Undergraduate Major

Nursing (BSN)

Receive your nursing education from a nationally ranked, accredited program that will prepare you to succeed in the ever-evolving health care field.

nursing students in scrubs

Program Overview

In our undergraduate nursing program, you’ll join a tradition of nursing excellence that spans more than 50 years.

Experience the power of courses taught by nursing leaders who will be by your side guiding you through the rigorous academics, connecting you to valuable clinical experiences, and preparing you for your future in health care.

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.

Program Options

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During junior and senior years, students will work in clinical practice in hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and long-term care facilities two days per week. Community-based experiences also take place in various settings, including a senior citizens' apartment complex, adult day care centers, schools, and clients' homes.

Prospective students interested in transferring nursing credits or enrolling in the accelerated BSN program can find more information on the Accelerated Nursing page.

Students enrolled in the traditional BSN and accelerated BSN programs can apply for the 4+2 MSN program in their junior year. The program offers two enrollment options: immediately following baccalaureate graduation from Widener, or within 3 years following baccalaureate graduation from Widener.

Admissions criteria:

  • A maintained minimum 3.5 BSN GPA
  • Pass the NCLEX exam by the first fall semester following the baccalaureate graduation
  • Students must remain in progression throughout their undergraduate semesters to be eligible for the scholarship program and be provisionally admitted to the MSN program

Deadlines to submit applications:

  • Traditional BSN student: September 30 of junior year
  • Accelerated BSN student: February 15 of junior year

Nursing students can apply to study abroad for the fall semester of their sophomore year in Madrid, Spain at the Universidad San Pablo CEU, Montepríncipe Campus.

The program requires that students take 2 nursing courses (Anatomy & Physiology II and Issues of Aging ) and 3 electives courses (Nutrition, Statistics, Humanities, or Sociology). 

Students can choose to live with a local host family or in a student dorm. The program includes health care-specific visits around Madrid, 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner) and excursions and cultural events organized on weekends.

To apply, students must submit an unofficial transcript and 2 letters of recommendation.

Learn more about study abroad

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application to Widener University specifying a major in nursing
  • Comprehensive ACT/ SAT Requirements
    • ACT math minimum requirement for chemistry is 19 or higher; ACT math score below 19, MATH 101 course required
    • SAT math minimum requirement for chemistry is 530 of higher; SAT math score below 530, MATH 101 course required
  • TOEFL*: IBT scores of 79 (total score)/26 (spoken)

Program Highlights

You'll have a resume distinguished by career-specific learning experiences.

Lab and Clinicals

With an 8:1 student-faculty ratio in clinical settings, you'll practice in a supportive, individualized learning environment.

90.47%

of our students passed the NCLEX for the year October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

1 of 6

schools nationwide designated as a Center of Excellence for Advancing the Science of Nursing Education.

96%

of our graduates are practicing RNs within 1 year of graduation.

60+

You'll gain experience in a variety of clinical settings with site options at more than 60 hospitals and community agencies.

Nursing Students in Simulation Lab

Hands-on Learning

You'll experience hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art facility starting your freshman year. In the Center for Simulation and Computerized Testing you’ll work to problem solve clinical scenarios and learn to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations.

Nursing Student in Hospital Clinical Setting

Real-World Clinical Experiences

You will be matched with the region’s top hospitals for clinical rotations in your junior and senior year. From a large teaching hospital environment to a small agency, you'll gain real-world clinical experience in a variety of specialties in our network of more than 60 hospitals.

Nursing Students with Faculty in Clinical Hospital Setting

Expert Faculty

Our full-time faculty are committed to your professional and personal success. You’ll benefit from close faculty mentorship from professors who aren’t just teaching the courses but are creating the science of nursing education.

student volunteers at nursing clinic

Service Learning

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

Faculty

You'll partner with full-time faculty who infuse their teaching with the latest trends, technologies, and research, which will put you a step ahead when you hit the workplace.

Shaakira
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."

Donna M. Callaghan
Professor

"My teaching philosophy has its roots in Bandura's Theory of Self-Efficacy. I believe that students learn (and clients change behaviors) through observing others perform activities, doing the activities themselves, having positive feedback provided, and having their anxieties decreased."

Rose Rossi Schwartz
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

"As a teacher, my role is to help students go beyond the facts. It is equally important to help students grow as people, support their professional and intellectual development, and to expand their world views. Through this growth process, students better understand themselves, their clients, and the clients' experiences."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Our graduates leave poised for career success in the growing field of nursing.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

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

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Registered nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Legal nurse consultant
  • School nurse
  • Home care nurse

Industry Growth

Employment of nurses is expected to increase of 15% by 2026 according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment Rate at Graduation

94% of students graduated with a job in 2018.

Settings to Work In

  • Hospital
  • Health clinic
  • Long-term care facility
  • Outpatient setting

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the Nursing BSN program.

I will be so ready for the real world because of the experiences Widener has given me and the professional experiences. I know I will be ready to tackle anything that’s thrown at me.

Kaylee Horchak

Kaylee's Story

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