Bachelor's Degree w/Pathway to MSN

RN to BSN to MSN Accelerated Program

Earn your RN to BSN degree entirely online from a nationally ranked, accredited program. While pursuing your bachelor’s degree, you will also complete three graduate-level courses that will uniquely prepare you with the option to advance into an MSN program.

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Program Overview

An RN BSN program, offers registered nurses an accelerated pathway to elevate their RN nursing credentials with a sought-after bachelor's degree in nursing. You'll build on strengths and develop your leadership skills to deliver high-quality care and prepare for expanding nursing roles.

RN to BSN coursework is offered entirely online and provides an accelerated track for registered nurses (RNs) to earn a BSN degree in as little as three semesters. Widener's RN to BSN curriculum uniquely includes three graduate-level courses preparing RN BSN students with the option to seamlessly advance into an MSN program. 

Designed with flexibility and agility in mind, you can:

  • Complete your RN to BSN 100% online. There are no required on-site residencies. 
  • Start when you're ready. Enter the program fall, spring, or summer.
  • Set a timeframe that fits your schedule. Set your own pace. 
  • Go further faster with transfer credits. Transform previous college courses into program credits to complete the program faster.
  • Complete three graduate courses at non-graduate course pricing! Three online graduate courses are woven into the RN to BSN curriculum and offered at the RN to BSN tuition rate. Upon completion of your BSN, you may start one of our MSN programs right away or at a later date. These credits never expire and are a great way to earn a master's degree at an accelerated rate. Future MSN courses may be offered in-person, hybrid, or online and are offered at the graduate MSN tuition rate.

Unsure if the RN to BSN to MSN program is the best 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.”

Online RN to BSN Program Options

With a curriculum based on American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN) standards, you'll advance your nursing knowledge in a framework that prepares you to tackle modern health care challenges.

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Widener offers two tracks to an MSN for registered nurses—helping you take your nursing education further faster. As an RN, you have the option to pursue a BSN with graduate-level courses that'll put you on the pathway to an MSN or bypass the BSN and go straight from an RN to an MSN.

Accelerated RN to BSN with Master's Courses & Discounted Rates

For students who want to pursue a master's degree and are required to have a BSN for work. 

  • Jumpstart your graduate education. You take three graduate-level courses on your way to completing the RN-to-BSN degree—helping you earn your master's degree faster and at a discounted price! 

RN to MSN Accelerated Pathway

For students who want to earn only a master's degree, bypassing their BSN.

Select a nursing master's program to learn more about accelerated RN to MSN options.

If you are a current student wishing to apply for a graduate degree pathway program, complete your application online or contact your academic advisor. Please note, as a current student you do not need to pay an additional application fee when applying for a master's program.

After completing your BSN, continue your nursing education through one of our doctoral pathway programs:

If you are a current student wishing to apply for a graduate degree pathway program, complete your application online or contact your academic advisor.

Admissions Information

  • Complete your online application
  • Associate degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Evidence of current licensure with eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania. Don’t yet have your RN license, but planning for licensure in the near future? You may apply to our program at any time. You must be licensed prior to your first class.
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 or higher
    • If you have a GPA of 2.5-2.99, you can be conditionally accepted into the program. To be officially admitted into the program, you must complete 6 credits at Widener and earn a B or better.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education
  • Successful completion of an approved undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better prior to enrollment

Many area health care systems offer their employees discounted tuition rates for Widener's graduate and continuing studies nursing programs. 

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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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International applicants who will be seeking licensure in the U.S. should work with Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to utilize their credentials evaluation service

Nursing Program Highlights

With a degree from Widener, you'll leverage online coursework to help you rise in your career.

2020 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

For enhancing student learning and professional development

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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.

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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


Accredited Programs

Our bachelor's, master's, and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Earn an Accelerated RN to BSN Degree 100% Online

BSN courses are taught in an asynchronous online format (no set meeting time) which means you can study whatever time best suits you—helping you meet the demands of your job and provide flexibility for family life. 

Community Learning with Faculty Experts

Online BSN classes provide learning environments that will allow you to engage with peers and faculty. Even though you will not meet as a class at a set time, you will still having access to our expert faculty and a great community of students.

Clubs & Organizations

Nursing majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across campus and beyond to expand their network, including the Widener University Student Nurses' Association (WUSNA), American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Sigma-International Honors Society, and more.

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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

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 professors who aren’t just teaching the courses but are creating the science of nursing.

Nancy Laplante
Associate Professor

I consider myself to be compassionate and caring, and strive to engage my students in respectful dialogue. Teaching is a collaborative process between students and faculty, and there is a reciprocal relationship as we all learn from each other. As an advanced holistic nurse, I incorporate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in my teaching and seek to be a role model for my students.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Fast track your nursing career with this flexible, 100% online degree.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Registered nurse
  • School nurse
  • Home care nurse
  • Acute care nurse

Industry Growth

Employment of nurses is expected to increase by 9% by 2030 according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Employers

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Main Line Health System
  • Thomas Jefferson Univ. Hospital
  • Einstein Medical Center

Workplace Settings

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

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