Undergraduate Major

BSN Degree: Bachelor's in Nursing Major

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 BSN program will help you transform your personal education goals into a reality. 

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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. As a BSN major, 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 bachelor's degree in nursing 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 bachelor's of nursing degree is right for you? Contact our undergraduate associate dean for help. We'll look at your academic history and career goals together to determine your right fit.

Earn your BSN 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 for a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

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. 

SEEKING ADMISSION TO THE FALL FRESHMAN CLASS? 

If you haven't taken the SAT or ACT, no worries! Widener offers a test-optional admissions process. For nursing students who wish to still share SAT/ACT scores with the university, please know that only high school transcripts are considered to determine placement in math or chemistry courses for your fall semester and the math assessment is not required.

Questions about our admissions requirements? 

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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 traditional day 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 starts in the summer and spans 5 semesters
  • 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.
  • Optional pathway to an accelerated master's degree 

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

Application Information

  • Application Deadlines: 
    • Applications are due by January 15. 
       
  • Application Requirements:
    • Completed application to Widener University specifying a major in nursing
    • 60 credits completed; including 4 sciences 
      • 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
    • 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.

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.

As a college graduate, you may be eligible to transform credits earned while completing your first bachelor's degree into 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.

Explore the Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing (BSN) Program

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—with the exception of in-person practice hours which can be completed at a clinic site close to you. 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.

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.

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Students enrolled within the Widener University School of Nursing may be considering licensure (NCLEX) and/or advanced practice certification. Each state/jurisdiction has requirements that candidates must meet in order to obtain licensure and/or certification. To view Widener’s licensure qualifications by state, please visit the School of Nursing Licensure by State webpage or visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) directly. 

Options to Take Your BSN 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.

View Program Offerings

Set yourself apart academically by participating in the School of Nursing honors program.

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.

Learn more about ROTC

Nursing Major 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

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 16th in the Mid-Atlantic region and 8th in Pennsylvania among private colleges.

1 of 6

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

Founders Hall, home to Widener's School of Nursing, at dusk

Top 50 in Nation

Our School of Nursing is proud to rank #46 out of more than 1,100 private institutions evaluated across the nation.  

Source: Nursing Schools Almanac

 

60+

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

96%

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

BSN Degree Nursing Students in Simulation Lab at Widener University's School of Nursing. Explore our bachelor's degree in nursing and how you can earn your nursing BSN.

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.

BSN Degree 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.

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing BSN student Works in School of Nursing Community Clinic in Pennsylvania. Pursue a BSN degree and earn a nursing BSN at one of the best schools for nursing in Pennsylvania.

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 bsn degree nursing student study abroad location

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
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Clubs & Organizations

Nursing majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across campus and beyond to expand their network, including the Widener University Student Nurses' Association (WUSNA), American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Sigma-International Honors Society, and more.

Living Learning Community (LLC)

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.

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.

Monica Rochman
Assistant Professor

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.

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Assistant Professor

As a Nurse Educator, one of the pedagogical strategies I use is experiential learning, an approach that links course objectives with activities to contextualize learning as students develop clinical judgement. Experiential learning is particularly impactful in combination with community engagement, especially for raising social awareness and emphasizing the importance of social justice in health care.

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."

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."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

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

Outlook & Outcomes for Nursing Majors

Potential Careers

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

Industry Growth

Employment of nurses is expected to increase by 9% by 2030 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.

Recent Employers

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Main Line Health System
  • Thomas Jefferson Univ. Hospital
  • Einstein Medical Center

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.

Anna Cooney throws a shot put at nationals while wearing a Widener shirt, as other competitors look on

I think back at my little freshman self, trying to throw the shot put, and then where I am now, and I know there was a point to all of this. I am so blessed and so thankful for all the opportunities that Widener has given me.

Anna Cooney

Anna's Story
Jeremiah McFarland, standing outside a hospital, wearing blue scrubs

When I’m in a patient’s room, assessing and giving medications, I hear my professors’ voices from lectures. They’ve made me the best nurse I could possibly be and continue to grow into.

Jeremiah McFarland

Jeremiah's Story

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

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.

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. When applying, select "nursing" as your major, regardless of which nursing BSN pathway you desire to pursue. 

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