Transfer Nursing

Important Updates

Fall 2017 application cycle for the Accelerated Nursing program is now closed. Application review for the fall 2018 semester will begin in mid-January 2018. Applications will be considered complete when all official transcripts (including fall 2017 coursework) are received. 

Widener University is pleased to offer an ACCELERATED NURSING PROGRAM for transfer students who are seeking their BSN and do not have a RN license. Students who have completed (or are in the process of completing) all pre-requisite courses will be considered for this program.

  • Students who have not completed the pre-requisite courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis for entry into the traditional nursing program. The opportunities for admission to those who do not have the pre-requisite courses completed will be extremely limited and competitive.
  • Students who have a RN license and are seeking their BSN degree,please visit the RN-BSN program webpage.

Timeline for Accelerated Program

  • The accelerated program will begin in the fall semester of each year only.
  • Students should apply early in the spring semester prior to targeted entry.
  • The program will require full-time enrollment for two academic years, with a full-time summer term in the middle.  For example, those entering in fall 2017 will be full time for the following terms: fall 2017, spring 2018, summer 2018, fall 2018, spring 2019. Students will graduate with a BSN in May 2019.
  • Courses and clinicals will be offered during the evenings and weekends. Students will need to have flexibility in their schedules.

Application Process for the Accelerated Program:

  • Students should submit the free online application.
  • Second degree students are considered transfer students and will follow all outlined procedures on this website.
  • An official transcript from all colleges/universities attended are required. 
  • Students who have previously been enrolled in another nursing program are required to submit a letter of good standing from a faculty administrator in that program.

Admissions Requirements for the Accelerated Program:

  •  A 3.0 cumulative GPA from all previous colleges/universities will be required for admission consideration.  However, the faculty will further examine the strength of science courses and the patterns of progress (limited withdrawals and repeats). The accelerated program is academically rigorous and we want to ensure students demonstrate the necessary ability to be successful.
  • Students must have the pre-requisite courses completed (or in the process of completing) before the fall start. 
  • Non-native English speaking applicants born outside the United States (international applicants, immigrants to the U.S., and U.S. permanent residents) are required to submit the results of a test of English proficiency (Exemptions). Accepted tests and requirements are as follows: TOEFL Internet-based test (75 minimum/ 26 minimum on the speaking section) Widener Standardized test code: 2642, TOEFL Paper-based test (540 minimum), or the IELTS (6.5 overall band score).

Prerequisite Courses

  • Chemistry (4 credits, including lab)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • English I
  • English II
  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Psychology or Sociology - elective at the 200 level
  • Social science elective
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Ethics course

  • Humanities Elective - any philosophy, modern language, history, art history, English
  • Humanities Elective - any philosophy, modern language, history, art history, English

For students currently attending a local community college, we have developed community college course guides to provide self-guidance on pre-requisite course equivalents. 

Transfer Credits

Every admitted transfer student will receive an official transcript evaluation. Students seeking an evaluation of credits before application and admission may submit a list of courses and course descriptions for unofficial review; however, it is important to note that the priority of the Office of Admissions is placed on admitted students and will only be able to perform unofficial evaluations as time permits.

Students can obtain a general sense of how their courses will transfer by comparing them to the nursing curriculum. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in order for a course to be considered for transfer credit.


All transfer nursing applications are reviewed for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships range from $9,500/year to $17,000/year.


Interested in earning a degree online? Visit Widener's online RN-BSN program webpage.