Online RN-to-BSN Nursing Program Overview


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Complete Your BSN. Tackle Health Care Head-On.

  • 30 credit hours*
  • Total courses: 8
  • Total estimated tuition: $14,760
  • CCNE-accredited
  • 100% online program
  • Asynchronous platform—no mandated log-in times
  • Graduate in as little as one year, or at your own pace
  • No clinicals or on-site residencies

Through Widener University’s online RN-to-BSN, you’ll grow in every way as a registered nurse. You will develop skills you can immediately put to use in your everyday work and emerge from the program as a caregiver whose influence is seen, heard, and recognized throughout your organization.

Unlike other RN-to-BSN programs, ours allows you to customize your curriculum so you can proceed at a pace that suits your life as a working nurse. In addition, the program doesn’t require on-site clinical experiences or on-site residencies, allowing you to study where you already are and fit your coursework into your busy schedule.

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

Complete Your RN-to-BSN in Less Time

You will emerge from this program as an exceptional professional nursing candidate in a timeframe that fits your life, so you can join the job market as a BSN-prepared RN as quickly as possible.

We offer both accelerated and flexible options, allowing you to choose your duration based on the demands of your schedule and career.

Program OptionTime to Completion***
Accelerated program8 months
Traditional program12 months
Flexible programAt your own pace

No matter your choice, you will be well on your way to earning your BSN by 2020, the recommendation established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for 80 percent of nurses to have their BSN.

Nationally in Demand

Quality nurses are already in high demand, due to health care’s rapid growth. Now, as more and more U.S. hospitals strive for Magnet status, requiring 80 percent of nurses to have their BSN, the need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses is greater than ever, too.

Your BSN will open you up to new opportunities and prepare you for a future where this level of education is either the most desired or mandatory.

Nationally Accredited and Recognized

Both the traditional and accelerated BSN programs from Widener University are even more desirable because our programs are CCNE-accredited. This accreditation from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) demonstrates that you will receive a rigorously evaluated and high-quality nursing education at Widener.

N L N Center of Excellence in Nursing Education 2013-2022C C N E Accredited Program

Widener has also been recognized again as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for 2013–2022 in the category of "Creating Environments That Advance the Science of Nursing Education."

This recognition shows your fellow nurses, your community, and your current and future employers that, with your BSN from Widener, you possess the comprehensive skills you need to give your patients world-class care and succeed and lead in a health care setting.

Bring Essential Skills to Work

Widener University's online RN-to-BSN curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials, a framework that defines how nursing programs should prepare BSN-educated nurses and guarantees that graduates can tackle modern health care challenges.

As defined by the AACN in 2008, the outcomes of this framework include: promoting safe, high-quality care; caring for patients across their lifespan; utilizing evidence-based practice; engaging in lifelong learning; and practicing in a diverse range of health care settings.

Through project-based courses that focus on experiential learning, our RN-to-BSN online curriculum helps you learn skills that you can immediately apply to your professional life as a working nurse—no need to wait until you graduate to enhance health care.

You will leave this program with the expertise you need to provide world-class nursing care to patients in our changing society, including:

  • High-level skills in implementing, influencing, and assuring quality, evidence-based nursing care
  • 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 evidence-based practice and how to apply it in providing patient care

Learn more about how our RN-to-BSN curriculum prepares you to advance your nursing knowledge.

More Opportunities. Higher Salaries.

Obtaining your BSN qualifies you for more nursing job opportunities and higher salaries than an associate degree in nursing (ADN).

  • BSN-prepared nurses qualify for 36.4% more RN positions than ADN-prepared nurses1
  • Entry-level BSN-prepared nurses earn $13,444 more than entry-level ADN-prepared nurses2

When you graduate with your BSN, you'll possess the leadership skills and practical experience needed to distinguish yourself as a leader and exceptional caregiver within your organization.

Learn more about how earning your BSN will advance your nursing career.

Why Widener?

At Widener University, we're nationally recognized for our commitment to career leadership and community service, and we were named 19th best school in the nation for service-minded do-gooders by Newsweek magazine.

When you earn your RN-to-BSN at Widener University, you will get an education infused with those values. You'll graduate ready to lead and promote positive change in your community through the health care you provide as a nurse.

Learn more about how Widener University will prepare you to excel.

Admission Requirements

  • Associate degree in nursing or RN diploma from a regionally accredited college or university
  • 2.0 minimum GPA
  • Active RN license
  • No work experience required
  • No mandatory on-campus days

Once you apply, you will receive a response within two weeks. Review the full list of admissions requirements.

Take control of your future and deliver a higher level of patient care. Review how a BSN can increase your job opportunities and annual salary, contact a program manager at 1-844-386-7321, or request a program brochure about what an online RN-to-BSN from Widener University can do for your future.

Additional Program Offerings

In addition to the RN-to-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.

*Based on students with 59 prerequisite credits. 33 credits awarded to active RNs.
**Based on students with 92 credits of prior nursing and other academic coursework. For students needing to complete certain prerequisite courses, they are available online through Widener.


1Burning Glass Labor Insight. Retrieved on July 10, 2019
2Nurse Journal (2019). BSN Degree vs RN Differences. Retrieved July 10, 2019, from