Undergraduate Major

Accelerated Nursing (BSN)

Whether you're seeking a second degree or looking to transfer credits, our nationally ranked accelerated BSN program will prepare you to thrive in the ever-evolving health care field.

Nursing BSN student in clinical setting

Program Overview

Our accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program will put you on the inside track to a career as a registered nurse. Earn your degree in one of two locations:

  • Main Campus: Designed for second-degree and transfer students*, this program meets on our Main Campus in Chester, PA. The program spans five semesters (22 months). Courses begin in September.
    *Starting Fall 2021, students will be required to have a bachelor's degree in another discipline in order to be admitted into the accelerated BSN program. Students with transfer credits that do not have a completed degree may be eligible to participate in our traditional undergraduate BSN program
  • Harrisburg Campus: Designed for second-degree students, this program meets five miles north of Pennsylvania's capital in suburban Harrisburg. The program spans four semesters (15 months). Courses begin in January.

No matter where you study, our accelerated bachelor's in nursing program will prepare you to go further, faster. Learn more by joining one of our many virtual information sessions held throughout the year. 

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The baccalaureate 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.

Main Campus Accelerated BSN Program

The Fall 2020 Accelerated Nursing program application is now closed. All applications submitted by the March 1 final action deadline will be reviewed and given consideration for admission eligibility.

View the current Loading... requirements for the Main Campus accelerated BSN program. Starting Fall 2021, the Main Campus program will follow the Loading... similar to the Harrisburg program.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from all previous colleges/universities attended.

Students must also have completed or be in the process of completing the following pre-requisites prior to enrolling:

  • Chemistry (4 credits, including lab)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits, including lab) taken within 5 years
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits, including lab) taken within 5 years
  • Microbiology (4 credits, including lab)
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Completed application to Widener University specifying a major in nursing.
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in previous course work with a pattern of academic success, particularly in the science courses.
  • Letter of good standing from the dean/director/chair of the nursing program for students whose transcript contains evidence of nursing courses, including a statement indicating the student is eligible to return to the school.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.

Starting Fall 2021, students will be required to have a degree in order to be admitted into the accelerated BSN program. Students with transfer credits that do not have a completed degree may be eligible to participate in our traditional undergraduate BSN program

Transfer Evaluation:

Every transfer student admitted to the Main Campus will receive an official transcript evaluation. The Office of Transfer Admissions can perform unofficial transfer credit evaluations prior to submitting an application or admission decision. However, priority is placed on submitted applications/admitted students.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in order for a course to be considered for transfer credit. See local community college course guides for easy pre-requisite course reference.

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. Accepted tests and requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (80 minimum/26 minimum on the speaking section)
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (550 minimum)
  • TOEFL Computer-based test (213 minimum)
  • IELTS (6.5 overall band score)
  • *IETS (TOEFL) school code for Widener University is: 2642

Non-native English-speaking applicants born outside the United States who attended a high school in the U.S. since the 9th grade must submit an official final high school transcript as well the SAT or the TOEFL scores.

Applicants matriculating prior to Fall 2021 will follow the standard undergraduate tuition and fees program. Starting Fall 2021, program tuition will change to a highly competitive, flat tuition rate of $48,000.

For more information about the cost and value of a Widener degree, check out our value and affordability page.

Harrisburg Campus Accelerated BSN Program

  • Regular action deadline: August 1, 2020
  • Final action deadline: September 1, 2020

View Loading... requirements for the Harrisburg accelerated BSN program.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from all previous colleges/universities attended.

Students must also have completed the following pre-requisites prior to enrolling:

  • Chemistry (4 credits, including lab)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits, including lab) taken within 5 years
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits, including lab) taken within 5 years
  • Microbiology (4 credits, including lab)
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition

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. Accepted tests and requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (80 minimum/26 minimum on the speaking section)
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (550 minimum)
  • TOEFL Computer-based test (213 minimum)
  • IELTS (6.5 overall band score)
  • *IETS (TOEFL) school code for Widener University is: 2642

Non-native English-speaking applicants born outside the United States who attended a high school in the U.S. since the 9th grade must submit an official final high school transcript as well the SAT or the TOEFL scores.

Harrisburg students benefit from a highly competitive, flat tuition rate of $48,000.

For more information about the cost and value of a Widener degree, check out our value and affordability page.

Program Highlights

Take the inside track to a career in nursing through our accelerated BSN program.

Nursing BSN students in a clinical setting

Flexibility

Our accelerated nursing program is designed in a flexible evening and weekend format to work for your schedule.

  • Main Campus classes during the weekday afternoon
  • Harrisburg Campus classes during the day

Clinical and lab sessions at both campuses are available at weekday, evening, and weekend times.

Female nursing student hands on in a clinical setting

Hands-on Learning

Gain hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Lab Testing. You’ll work to problem solve clinical scenarios and learn to apply skills and techniques learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

Nursing Student in Hospital Clinical Setting

Clinical Experiences

You will be matched with the region’s top hospitals for clinical practicum. From a large teaching hospital environment to a small agency, you'll gain clinical experience in a variety of specialties in our network of more than 60 hospitals.

Female nursing student in clinical setting

Service Learning

Your education will extend beyond the classroom. From a Community Nursing Clinic and local outreach projects, to an annual disaster simulation event, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service learning activities that will enrich your academic experience.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Through our accelerated nursing program, you'll build a resume distinguished by career-specific learning experiences.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Cooper University Hospital
  • Main Line Health System
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Crozer Keystone Health System
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Registered nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Legal nurse consultant
  • Case management
  • Worker compensation nurse

Industry Growth

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

94% Graduate Employment Rate

The percentage of students who graduated with a job in 2018.

Related Work Settings

  • Hospital
  • Long-term care facility
  • Outpatient setting
  • School
  • Home care

Take the Next Steps

Start your nursing career at a university that will put you on the inside track to success.

Visit Us

To visit Widener is, more often than not, to fall in love with the place. To fit your timeline and schedule, we offer a variety of ways to get to know us. Can't make it to campus? Attend a virtual information session for the accelerated bachelor's in nursing program.

Financial Aid

Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.

Next steps to apply

Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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