School of Nursing
Widener's renowned school for nursing prepares nurses to excel in the ever-expanding health care industry. We educate undergraduate and graduate nurses with the knowledge, skills, and leadership experiences to get good jobs and quickly advance in their careers.
Recognized & Respected as One of the Best Schools for Nursing in Pennsylvania
Located in the Greater Philadelphia region, we offer an array of nursing programs including bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in nursing education and nursing practice.
We're one of only six schools recognized by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Center of Excellence in Advancing the Science of Nursing Education, and in 2020 we were also designated as a Center of Excellence in a second category in the area of Enhancing Student Learning and Professional Development. That means, you'll be studying at one of the top nursing schools in the country.
With unique powerhouse programs in undergraduate and graduate nursing, two convenient locations in Chester and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a number of flexible, accelerated program options, you're on your way to carving out a distinguished path to a successful and fulfilling career in the nursing profession.
Explore Nursing Degree Programs
We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, including accelerated and online options.
Explore Nursing Programs by Campus
From residence halls to classroom and learning spaces, a number of campus facilities underwent upgrades over the summer months to enhance the Widener student learning experience at every level.
A small but mighty team of nursing students, professors, and mentors are celebrating a big win for the new Project PRIDE, a program designed to increase diversity within the School of Nursing and the field overall.
The expansion of health science programs in the College of Health & Human Services and School of Nursing is bolstering Widener’s interprofessional learning approach that has set the programs apart and put students on track to becoming competent and compassionate clinicians.
What Makes Widener One of the Best Schools for Nursing?
Our Nursing Programs Offer Hands-On Experience
Our students are immersed in clinical experiences, both on and off campus in the Greater Philadelphia region, applying classroom knowledge to real-world situations, benefiting from dedicated faculty who provide individualized support and guidance, and developing leadership skills that lead to successful, fulfilling careers.
Our Students and Faculty Are Involved in Industry-Shaping Research
Our faculty and graduate students have a passion for innovation and research. Widener nursing research has made significant contributions to the science of nursing, improving health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities and generating a body of evidence to improve outcomes in nursing education.
School of Nursing Highlights
2020 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence
For enhancing student learning and professional development
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.
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.
2 Convenient Locations
Programs offered at both our Main Campus and Harrisburg Campus.
Our bachelor's, master's, and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Best Master of Science in Nursing
Recognized as the best hybrid MSN program based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation.
of our graduates are practicing RNs within 1 year of graduation.
Lab and Clinicals
With an 8:1 student-faculty ratio in clinical settings, you'll practice in a supportive, individualized learning environment.
Students learn from experienced nurses and advanced practice registered nurses across the Delaware Valley. Clinical experiences at partner institutions offer students the opportunity to get real-world experience at these institutions, preparing them to be practice-ready when they graduate.
- Crozer-Chester Medical Center
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
- Temple University Hospital
- Cooper Medical Center
More School of Nursing Highlights
Faculty Who Invest in Your Success
In a recent survey, the majority of nursing graduates credit faculty as the best part of their experience at Widener. Here, faculty are more than just teachers. Students learn from full-time faculty (not just TAs) who guide and genuinely care about each student's success.
State-of-the-Art Facilities and Technology
We give students the opportunity to learn in an environment that simulates realistic clinical experiences that prepare them for real-world situations. The simulation labs allow students to learn hands-on skills, giving them opportunities to make mistakes without harming anyone, strengthening critical thinking, teamwork, and decision-making abilities.
Gaining Experience While Serving the Community
In partnership with Cityteam, we operate a community nursing clinic in Chester, Pennsylvania that provides free health care to those without insurance. Our undergraduate and graduate nurse practitioner students gain hands-on experience while serving those in need.
Undergraduate nursing students have the opportunity to experience health from a global perspective with study abroad experiences in Spain, Peru, and Honduras.