Accelerated Bachelor's Degree

Accelerated Nursing BSN: ABSN Program

Already earned a bachelor's degree but want to pursue a nursing career? Widener's ABSN program will take your previous academic achievements further, faster. This unique, full-time program allows you to complete your nursing bachelor's degree in as little as 4 semesters.

Nursing BSN student in clinical setting

Program Overview

Take the inside track to a career as a registered nurse through our accelerated, second-degree bachelor's of science in nursing (ABSN) program. Designed for students with an existing bachelor's degree, this program transforms earned credits so you can complete your BSN in as little as four semesters.

Earn your ABSN degree on our Chester Campus located 20 minutes from both Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE. Courses begin in mid-August.

No matter where you study, our accelerated BSN program will prepare you to go further, faster.

Unsure if the ABSN program is the best bachelor's in nursing pathway for you? We've got you covered!

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Widener University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Admissions Information

  • Completed application to Widener University.
  • Students must have already earned a bachelor's degree or must be in the process of completing a bachelor's degree prior to the program start.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from all previous colleges/universities attended.
  • Students must complete the following pre-requisite courses from an accredited institution prior to enrolling. For questions related to accredited institution requirements, please contact
    • Chemistry (4 credits, including lab)
    • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits, including lab) taken within 5 years
    • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits, including lab) taken within 5 years
    • Microbiology (4 credits, including lab)
    • Statistics
    • Nutrition

Chester Campus

  • Regular action deadline: January 15
  • Final action deadline: March 1
  • Program start: students start as a junior in the fall semester

All applications submitted by the final action deadline will be reviewed and given consideration for admission eligibility.

We are no longer accepting ABSN applications for our Harrisburg Campus.

Students studying benefit from a highly competitive, flat tuition rate of $48,000.

International applicants, immigrants to the U.S., and U.S. permanent residents are required to submit the results of an English proficiency test taken with 2 years, unless they are from a TOEFL-exempt country.

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Seat availability for the nursing program is limited. Once seat capacity is reached, students may be placed on a waiting list and they will be notified as seats become available and as soon as possible. Admission into the program is not a guarantee for students placed on a waiting list. The waiting list is not deferred to the next available intake, but students can apply again if so desired.

Students enrolled within the Widener University School of Nursing may be considering licensure (NCLEX) and/or advanced practice certification. Each state/jurisdiction has requirements that candidates must meet in order to obtain licensure and/or certification. To view Widener’s licensure qualifications by state, please visit the School of Nursing Licensure by State webpage or visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) directly. 

ABSN Accelerated BSN Nursing Program Options

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Continue your graduate education at Widener through the School of Nursing's robust program offerings which includes master's, doctoral (PhD/DNP), and post-graduate certificates.

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Set yourself apart academically by participating in the School of Nursing honors program.

Nursing students can join Widener's ROTC program to help develop leadership abilities by learning critical-thinking skills; the value of character; competence and courage; self-discipline; and team building. ROTC Cadets are eligible to apply for generous scholarships.

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Accelerated Nursing Program Highlights

2020 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

For enhancing student learning and professional development

Nursing students in clinicals

Renowned in the Region

Our School of Nursing was ranked 16th in the Mid-Atlantic region and 8th in Pennsylvania among private colleges.

1 of 6

schools nationwide designated as a Center of Excellence for Advancing the Science of Nursing Education.

Founders Hall, home to Widener's School of Nursing, at dusk

Top 50 in Nation

Our School of Nursing is proud to rank #46 out of more than 1,100 private institutions evaluated across the nation.  

Source: Nursing Schools Almanac


Lab and Clinicals

With an 8:1 student-faculty ratio in clinical settings, you'll practice in a supportive, individualized learning environment.

Female BSN degree nursing student hands on in a clinical setting in Widener University's School of Nursing simulation lab

Hands-on Learning in State-of-the-Art Facilities

You'll go beyond the classroom in our state-of-the-art facilities. At our Center for Simulation and Computerized Testing facilities, you'll problem solve clinical scenarios and learn to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations.

BSN Degree Nursing Student in Hospital Clinical Setting

Clinical Rotations within Our Network of Top Hospitals

Get matched within our network of more than 60 of the region’s top hospitals and healthcare facilities for clinical rotations in your junior and senior year. Whether in a large teaching hospital or small agency environment, you'll gain real-world clinical experience in a variety of specialties.

Female BSN degree nursing student in clinical setting

Community-Based Service Learning

Expand your education beyond the classroom through community-based service learning. Experiences take place in various settings, including Widener's Community Nursing Clinic in Chester, PA, which offers pro bono medical care to uninsured or underinsured community members, partnerships with local schools and organizations to for local outreach projects, a senior citizens' apartment complex, adult day care centers, schools, and even clients' homes.

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Study Abroad and Still Graduate in 4 Years

Widener's unique full-time traditional nursing program offers an opportunity that's hard to find within many other nursing programs—study abroad. Through a partnership with the Universidad San Pablo CEU, Montepríncipe Campus, you can experience your fall semester of sophomore year in Madrid, Spain.

The program includes:

  • Choice to live with a local host family or in a student dorm
  • Healthcare-specific visits around Madrid
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
  • Excursions and cultural events organized on weekends

Clubs & Organizations

Nursing majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across campus and beyond to expand their network, including the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and many more.

Students sitting in a lounge area on computers

Living Learning Community (LLC)

Live and learn with your classmates in the N.E.T (Nurses Educated Together) LLC, while exploring the real-life experiences of nurses and spending time with nursing faculty who are dedicated to your success.


You’ll benefit from close faculty mentorship from full-time nursing professors who are actively shaping the science of nursing education.

Clinical Assistant Professor

"My goal is for students to challenge themselves to become life-long learners who contribute new knowledge to this wonderful profession. Both novice and experienced nurses should take risks to seek out new learning experiences that ignite their passion for nursing and drive them toward improving outcomes for their clients."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Through our accelerated nursing program, you'll build a resume distinguished by career-specific learning experiences.

Outlook & Outcomes for BSN Students

Potential Careers

  • Registered nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Legal nurse consultant
  • Case management
  • Worker compensation nurse

Industry Growth

Employment of nurses is projected to increase 9% by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment Rate at Graduation

96% of students graduated with a job in 2019. 

Recent Employers

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  •  Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Cooper Univ. Hospital
  • Main Line Health System

Settings to Work In

  • Hospital
  • Health clinic
  • Long-term care facility
  • Outpatient setting

Take the Next Steps

Start your nursing career at a university that will put you on the inside track to success.

Visit Us

To visit Widener is, more often than not, to fall in love with the place. To fit your timeline and schedule, we offer a variety of ways to get to know us. Can't make it to campus? Attend a virtual information session for the accelerated bachelor's in nursing program.

Financial Aid

Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.

Next steps to apply

Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

We are no longer accepting ABSN applications for our Harrisburg Campus.

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