Transfer Nursing

Important Updates as of December 2013


Review of spring 2014 transfer nursing applications is closed.  Review of fall 2014 transfer nursing applications will begin in late January 2014.

Enrollment for the fall 2014 semester will be limited and competitive. For an application to be considered complete, ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WITH THE MOST UP-TO-DATE COURSEWORK (up to and including fall 2013 courses) must be received.

Clinical-ready admission for summer 2014 may not be an option.  (See below for more detail on clinical-ready summer admission.)  If and after a student is admitted, the student will speak directly with a faculty Nursing advisor who will clarify whether summer clinical-ready admission is possible and clarify when the student will enter clinical courses.


Process and Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a semester-by-semester basis. Review of applications requesting admission for the summer or fall semesters begins early in the preceding spring semester. Review of spring semester applications begins early in the preceding fall semester. Clinical rotations begin in the fall semester; 12 nursing courses are required to be completed at Widener prior to the fall semester.

Transfer students can enter the School of Nursing in one of two ways:

  1. Clinical-ready Admission (Spring Start or Summer Start)
  2. Freshman/Sophomore-level Admission

Clinical-ready Admission

Clinical-ready students may consider applying for either the spring or summer  semester.

You are considered “clinical-ready” if, at the time of application, you have completed, or are in the process of completing, the pre-requisite courses.

If you are uncertain as to whether you qualify as “clinical-ready," submit your application by the following dates:

  • Summer Start — February 15 
  • Spring Start — October 15

If you're offered admission, the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services in the School of Nursing will clarify your point for progression into the clinical courses.

Once enrolled at Widener, you will finish the following pre-clinical nursing courses either in the spring for a “Spring Start” or the summer for a “Summer Start” before entering clinical courses in the fall:

  • Introduction to Nursing (NURS 125) – 3 credits
  • Research Design (NURS 232) – 2 credits
  • Health Assessment (NURS 261) – 3 credits
  • Pharmacokinetics and Medication Administration (NURS 205) – 3 credits
  • Introduction to Informatics (NURS 201) – 1 credit

All of the above courses must be completed at Widener before entering the clinical. They may be completed during the spring semester or summer prior to fall semester clinical.

Clinical-ready applicants must submit the following:

  • Apply online. It's free. 
    When prompted, list all courses that are in progress at time of your application.
  • Submit official transcripts from ALL POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS attended. *Please mail all transcripts to: Widener University, Office of Admissions, 1 University Place, Chester, PA 19013
  • 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.
  • 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.

Freshman/Sophomore-level Admission

Transfer students who have not yet completed all pre-requisite courses will be considered for admission to the freshman/sophomore level courses. Successful completion of science courses is given strong consideration in admission decisions; therefore it is recommended that students complete at least four to eight credits of science courses prior to application for admission as a transfer student.

Freshman/Sophomore level admission applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Students are encouraged to apply by the dates listed below:

  • May 15 — recommended deadline for fall semester sophomore-level admission.
  • November 1 — recommended deadline for spring semester sophomore-level admission.

Freshman/Sophomore level applicants must complete the following steps:

  • Apply online. It's free. 
    When prompted, list all courses that are in progress at time of your application.
  • Submit official transcripts from ALL POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS attended. *Please mail all transcripts to: Widener University, Office of Admissions, 1 University Place, Chester, PA 19013
  • 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.
  • Submit official high school transcript and SAT 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 transfers.
  • 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 3.00.

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 3.00 cumulative GPA may not guarantee admission.

If applying for clinical-ready admissions, students must complete, or be currently enrolled in, the pre-requisite courses outlined above. 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.  If applying for Freshman/Sophomore level admission, a certain list of courses is not required; however, having at least 6-8 credits in science is highly recommended.

Non-native English speaking applicant 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 3.00 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 major. A student will not be permitted to begin in another major (ie Psychology, Liberal Arts, etc) 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.

Curriculum

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. For “clinical-ready” transfer students, the program can be completed in five semesters.

Pre-requisite Courses for Clinical-ready Admissions

  • 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 get a general sense of how their courses will transfer by comparing them to the nursing curriculum.

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

RN-BSN Program

Widener’s School of Nursing welcomes licensed registered nurses who have completed an associate’s degree program or hospital -based program to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The admissions process for students holding a Pennsylvania RN license is as follows:

To meet the fall, spring, or summer semester deadlines, complete your application by the following dates:

  • July 15 — Fall Semester 
  • November 1 — Spring Semester
  • March 15  Summer Semester
    If you wish to start summer classes, select the fall semester option on the application.

RN-BSN applicants must submit the following:

  1. An online application.
  2. All official post-secondary transcripts.
  3. A copy of the current Pennsylvania RN license.

A cumulative 2.00 GPA is required for admission.

Thirty-three (33) credits of block credit will be awarded for the nursing courses completed through the associate’s degree or hospital-based program. Additionally, credit will be granted on a course-by-course basis for equivalent courses; such evaluation occurs after admission.

Courses in the RN/BSN program are offered in a hybrid format; the courses are offered primarily online, with visits to campus occurring from one to three times per semester. The program can be completed in as little as three semesters, or up to three years, with the goal of being flexible for each student’s needs.

 

Pre-requisites for the RN-BSN

Below is a list of the pre-requisite courses that must be completed at Widener, or another institution (via transfer credit), prior to beginning the RN-BSN courses.

  • ENGL 101 Composition & Critical Thought
  • ENGL 102 Advanced Composition & Literature
  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSY 105 Introduction to Psychology
  • BIOL 121 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 122 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • PSY 381 Statistical Methods
  • NURS 216 Nutrition
    • 9 credits of humanities electives
      - History, English, foreign language, philosophy, and/or art history
    • 6 credits of social science** electives
      - Psychology, sociology, communication studies, criminal justice, political science
    • 4 credits of science electives
    • 14 credits of free electives
      - Any college-level, academic, non-developmental course.

RN-BSN Guide Sheets

For more information: Go to the RN-BSN School of Nursing web page.