In our flexible, powerhouse nursing MSN program, you'll be on the inside track to advance your career. This nationally recognized program is led by expert faculty with years of clinical experience who are committed to your professional and personal success.
Widener's master's degree in nursing program offers four concentrations:
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Step into an advanced nursing role by becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). This program will prepare you to provide care to patients in the adult to gerontology populations in acute care settings, including emergency and critical care environments.
Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) CRNP
Become a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) to care for individuals and families across the life span. In this program, you'll learn how to practice critical thinking, decision making, evidence-based practice, cultural competence and leadership skills in a number of settings.
Develop your skills to become a nurse educator in both clinical and academic environments.
Executive Nurse Leadership
Earn a degree that will allow you to transform the health care environment by leading as a nurse executive at the micro and macro systems setting.
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. View English Proficiency Requirements
International applicants who will be seeking licensure in the U.S. should work with Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to utilize their credentials evaluation service.
The School of Nursing requires a passing score on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination. The CGFNS Qualifying Examination is a prerequisite for taking the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Our flexible course delivery system makes it possible for you to fit any one of our master's programs into your busy life. Using a hybrid approach, classes are offered in-person and online so that they can work with your schedule.
Partner with nursing professors who bring years of clinical experience to the classroom. You’ll benefit from a student nursing community that is guided by close mentorship and one-on-one support from our full-time faculty. As you complete courses led by nurse leaders, you'll build a network that will follow you long after graduation.
My approach to teaching nursing and inquiry is based on realistic situational realistic pragmatism. The most significant learning occurs when practical and meaningful educational situations relate to nurses’ practice and experience.
"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."
I believe that an education with a foundation in science is essential for entry into nursing or advanced practice nursing. Nursing clinical reasoning skills grow as students apply an understanding of disease as the loss of normal function.
Students have great variation in their manner in which they acquire, process, manipulate, store, and retrieve learned information. It is a faculty priority to assist students with the development of metacognitive strategies to assist learning success and retention.
Widener is more flexible, capable, and effective as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adapting to remote operations has positioned faculty, staff, and students with the agility to stay connected and continue to advance the university's mission.
In response to the growing demand for virtual patient care during COVID, the graduate nursing program at the university’s Harrisburg campus is preparing students for this latest industry shift through newly incorporated telehealth programming.