Transfer Nursing

Important Updates as of December 7, 2015

  • The spring 2016 transfer review process is concluding.
  • The fall 2016 review process will begin in late January 2016. At that time, in order for your application to be complete, we will need all up-to-date official college transcripts, including final fall 2015 coursework.
  • Admissions decisions will be communicated in the mail as soon as a decision is made by the Enrollment Committee. 

Process and Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a semester-by-semester basis. Review of application requesting admission for fall semesters begins early in the preceding spring semester. Review of spring semester applications begins early in the preceding fall semester. Decisions are made by a faculty committee and may take a few weeks. Final decisions will arrive to students by mail.

Clinical rotations only begin in the fall semester; 12 nursing pre-clinical course credits must be completed at Widener prior to entering the clinical rotations.

All applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply online for free. When prompted, list all courses that are in progress at time of your application.
  2. Submit official transcripts from ALL POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS attended. You MUST disclose all previous institutions attended in your application and submit an official transcript from each.
    Mail official transcripts to: Widener University, Office of Admissions, 1 University Place, Chester, PA 19013
  3. Submit scores from the TOEFL examination if you're a non-native English speaking applicant born outside the United States (international applicants, immigrants to the U.S. and U.S. permanent residents). (Exemptions) Those students who have completed ESL courses at a previous institution must also submit TOEFL scores. The exam must have been taken within the past two years.
  4. Submit official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores if you have completed less than 12 transferable credits. Transferable credits must be non-developmental and credit bearing. Technical/career-oriented courses are not considered transferable and grades of C- and below will not transfer. Additionally, courses must be taken at a regionally accredited institution in order for them to transfer.
  5. 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.

Admissions Requirements

For admissions consideration, a transfer nursing applicant must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA (from all institutions attended) of 3.0.

Additionally, success in science courses is expected as well as a pattern of academic progress without excessive course repetitions, withdrawals, and failures. Students with the strongest credentials will be offered admission. Depending on the strength of the overall applicant pool, a 3.0 cumulative GPA may not guarantee admission.

Students are welcome to apply whether they have completed all prerequisite courses or not. (See below for list of prerequisites.)  A certain list of courses is not required; however, having at least 6-8 credits in science is highly recommended. Courses in progress at the time of application must be completed with a grade of C or better, and the 3.0 GPA must be maintained.

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).

If a student has less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA, he/she may not 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 program. A student will not be permitted to begin in another major (e.g., psychology, liberal arts) and take classes toward the nursing curriculum.

Students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply. Second bachelor’s degree candidates are considered transfer students and should follow all information on this webpage. We do not offer an accelerated program for students who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree.


The nursing program is designed to be completed on a full-time basis. An academic advisor will discuss the progression of the courses with students, after they have been offered admission. A deposit is not required prior to such consultation. Widener does not offer an accelerated program.

Once admitted, students will be instructed to contact the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services in the School of Nursing. At that time, a progression plan will be discussed, including the time for completion of the program, point of entry into clinical courses, and academic requirements for progression. Entrance to the junior-level clinical courses occurs only once a year in the fall semester.

Although the exact timing of the program will be solidified during the advising appointment, a transfer student can expect to be enrolled for a minimum of three years at Widener before graduation. Two years will be spent in junior/senior-level clinical courses. The year prior will be spent finishing any needed prerequisite courses that a student did not transfer and/or completing one of the valuable minors for nursing students.

The following minors are recommended to complement the nursing curriculum:

  • Professional Health Care Writing Minor or Certificate (PRWR)
  • Social Work (SW)
  • Modern Language (Spanish)
  • Human Resource Management

Required courses in a disciplinary minor are generally in one academic field of study. Completion of a disciplinary minor is a secondary concentration in an established academic discipline. Requirements for the individual minors are in the Undergraduate Catalog under the discipline offering the minor.

Prerequisite Courses

Students are welcome to apply whether they have completed all prerequisite courses or not.

  • 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

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.

For students currently attending a local community college, we have developed community college course guides.


If interested in Widener University’s online RN-BSN program, please visit this specific website.