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.  

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

Explore Nursing Degree Programs

We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, including accelerated and online options.

Where You Can Study

Widener University School of Nursing Founder's Hall through Cherry Blossoms

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 a 100% online RN-BSN-MSN program, as well as many hybrid programs which combine online and in-person coursework.

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.

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, improving health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities and generating a body of evidence to improve outcomes in nursing education.

School of Nursing Highlights

National Center of Nursing Excellence

The National League for Nursing named Widener a Center of Excellence for advancing the science of nursing education.

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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

1 of 6 schools nationwide designated as 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.

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

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

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More School of Nursing Highlights

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing BSN students receive faculty mentorship in School of Nursing Sim Lab—Widener is considered one of the best schools for nursing in Pennsylvania.

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.

BSN Degree nursing student learns in Widener University School of Nursing State of the Art Nursing Facilities—Widener is considered one of the best schools for nursing in Pennsylvania.

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.

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing BSN student Works in School of Nursing Community Clinic in Pennsylvania. Pursue a BSN degree and earn a nursing BSN at one of the best schools for nursing in Pennsylvania.

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.

Widener School of Nursing BSN Nursing degree student studies abroad—Widener is considered one of the best schools for nursing in Pennsylvania.

Global Experiences

Undergraduate nursing students have the opportunity to experience health from a global perspective with study abroad experiences in Spain, Peru, and Honduras.