Master’s Degree

Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) CRNP (MSN)

Elevate your career in an advanced role as a certified nurse practitioner to care for individuals and families in a variety of clinical settings.

Program Overview

The family (individual across the lifespan) CRNP MSN option emphasizes primary care for individuals and families across the life span.

You’ll be prepared to provide primary care in a number of settings including family practices, community health centers, hospital out-patient clinics, urgent care facilities, and ER fast-track. Our program emphasizes a holistic approach to the management of family health through interdisciplinary collaboration.

After this program, you will be eligible to apply for the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners certification exam.

The master's 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.

Program Options

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Students can enroll for the program at either our Main Campus in Chester or Central Pennsylvania campus in Harrisburg.

The program can be completed in 18–24 months of full-time study or at the student’s pace for part-time study within the five-year time limit post matriculation.

Students who are registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in a different discipline can enroll in the RN-to-MSN program to earn their master's degree.


Students who hold a MSN can pursue a Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) CRNP post-master's certificate. The School of Nursing offers a number of post-master's and post-doctoral certificates in different areas of study. 

View our post-graduate certificate options


  • Complete online application.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing or equivalent from an accredited program.
  • Minimum of 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in a BSN program.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education.
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics/research course with a grade of C or better.
  • Two recommendations, preferably from professional nurses with graduate degrees, regarding applicant’s practice and potential for graduate work in nursing.
  • Valid U.S. license as a registered nurse. NP or CNS option requires PA State Board of Nursing licensure prior to start of clinicals or as appropriate.
  • Satisfactory scores (550 written and 213 computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants from non-English speaking countries.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Updated resume.

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All admission requirements, including an interview, must be received and completed before:

  • August 15—for matriculation in the fall semester.
  • December 15—for matriculation in the spring semester.
  • April 15—for matriculation in summer sessions.

Students enrolled within the Widener University School of Nursing may be considering licensure (NCLEX) and/or advanced practice certification. Each state/jurisdiction has requirements that candidates must meet in order to obtain licensure and/or certification. To view Widener’s licensure qualifications by state, please visit the School of Nursing Licensure by State webpage or visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) directly. 

Program Highlights

With an MSN degree from Widener, you'll advance your skills through rigorous academics and real-world experiences.

2020 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

For enhancing student learning and professional development

Nursing students in clinicals

Renowned in the Region

Our School of Nursing was ranked 16th in the Mid-Atlantic region and 8th in Pennsylvania among private colleges.

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.

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

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


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Our flexible hybrid course delivery system offers in-person and online classes at both the Main Campus in Chester and Harrisburg Campus.

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Faculty Mentorship

Partner with nursing professors who bring years of clinical experience to the classroom. You’ll benefit from a graduate nursing student community that is guided by close mentorship and one-on-one support from our full-time faculty.

Female nursing student in clinical setting

Diverse Clinical Experience

Primary care can be provided in a number of settings. Our program will introduce you to the different setting options through diverse clinical experiences at the region’s top health care facilities and systems. On campus, you’ll have access to practice your skills in real-world scenarios in our state-of-the-art simulation and testing center.


At Widener, our nursing faculty aren't just teaching the courses but are creating the science of nursing education.

Shirlee Drayton Brooks

I ascribe to a pragmatic philosophy of teaching and learning. I believe that nursing education must be practical and logically aligned to the diverse needs of the population we serve.

Paula A. Gray
Clinical Associate Professor

"I am a proud graduate of Widener's FNP program and very passionate to teach, mentor and guide students to achieve their goals in becoming successful graduates of this program. The program is well known in the Tri-State area and beyond, and because of our certification pass rate and graduate's preparedness for the work-force, our graduates are able to be employed as APRN's very soon after graduation."

Clinical Assistant Professor

"My goal is for students to challenge themselves to become life-long learners who contribute new knowledge to this wonderful profession. Both novice and experienced nurses should take risks to seek out new learning experiences that ignite their passion for nursing and drive them toward improving outcomes for their clients."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

You will graduate with the expertise you need to provide care as a nurse practitioner.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Primary care nurse practitioner
  • Family practice nurse practitioner
  • Nurse educator

Avg. Salary


Average salary of an advanced registered nurse practitioner

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