Undergraduate Degree


Complete your RN-to-BSN nursing program entirely online from a nationally ranked, accredited program that will prepare you to succeed in the ever-evolving health care field.

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Program Overview

An online RN-to-BSN program will put you on the inside track to elevating your career with a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

The program is designed for registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree from a community college or a registered nurse from a diploma program.

Our flexible program is offered entirely online and does not require clinical hours or on-site residencies making it possible for you to earn a BSN in as quickly as 8 months. or complete courses at your own pace. You can apply previous college courses for program credits, affording you the flexibility to complete the program more quickly.

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

With courses offered entirely online, you can enter the program in any semester—fall, spring, or summer -- and set a timeframe that fits your schedule.

  • Accelerated: 8 months
  • Traditional: 12 months
  • Flexible: At your own pace

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After completing your BSN, continue your nursing education through one of our additional RN pathway programs.

RN to PhD

Graduates will be awarded an MSN degree on completion of the master's coursework and are prepared to take national certification examinations. The doctoral component of this option has a special focus on the creation and dissemination of new knowledge gained from disciplined inquiry that advances the profession of nursing education and its practice. The PhD degree will be awarded upon successful completion of all doctoral requirements, including the dissertation.

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A post-baccalaureate RN-to-DNP option is available for a fast-track to a doctor of nursing practice degree. Students must complete 74 credits in the approved post-baccalaureate RN-to-DNP family (individual across the lifespan) CRNP option or 66 credits in the approved post-baccalaureate RN-to-DNP adult-gerontology CNS option.

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Admissions Requirements

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Program Highlights

With a degree from Widener, you'll leverage online coursework to help you rise in your career.

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100% Online

Courses are taught in an asynchronous online format to enable you to meet the demands of your job while completing the course of study.

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Flexible & Tailored to You

The online course delivery system creates a synchronous learning environment that will allow you to engage with peers and faculty. Complete the work at a time convenient for you while still having access to our expert faculty.

You can earn credits for prior coursework and work experience, which will allow you to earn your degree in less than one year.

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Professional Development

Build on your strengths, develop your leadership skills, and deepen your knowledge to deliver high-quality care and prepare for expanded nursing roles.


You’ll benefit from close faculty mentorship from full-time professors who aren’t just teaching the courses but are creating the science of nursing.

Kim A. Noble
Associate Professor

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.

Shirlee M. Drayton-Brooks
Professor of Nursing

I ascribe to a pragmatic philosophy of teaching and learning. I believe that nursing education must be practical and logically aligned to the diverse needs of the population we served.

Paula A. Gray
Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing

"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."

Barbara J. Patterson

"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."

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."

Darrell Spurlock Jr.
Professor and Scholarship Director

"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."

Nancy Laplante
Associate Professor

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.

Donna M. Callaghan

"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

You will graduate with the expertise you need to provide world-class nursing care to patients in the evolving health care field.

Outlook & Outcomes

National Demand for BSN

Nurses with a BSN are in growing demand as U.S. hospitals strive for Magnet status.

AACN-Based Curriculum

With an AACN-based curriculum, you'll advance your nursing knowledge in a framework that prepares you to tackle modern health care challenges.

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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 education within reach.

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.

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