chromebook; iPad) is NOT acceptable as substitute for laptop

What is the Widener University School of Nursing NCLEX pass rate?

National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) Pass Rate is 86.30% for the year from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. Click here to see a list of the NCLEX pass rates by school in the state of Pennsylvania.

What skills and abilities do I need to be a nurse?

There are essential functions that students must be able to perform to ensure the health and safety of the students, patients, fellow students, faculty, and other health care providers. The essential functions are defined as those skills and competencies that all BSN students at Widener University must have the capacity to demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations. Download the Essential Functions for Nursing Practice [pdf, 210k].

Do transfer students need to complete their current courses before applying to the nursing program?

Transfer students can apply while they are currently in progress with classes at another institution. Once accepted to Widener University, students must submit a copy of their official transcript and must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA to remain in good standing.

Can a student be an athlete and complete the nursing program?

The School of Nursing supports student athletes and will work with the student, athletics department, and the registrar to obtain the optimal schedule.

What is the student-to-faculty ratio?

In the laboratory and clinical rotations, the student-to-faculty ratio is 8-to-1. This provides an intimate and personal learning experience to apply the information learned in the classroom setting.

Can nursing students participate in study away?

Widener University provides rich opportunities for students to study away during the summer and semester breaks. Click here for more information.

Does Widener University accept Advanced Placement credits?

Students who have completed an Advanced Placement course in high school and who have taken the corresponding AP exam may receive college credit at Widener. Click here for more details.

How do I apply for the Nurses Educated Together (NET) program?

Once you are accepted as an incoming freshman, you will apply for the NET living and learning community through residence life. Applications are due April 30. If you are interested in the Commuter Net program, contact Assistant Dean Linda O’Kane at for an application. 

What is the time commitment to attend the accelerated BSN program?

The accelerated undergraduate prelicensure program is a full time program that takes 5 continuous semesters to complete. Students attend classes and clinical each fall, spring and summer and can complete the program in as little as 18 months. Students can expect to be in class and clinical Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

What course work must be completed prior to starting the accelerated BSN program?

Students must have completed all of the general education and nursing specific pre-requisite courses prior to starting the accelerated BSN program. The list of pre-requisite courses can be found at the transfer nursing admissions page.