Online RN-to-BSN Nursing Program Overview



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Tackle the Challenges of Health Care Head-On

Grow as a registered nurse (RN) with a BSN Online from Widener University. Experience this program’s speed-to-completion firsthand and see professional results quickly: You can earn your degree with the accelerated option in less than one year when you start with 59 prerequisite credits or create a custom program plan and take one course at a time. Unlike many other RN-to-BSN programs, Widener offers you a bachelor’s degree in a short amount of time, gives you the option to customize your program plan, and requires no clinicals or on-site residencies.

Our online RN-to-BSN program is entirely online and designed for registered nurses. It builds on the strengths you already demonstrate as a licensed nurse, develops leadership skills, and expands your knowledge to deliver high-quality care in an increasingly complex health care environment. Obtaining your BSN qualifies you for far more nursing job opportunities and significantly higher salaries.

  • An RN qualifies for 51% of current nursing jobs, with an average annual salary of $66,620*
  • A BSN qualifies for 88% of current nursing jobs, with an average annual salary of $75,484*

At Widener, we develop caregivers whose influence is seen, heard, and known throughout their organizations. We challenge you to upgrade your expertise through critical thinking and examining evidence-based practice, leadership, and population health as they affect future directions in nursing and health care delivery.

What to expect with Widener's online RN-to-BSN program:

  • 100% online program
  • Asynchronous platform – no mandated log-in times
  • Accelerated or flexible degree plan
  • No clinicals or on-site residencies
  • Receive 33 credits for your active RN license

CCNE Accredited and Nationally Recognized

Quality nurses are in demand, and with an increasing number of hospitals striving for Magnet status, the need for professional, baccalaureate-prepared nurses is becoming a job requirement. Earn your online nursing degree from Widener, proud to be accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Widener has also been recognized again as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for 2017-2022. Based upon a strong foundation of preparing leaders in nursing education with alumni serving as university presidents, deans, faculty leaders, and researchers, the Widener University School of Nursing received recognition and was awarded in the category of Creating Environments that Advance the Science of Nursing Education. This achievement is credited to the leadership of the faculty, who have demonstrated a sustained effort and passionate commitment to pedagogical research, evidence-based teaching practice, student engagement in the development of a science of nursing education, and the dissemination of these contributions.

Complete Your RN-to-BSN in as Little as One Year

Emerge as an exceptional nursing job candidate. Widener RN-to-BSN online students are eligible to potentially complete your BSN in less than a year.

Our program is based on the AACN Essentials, which is a framework that confirms that a nursing degree program meets modern health care challenges and allows you to be academically prepared to pursue higher education. Our nursing courses are project-based and focused on service learning because we believe that these instructional methodologies create the opportunity for our students to serve others and immediately apply the skills they learn in class. With AACN curriculum in place, Widener ensures that you graduate prepared with the skills you need to provide effective medical care in our changing society, including:

  • High-level skills in implementing, influencing, and assuring quality, evidence-based nursing care
  • A basic knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments
  • Decision-making with an acute awareness of local, national, and global trends
  • Ability to perform developmentally and culturally focused patient and family assessments, including comprehensive appraisals of physical, behavioral, socioeconomic, and environmental parameters
  • Complete understanding of how evidence-based practice (EBP) should be applied in providing patient care

Advance your nursing knowledge and career with a comprehensive curriculum led by a faculty committed to your future and success. Our RN-to-BSN program is comprised of 122 credit hours, 59 of which are completed in pre-requisite courses from the humanities and the social and natural sciences, and another 33 that represent credit for your previous nursing coursework.

Learn more about our accelerated RN-to-BSN curriculum.

Your Future with Widener University

At Widener, we develop true leaders. We are nationally recognized for our commitment to career leadership and service. In fact, Newsweek recently named us the #19 service-minded college in the United States. We will provide you with the advanced education needed to promote positive change within nursing, health care, and your community.

We’re one of an elite group of academic programs to be recognized as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for 2017-2022. We are committed to connecting students with opportunities to advance their careers and emerge as exceptional team members within their organizations and communities.

Admission Requirements

  • Associates in Nursing or RN Diploma from a regionally accredited college or university
  • 2.0 minimum GPA
  • Active RN license

For a full list of admissions requirements, click here.

Take control of your future and deliver a higher level of patient care. Contact a Program Manager at 1-844-386-7321 or click here to request a free program brochure about what an online RN-to-BSN from Widener University can do for your career.

Additional Program Offerings

In addition to the RN-BSN fully online program Widener offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs on campus to serve the needs of nurses at all stages of their careers.


*Source: (analysis of nurse job postings, 4/25/2013 to 7/21/2013)