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 eight 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.  

Anne Krouse Dean, School of Nursing, Widener University
Dean of School of Nursing

Explore Nursing Degree Programs

We provide both undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs, with options for accelerated and online studies.

Where You Can Study

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Chester, PA Campus

Our Chester, PA campus offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing degrees. 

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Harrisburg, PA Campus

Our Harrisburg, PA campus offers our renowned graduate programs, with the exception of our nutrition ms and nursing science phd degrees.

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Widener offers many hybrid programs which combine online and in-person coursework.

Why Widener Stands Among the Best in Nursing Education

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.

Widener School of Nursing Students present at Research Symposium—Widener is considered one of the best schools for nursing in Pennsylvania.

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 to improve outcomes in healthcare and nursing education.

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Widener Community Nursing Clinics

Widener's nursing clinics offer uninsured residents in Chester and nearby areas access to nurse-managed primary care services, providing valuable hands-on experience for our nursing students while improving healthcare accessibility and affordability in the community.

Explore Our Nursing Clinics 

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Join Our Nursing Faculty & Help Shape the Future of Healthcare

Join our dynamic nursing faculty staff team at Widener University, where we offer opportunities for both full-time and adjunct positions. As a member of our faculty, you'll engage with a vibrant academic community, contribute to the next generation of nursing professionals, and actively participate in shaping the future of healthcare education. Whether you're an experienced educator or a passionate practitioner looking to share your expertise, there's a place for you in our collaborative and innovative environment.

School of Nursing Highlights

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Renowned in the Region

Our School of Nursing was ranked 7th in Pennsylvania among private colleges.

Recognized for Advancing Nursing Education

Only school nationwide to be named a Center of Excellence for advancing the science of nursing education.

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College of Distinction for Nursing

Recognized for top-quality teaching and successful outcomes.

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Top 30 in Nation

Our School of Nursing is proud to rank #28 out of more than 1,100 private institutions evaluated across the nation.  

Source: Nursing Schools Almanac


2 Convenient Locations

Programs offered at both our Main Campus and Harrisburg Campus.

Accredited Programs

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

Best Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Best Master of Science in Nursing

Recognized as the best hybrid MSN program based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation.

96% of Grads are RNs Within 1 Year

96% of nursing 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.

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2022 Gold Rating

Earned by the Widener Community Nursing Clinic at CityTeam three years in a row for its delivery of high-quality health care to underinsured and uninsured members of the community.

Partnership Hospitals

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

School of Nursing Resources

Access Undergraduate & Graduate Nursing Office Site

Discover the all-inclusive resource center designed for current nursing students. Gain access to exclusive collaborative groups and receive additional support to assist you on your nursing path.

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Explore the Faculty Directory

Explore comprehensive profiles of our esteemed nursing faculty members, featuring contact details, bios, research interests, publications, awards, and their dedication to healthcare education.

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Undergraduate Adjunct Nursing Faculty Information

Adjunct nursing faculty members are encouraged to access course materials and resources by logging into Canvas.

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