Accelerated Nursing Program
With a tradition that started in 1966 Widener’s School of Nursing is 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.
ACCELERATED NURSING PROGRAM is for 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 a RN license and are interested in a BSN degree, please visit the RN-BSN program webpage.
Why Widener Nursing?
- Widener University was recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center for Advancing the Science of Nursing Education. Only five institutions in the country carry this prestigious award!
- State-of-the-Art Facilities - Founders Hall is a new academic building housing the Center for Simulation and Computerized Testing that offers students the opportunity to learn hands-on about trauma, intensive care, birthing, pediatrics, and home care.
- Distinguished nursing faculty who not only are doing the research that advances the science of nursing education, but they are practicing it every day. We take great pride in offering personalized attention: each student is assigned a nursing faculty mentor to assist with ensuring successful navigation through the nursing program and career.
- NCLEX pass rate of our students for 2016 is 85.82 %.
- Nationally recognized student leadership represented at the student nurses’ association
meetings. Our graduates presented resolutions, voted on bylaws, ran for state and
national leadership positions.
About our program:
In order to earn the BSN degree, students are enrolled full time for two academic years- a total of five academic semesters. Please see a sample of the curriculum here.
Timeline and Schedule:
- Fall intake only
- Full-time enrollment for two academic years. This includes a full time summer semester.
- Classes offered- on the weekdays from 4-8PM.
- Clinicals: weekdays 3-10PM and/or weekends days.
Admission Requirements and Pre-requisites:
A 3.00 cumulative GPA from all previous colleges/universities will be required for admission consideration. Additionally, we will further examine the strength of science courses and the patterns of progress (limited withdrawals and repeats allowed). Science course must have been taken no longer than five years from the date the application has been submitted.
Please be advised that a student 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).
- *ETS (TOEFL) school code for Widener University is: 2642
*Second degree students are considered transfer students and will follow all outlined procedures on this webpage.
- Chemistry (4 credits, including lab)
- Anatomy and Physiology I
- Anatomy and Physiology II
- English I
- English II
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology
- Psychology or Sociology Elective at the 200 level
- Additional Social science elective
- 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
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.
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. See local community college course guides for easy pre-requisite course reference.
- Apply for free here.
- Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary institutions attended.
Mail official transcripts to
Widener University, Office of Admissions
1 University Place, Chester, PA 19013
Send official transcripts to:
Attn: Patricia Heckman, Transfer Specialist
Or email official transcripts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Non-native English speaking applicants born outside 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 one exempt from taking the TOEFL exam. Exemptions to this policy can be found on the website.
- 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.
- 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.
We are now accepting Fall 2018 applications. Submit your free application here.
Early Action/Conditional Admission Deadline: November 1st
Regular Action Deadline: January 15th
Final Action Deadline: March 1st
*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 2017 coursework) and application supporting materials have been received.
Decisions are rendered approximately 10 business days after all application supporting materials have been received.
All transfer applicants are automatically reviewed for merit based scholarships. A separate application is not required. Award amounts are based on the student’s cumulative GPA. Scholarship amounts range from $9,500 to $17,000 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 Financial Aid:
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). Widener’s school code is: 003313
Please refer to the Office of Residence Life for detailed information regarding housing options. Widener’s residence halls range from traditional, double-person rooms to apartments, suite-style living arrangements, and small themed houses.
Widener University’s nursing program can be the foundation for careers as: staff nurse in a hospital, long-term care facility, or outpatient care; nursing educator, case management, legal nurse consultant, school nurse, home care nurse, claims adjuster, etc.
Find more information about potential careers on the Discover Nursing website
Our nurses earn positions within some of the largest healthcare employers of the region and beyond, such as: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Devereaux, Einstein Medical Center, Hospital of the University of Philadelphia, Main Line Health System, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Crozer Keystone Health System.
When does the program start? The program begins each fall semester, with classes starting the last week of August.
Why is this considered an accelerated program? Students are expected to transfer in all pre-requisite courses, and earn Widener’s BSN degree in 5 semesters.
Is this a part time program? No, this is a full time program, with classes offered at night and over the weekend.
When are classes offered? Classes are offered during weekdays, between 4-8pm and clinicals are during weekdays or weekend days between 3-10pm.
How many semesters does the program include? How many credits? This is a 5 semester program, with a total of 73 credits that need completed at Widener.
Can I work full time while attending the Accelerated Nursing program? No, we do not recommend working more than 12 hours a week due to the demanding nature of the program.
What is the degree I earn after completion?Is this an accredited program? You will graduate with a BSN degree. Yes, Widener’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education and Pennsylvania Board of Nurse Examiners
How much does the program cost? Please see the Tuition and Fee section of the webpage. Keep in mind this is a 5 semester program.
Do I have to live on campus and if so, at what cost? Some students choose to live on campus. Majority of nursing students in this program are commuters. See room and board information under Tuition and Fees section of the website.
Where are classes for the program scheduled to take place? How about clinicals? Classes are held on weekdays from 4-8pm and clinicals on weekdays between 3-10pm and/or weekends.
Can I schedule an appointment with an advisor to talk about the program? Please contact the admissions office at: 610-499-4126 or email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Do I need to be an RN/LPN? No, certifications are not required for admission into the Accelerated Nursing program. RN certified students can apply to the online RN-BSN program.
Does the program require an admission test? No, admission test is not required.
Can I enroll in pre-requisite courses at Widener? No, all pre-requisite courses must be completed outside of Widener University. Students cannot seek admission into other majors with the intention to transfer into the nursing program.
Can I take the pre-requisite courses online? Non science pre-requisite courses can be taken online, within accredited institutions. All science courses need to include the laboratory section and must be completed in in-class format.
How long ago can the science pre-requisite courses be taken? Courses need to have been taken within a 5 year time frame.
I am a Widener Alum, do I need to request transcripts from Widener? No you do not need to request official transcript from Widener to be forwarded to our Admission Office. We can access your records internally.
Is an interview required as part of the application process? An interview is not usually part of the admission process. However, it is at the Admissions Committee’s discretion to request an interview if they find it needed. The interview can be via phone, skype or in person.
I am an international student, do I need to take a TOEFL if I took courses in the U.S.? Non-native English speaking applicants born outside the United States (international applicants, immigrants to the U.S. and U.S. permanent residents) must submit official TOEFL scores taken withinthe past 2 years. ESL courses do not make one exempt from taking the TOEFL exam. Exemptions to this policy can be found on the website. Second-degree students, who earned their bachelor degree in the U. S. are exempt from TOEFL. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to interview candidates for English Proficiency for TOEFL waiving purposes on a case-by-case basis.
Office of Admissions
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013-5792