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.
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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.
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.
of our graduates are practicing RNs within 1 year of graduation.
You'll gain experience in a variety of clinical settings with site options at more than 60 hospitals and community agencies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"I teach because I believe sharing knowledge and stimulating thinking is a fundamental task of any discipline. I believe that education is change, and change is a constant human feature; education is, in this way, choosing to change. Though the focus of my scholarship and teaching centers on research methods, measurement, evaluation, and quality improvement, these knowledge areas form the bedrock of evidence-based practice—the kind of practice all health care professionals aspire to deliver to patients, families, and communities."
"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."
"As an educator, researcher, and student advisor, I am passionate about preparing the next generation of nurse leaders, educators, and scholars. I believe advancing the science of nursing education is dependent upon preparing doctoral students who question and explore how they teach while generating the best evidence for their teaching practices."
I consider myself to be compassionate and caring, and strive to engage my students in respectful dialogue. Teaching is a collaborative process between students and faculty, and there is a reciprocal relationship as we all learn from each other. As an advanced holistic nurse, I incorporate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in my teaching and seek to be a role model for my students.
"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."
"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."
Live and learn with your classmates in the N.E.T (Nurses Educated Together) LLC, while exploring the real-life experiences of nurses and spending time with nursing faculty who are dedicated to your success.
Nursing students can join Widener's ROTC program to help develop leadership abilities by learning critical-thinking skills; the value of character; competence and courage; self-discipline; and team building. ROTC Cadets are eligible to apply for generous scholarships.
When comparing costs, we encourage you to look beyond sticker price. Because Widener is a private institution, we're able to offer financial assistance that brings our exceptional education within reach.
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
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