Undergraduate Major

Nursing (BSN)

Receive your bachelor's degree in nursing from a nationally-ranked, accredited program. No matter where you are on your journey to becoming a nurse, Widener's undergraduate nursing program will help you transform your personal education goals into a reality. 

nursing students work with faculty member in simulation lab

Program Overview

In our bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, you’ll join a tradition of nursing excellence that spans more than 50 years. Here, you'll experience the power of hands-on coursework taught by faculty mentors who will be by your side throughout your academic journey connecting you to valuable clinical experiences and preparing you for your future in health care.

No matter where you study, Widener's BSN program will meet you where you are and help you go further, faster—whether it's your first time taking college-level courses, you've taken a few, or you're a seasoned academic with an RN or bachelor's degree in another subject.

Unsure which path to take next? Contact our undergraduate program director for help. We'll look at your academic history and career goals together to determine which pathway is right for you.

Earn your degree in one of two locations:

  • Chester Campus located 20 minutes from both Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE. 
  • Harrisburg Campus located five miles from the Pennsylvania State Capitol. 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) logo

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.

Admissions Pathways to a BSN Degree

New, incoming students will join the full-time, traditional undergraduate nursing major track.

Program Details

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Application Information

  • Application Deadline: None! We offer rolling admissions so you can apply any time.
  • Application Requirements: For a complete list of application requirements, check out our How to Apply page. 

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You may be eligible to transfer coursework credits into Widener's BSN nursing program. Upon acceptance, you will join the full-time, traditional undergraduate nursing major track as a freshman or sophomore, depending on the number of accepted transfer credits.

Program Details

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Application Information

  • Application Deadline: None! We offer rolling admissions so you can apply any time.
  • Application Requirements:
    • 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

Visit the How to Apply as a Transfer Student page for more information about transferring into Widener, how transfer credits are evaluated, and scholarships especially for transfer students.

As an experienced college student, you may be eligible to propel your nursing education and transfer into our accelerated nursing program as a junior. This unique, full-time program allows you to complete your BSN degree in as little as 5 semesters.

Program Details

  • Full-time coursework spans 5 semesters, starting in the summer
  • Reduced tuition for your first semester of summer coursework will save you around $6,000! 
    • Summer tuition at the start of the program is offered at the reduced general Adult & Continuing Studies rate. All other semesters will be billed at the traditional, full-time undergraduate rate. Keep in mind, starting your fall semester, you may be eligible for a transfer scholarship.
  • You have the option to complete up to 3 graduate-level courses as part of your curriculum giving you the option to complete an MSN degree faster. 

View the curriculum and coursework requirements for the BSN degree for advanced transfer students.

Application Information

  • Application Deadlines: 
    • Regular Decision - December 15
    • Final Action - January 15
  • Application Requirements:
    • Completed application to Widener University specifying a major in nursing
    • 60 credits completed; including 4 sciences (chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology I, and anatomy and physiology II), stats, and nutrition courses
    • 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

Visit the How to Apply as a Transfer Student page for more information about transferring into Widener, how transfer credits are evaluated, and scholarships especially for transfer students.

As a college graduate, you may be eligible to transform credits earned while completing your first bachelor's degree as acceptance into our accelerated, second-degree nursing program. This unique, full-time program allows you to complete your BSN degree in as little as 4 semesters.

Program Details

  • Full-time coursework spans 4 semesters, less than 1.5 years
    • Chester Main Campus students start as a junior in the fall semester
    • Harrisburg Campus students start as a junior in the spring semester
  • Students benefit from a highly competitive, flat tuition rate of $48,000

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Application Information

  • Application Deadlines: 
    • Chester Campus
      • Regular action deadline: January 15
      • Final action deadline: March 1
    • Harrisburg Campus:
      • Regular action deadline: August 1
      • Final action deadline: October 16
    • All applications submitted by the final action deadline will be reviewed and given consideration for admission eligibility.
  • Application Requirements:
    • Completed application to Widener University specifying a major in nursing 
    • Students must have already earned a bachelor's degree or must be in the process of completing a bachelor's degree prior to the program start
    • 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

Waiting List Details

Seat availability for the nursing program is limited. Once seat capacity is reached, students may be placed on a waiting list and they will be notified as seats become available and as soon as possible. Admission into the program is not a guarantee for students placed on a waiting list. The waiting list is not deferred to the next available intake, but students can apply again if so desired.

If you have an associate's degree in nursing from a community college or are a registered nurse (RN) from a diploma program, you may be eligible to join our Accelerated RN to BSN to MSN program. This unique, program can be completed part- or full-time and is offered fully online—no clinical hours or on-site residencies required. As part of the program, you'll complete three graduate courses which grants you the option to fast-track into an accelerated master's program.

To learn more, visit the Accelerated RN to BSN to MSN program page.

Options to Take Your Degree Further

Students enrolled in the traditional BSN program—including transfer students—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

Continue your graduate education at Widener through the School of Nursing's robust program offerings which includes master's, doctoral (PhD/DNP), and post-graduate certificates.

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Program Highlights

With a bachelor's degree in nursing from Widener, you'll have a resume distinguished by career-specific learning experiences.

2020 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

For enhancing student learning and professional development

2020 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

For enhancing student learning and professional development

Lab and Clinicals

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

Nursing students in clinicals

Renowned in the Region

Our School of Nursing was ranked 24th in the Mid-Atlantic region and 10th in Pennsylvania among private colleges.

1 of 6

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

60+

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

85.81%

of our students passed the NCLEX for the year October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

96%

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

Nursing Students in Simulation Lab

Hands-on Learning in State-of-the-Art Facilities

No matter where you study, you'll experience hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art facility. At our Center for Simulation and Computerized Testing facilities, you'll problem solve clinical scenarios and learn to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations.

Nursing Student in Hospital Clinical Setting

Clinical Rotations within Our Network of Top Hospitals

Get matched within our network of more than 60 of the region’s top hospitals and healthcare facilities for clinical rotations in your junior and senior year. Whether in a large teaching hospital or small agency environment, you'll gain real-world clinical experience in a variety of specialties.

Nursing Clinic

Community-Based Service Learning

Expand your education beyond the classroom through community-based service learning. Experiences take place in various settings, including Widener's Community Nursing Clinic which offers pro bono medical care to uninsured or underinsured community members, partnerships with local schools and organizations to for local outreach projects, a senior citizens' apartment complex, adult day care centers, schools, and even clients' homes.

Madrid, Spain nursing study abroad

Study Abroad and Still Graduate in 4 Years

Widener's unique full-time traditional nursing program offers an opportunity that's hard to find within many other nursing programs—study abroad. Through a partnership with the Universidad San Pablo CEU, Montepríncipe Campus, you can experience your fall semester of sophomore year in Madrid, Spain.

The program includes:

  • Choice to live with a local host family or in a student dorm
  • Healthcare-specific visits around Madrid
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
  • Excursions and cultural events organized on weekends

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.

Rose Rossi Schwartz
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

"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."

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."

Shaakira
Professor of Nursing

"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

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 by 7% by 2029 according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment Rate at Graduation

96% of students graduated with a job in 2019.

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

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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.

View Tuition and Fees

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 nursing education within reach. For traditional, undergraduate students, review the undergraduate tuition and fees information. Tuition information for other specific pathways can be found in the admissions pathway section of this page.

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 earning your bachelor's degree in nursing.

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