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.
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!
If you haven't received your RN licensure, our traditional BSN degree program is right for you.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Interested in speaking in person with an admissions counselor? To visit Widener is, more often than not, to fall in love with the place and the people. To fit your timeline and schedule, we offer a variety of ways to get to know us.