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  • DeLisa M. Cofer, MSN, RN

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Widener's accelerated nursing program is for transfer and second degree transfer students who are seeking their BSN and do not have a RN license.

*If you already have, or are in the process of earning, an RN license and are interested in a BSN degree, please visit the RN-BSN program.

About the Program

The Accelerated Nursing Program for Transfer and Second Degree Students is available at Widener University's Main Campus in Chester, PA as well as in Harrisburg, PA.

  • Full-time enrollment for two academic years, including a full-time summer semester (five total academic semesters)
  • Classes on the Chester campus are offered on the weekdays starting at 3pm. Classes on the Harrisburg campus are offered during the day.
  • The flexible course delivery system offers convenient class times during the day as well as a variety of clinical and lab sessions available in both the day and evenings throughout the week and weekend.
  • View sample of the curriculum

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Admissions Information

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Virtual Information Sessions are designed for students interested in the Accelerated Nursing Program.Join now to learn about program, curriculum, and admission requirements. Registration is required.

Admissions Requirements

Chester, PA and Harrisburg, PA require a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA from all previous colleges/universities for admission consideration. In addition, students will be required to complete pre-requisite coursework. We will further examine the strength of science courses and the patterns of progress (limited withdrawals and repeats allowed).

  • The Harrisburg, PA program is for second degree students only and a completion of a bachelor's degree is required for acceptance.
  • Prerequisite and general education courses will be accepted as a block credit of 49 credits.
  • Transfer Students will only be accepted on the Chester, PA campus.
  • Please be advised that a student attending the Main Campus (Chester) cannot apply for another Widener major with the intention of eventually changing his/her major to Nursing. If a student intends to graduate with a nursing degree, the student must be admitted directly to the nursing major.

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 (80 minimum/26 minimum on the speaking section)
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (550 minimum)
  • TOEFL Computer-based test (213 minimum)
  • IELTS (6.5 overall band score)
  • *IETS (TOEFL) school code for Widener University is: 2642

* Second degree students are considered transfer students and will follow all outlined procedures on this webpage.


Pre-Requisite Coursework

Chester, PA Pre-Requisite Coursework:

Students need to have completed or be in the process of completing the pre-requisites prior to enrolling.  There may be a situation where one or two non-science courses could be taken during the first semester at Widener.

  • 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
  • Additional Social science elective
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Ethics course
  • Humanities Elective
  • - any philosophy, modern language, history, art history, English course
  • Additional Humanities Elective
    any philosophy, modern language, history, art history, English course


Harrisburg, PA Pre-Requisite Coursework

  • Chemistry (4 credits, including lab)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I*
  • Anatomy and Physiology II*
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
    * Anatomy and Physiology I & II must be completed less than 5 years from the time of the start of the spring semester.  If your Anatomy and physiology course is greater than 5 years old, you will be required to retake the course prior to your acceptance into the program


Transfer Evaluation

Every admitted transfer student will receive an official transcript evaluation. The Office of Transfer Admissions can perform unofficial transfer credit evaluations prior to submitting an application or a decision has been rendered.  However, priority is placed on submitted applications/admitted students.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in order for a course to be considered for transfer credit.  For Chester, PA – Main Campus students, see local community college course guides for easy pre-requisite course reference.

Application Process & Deadlines

  1. Complete a free online application. (When asked for application type, please select transfer)
  2. Submit official high school transcripts (unless an associate's or bachelor's degree has been earned) andofficial transcripts of all post-secondary institutions attended.

    Mail official transcripts to:
    Widener University, Office of Admissions
    1 University Place
    Chester, PA 19013
    Attn: Patricia Heckman, Transfer Specialist

    Or email official transcripts to: 

  3. Non-native English speaking applicants born outside of the United States (international applicants, immigrants to the U.S. and U.S. permanent residents) must submit official TOEFL scores taken within the past 2 years. ESL courses do not make an applicant exempt from taking the TOEFL exam. See Exemptions.
  4. A personal statement is optional. If a student has extenuating circumstances or has additional information to share with the Nursing Admissions Committee, a written personal statement is encouraged.
  5. 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.


  Chester, PA - Main Campus Harrisburg, PA Campus
Early Action/Conditional Admission Deadline November 1, 2018 N/A
Regular Action Deadline January 15, 2019 April 1, 2019
Final Action Deadline March 1, 2019 June 30, 2019

*Due to the competitive nature of the program, we reserve the right to change /adjust deadlines based on seat occupancy and availability.  Applications are considered complete when all official transcripts (including fall 2018 coursework) and application supporting materials have been received.

Decisions are rendered approximately 10 business days after all application supporting materials have been received.


Financial Aid


All applicants are automatically reviewed and considered for merit-based scholarships. A separate application is not required.  Award amounts are based on the student's cumulative GPA.  Scholarship amounts range from $11,000 to $19,500 per year.  Scholarship amounts are subject to change.

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society students are awarded an additional $1,000 per year scholarship award.  Proof of membership is required in order to qualify.

Tuition and Fees

Please visit our Tuition and Fees webpage for detailed information.

To be considered for need-based financial aid, all students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students applying to the accelerated nursing program should list Widener University School Code of 003313. Second degree students* must indicate their interest in pursuing a second degree on the FAFSA in order to better assess financing eligibility.


*A second degree student is someone who already earned/will earn a bachelor’s degree prior to starting the nursing program with Widener.